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A Week of Meals in Pictures, Day 5

The Same Boring Good Stuff or the Same Crap

This evening while putting together the 5th day of Meals in Pictures, I commented to Eric that I eat a lot of the same stuff over and over and that my food, in pictures, actually looks pretty boring.  He replied, “Most people eat boring stuff, even people who eat crap food tend to eat the same crap food over and over.” Good point.

Many times when people ask us about Paleo, one of their first questions is, “What do you eat for breakfast?”  My answer is usually eggs with vegetables and/or fruit and they reply, “That sounds boring.”  Yes, true, but ask that same person what they eat for breakfast and they will most likely reply “cereal with milk” or “oatmeal.”  In other words, the same stuff over and over but they don’t think of it as boring.  I personally ate Kashi GoLean Crunch everyday for four (ok it actually took me 5) years in college.  I never once thought, “man, my breakfast is boring.”

Oftentimes when we think about eating great food we define it to ourselves as having to be gourmet, filled with variety, or downright glamorous when in fact great food on a day in, day out Paleo basis is a lot of the same foods.

But I’d rather be Paleo boring than Type II diabetes boring!

Here’s the list of foods eaten so far this week.  As a point of reference, the average grocery store now carries 45,000 different products.
– carrots
– beef (steak and ground)
– clementine
– apple
– chicken
– brussels sprouts
– spinach
– grapefruit
– avocado
– mushrooms
– salsa
– brocoli
– onions
– almonds
– eggs
– bacon
– fish oil
– coffee

3 Responses

  1. Bones

    Absolutely right – when people who eat McDonald’s Big Macs 4 x per week argue that paleo is boring, you can roll your eyes while they roll their bellies! However, you can make paleo foods very interesting, because virtually all spices, herbs, etc. are paleo, and cooking techniques are irrelevant. For example, in the Basque region of Spain (considered by many to be the heart of creative cooking for the past decade or so), you can eat tuna mousse (that’s right – tuna mousse) which is creative mostly because of technique; avocado and prawn tartar with tomato and apple on greens; asparagus mousse on roasted lamb; etc. The point is, they take basic local ingredients and prepare them in ways, and in combinations, that are creative – they play with their food! Anybody can do this to some extent, though perhaps not everyday due to time, etc., but there is no reason why you cannot try to be creative with combinations and preparation techniques. Even a breakfast based on eggs can be very interesting – poached, fried, or scrambled eggs with combinations of vegetables (asparagus, spinach, whatever), and some leftover meat (lamb, shredded chicken breast, etc.). And don’t forget sauces/salsas. Add avocado and and salsa to eggs and it can be very interesting with virtually no additional preparation time.

  2. shane

    Good call Bones. I try to add a new spice each week to one of my meals. The best way to find out what works and what doesn’t is to just try it.

    Bottom line: if you find your meals boring it’s because you made them boring.

  3. I can not believe we had to suffer through those Paleo photos!


    It’s not fair to the food!