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What Do You Even Eat?!- The Basics

This is going to be part one in a series about what we even eat! This is by far the most common question that I get when I list the food restrictions that Arden and I have, and the list does sound extensive so I definitely understand the curiosity. So to start, here’s the list of what we don’t eat (if you’re wondering why, read this post):

  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato
  • Any form of tapioca (cassava, arrowroot)
  • We also avoid all soy products, corn/vegetable/canola oil, and most of the “gums” like guar gum, xantham gum, carageenan

That’s a pretty long list, right? So it makes sense that people would hear it and say “What do you even eat?!” and my typical answer is meat, vegetables, and fruit but now I will get into the specifics! We basically eat a Paleo style diet with a lot of vegetables and high quality meat, some nuts and fruit and a few treats to round things out. 

So let’s start with breakfast! I’ve found that I feel the best if I start my day with some vegetables and protein/fat. I like to make a sort of hash using either turnips or squash as the base (since potatoes are out), then I add some type of sausage or ground meat, onions, garlic, and greens. It’s a versatile dish and is great for cleaning out the fridge and using up those CSA (community supported agriculture) veggies! Here are some of my favorite combos:

  • Summer squash, chorizo, red onion, cilantro, and any kind of green (top with avocado!)
  • Turnip, ground lamb seasoned with garam masala, red onion, garlic, arugula, and cilantro
  • Turnips, breakfast sausage, onion, garlic, any kind of green
  • Another great variation is a play on fried rice- ground pork, snap peas, carrots, bok choy, onion, garlic, ginger, cauliflower rice (buy it frozen!), my stir fry sauce (I will post the recipe soon), and a mix of mint, basil, cilantro, and green onions stirred in at the end!

Now don’t think that I’m making this every morning! I usually make up a big skillet once a week and then I just pull what I need out of the fridge in the morning and quickly heat it up on the stove in my small cast iron skillet. When I haven’t planned ahead, I usually throw together a quick smoothie using frozen fruit and some kind of green with coconut milk and collagen peptides!

Leftovers are the best lunch for us, but we don’t always have them and sometimes we are on the go and I need to pack a lunch to bring with us. When we don’t have leftovers, I basically make a charcuterie plate for us. Typically that includes-

  • Deli meat (I buy Applegate), when I’m feeling fancy I make a lettuce wrapped sandwich
  • Cut up veggies- if I have guacamole in the fridge I bring this to dip!
  • Berries or cut up fruit
  • Nuts

Dinner probably feels like the most “normal” meal that we eat. Instead of meat and potatoes we eat meat and vegetables. Here are some favorites:

  • Grilled meat and veggies with salad or cilantro lime slaw
  • Zucchini noodles with meat sauce (with greens in the sauce!)
  • Ground pork stir fry with cauliflower rice
  • Carnitas lettuce wrapped tacos with cilantro lime slaw and guacamole
  • Crispy skin salmon with roasted broccoli and some sort of salad

So now the most important category- snacks and treats! Here are the snacks that I love:

  • Dry roasted nuts with dried cherries
  • Larabars
  • Trader Joe’s olive pouches
  • Dried mango
  • Cut up veggies
  • Cut up apple with almond/peanut butter

And the treats:

  • I have a peanut butter cup problem! The best ones in terms of taste and clean ingredients are these Theo PB cups, but I also buy the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate PB cups
  • When I’m being good and avoiding my PB cups I make a coconut butter, cocoa powder treat that I top with either peanut or almond butter- I will share the recipe for this soon
  • Whole fruit popsicles- try to find them without a lot of weird ingredients. We’ve been buying these goodpop popsicles
  • For a real treat we make a trip to Eb and Bean, a local frozen yogurt shop that has amazing dairy free options with super clean ingredients!

So now you might be wondering what Bryston and Everett eat? The short answer is that they eat the same things that we do, but there are definitely some differences. Bryston follows more of a ketogenic diet and drinks Bulletproof coffee in the morning and does intermittent fasting- these are definitely topics that deserve a full post, but basically that means that he makes his coffee in the morning and then doesn’t eat until the afternoon. This seems to work really well for his body and he has experienced great results mentally and physically eating this way. Everett eats what we eat for most meals but he does have some gluten free items like bread and crackers and limited dairy. Also, when we aren’t at home Everett gets some freedom of choice with his diet- this is something that I’m struggling with as a parent but I think it’s important to let him make his own choices about what to eat.

So that’s the basics of what we eat! This is going to be a weekly series and it will include recipes, how we choose what to eat at a restaurant, where we shop, and more about Bryston and Everett’s specific diets. Leave us a comment with any questions that you have or if there is a specific topic that you want us to cover for this series!

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