Shop, Cook & Dine Primally

So, you’re ready to change your lifestyle and become healthier. Are you wondering where to start? Looks like it’s time to shop, cook and dine primally. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Personally, I do a lot of my shopping at Whole Foods. Whole Foods has been the most convenient physical store, everything I need is pretty accessible, and since they’ve been bought by Amazon, their prices have lowered and I get additional discounts for being a Prime member, which is awesome! The nearest grocery store to me is Safeway, which I honestly avoid. Although they have a lot more of the things I regularly buy, it’s definitely pricier than Whole Foods. I pick up certain things as well from Trader Joes, since that’s the next closest grocery store from me. You can make whatever you have near you work, especially if you also have a Thrive Market membership. (I have a list of some of my favorites here, and you can sign up here.) Farmer’s markets are another really great option, you can find great quality produce, eggs and meat!

The most budget friendly way to shop, is really all on the outside aisles. Avoid getting sucked in to all of the fancy paleo stuff, as nice as it is to have as a treat, if you’re getting it regularly, it adds up. Your meals should be mainly vegetables, good quality meat and some kind of healthy fat. It doesn’t need to be complicated to be enjoyable and healthy.

When purchasing meat, look for labels that read "grass finished" or "100% grass-fed." Beware of labels with no official meaning, such as "natural" or "free-range," but trust the USDA Certified Organic label. If you can get meat wholesale or at a discount, stock up on it in your freezer! When you cook, use products that can withstand high temperatures, such as butter, ghee, and coconut oil.

When dining out, request that food be cooked in real butter rather than vegetable oil, and build your meals around vegetables and protein. It doesn’t need to be too complicated, we like to go to steak houses so we can order vegetables and meat and have a good time without feeling awful afterward.

Listen to your body and learn its signals of hunger and satiation, the longer you’re eating this way, the easier it becomes. Our bodies are equipped to tell us what it needs, so if we stop bombarding it with addictive substances (like sugar and wheat), then we can let our hormones do the work for us!

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