If I run out of these items, I replace them. The vegetables rotate based on what’s in season & available (see the WahlsPaleo+ vegetable list below). The meat on the freezer list above are just our staples. We buy all manner of other types of fish & meat fresh.
Other than what’s on these two lists, there really isn’t anything else we eat.
I was surprised at first by how seemingly finite these lists are, because I don’t experience it that way in my daily life. Rather than thinking in terms of a limited diet, I see this pattern of eating as an opportunity for creativity & health.
I’m actually delighted to walk past all the crap I no longer feel compelled to buy in the supermarket. But it took awhile to get to this point.
I remember a time when I felt it as my right (somehow) to reward myself with food. Or when comfort food was my default during difficult times. Including just an exhausting workday.
Now, daily life just isn’t difficult & exhausting.
And my body is so nourished that the concept of ‘food treats’ is actually foreign to me. When I contemplate food, I evaluate it based on how it will contribute to my well-being.
I’m not in a state of nutritional deficit, so I have no cravings. I totally enjoy food & look forward to meals but it’s not compulsive or fraught or problematic anymore.
At present I’m on an AIP-compatible version of the WahlsPaleo+.
My partner Matthew is back on a low-FODMAP version of the AIP, as this is the only variation that seems to be correlated with a reduction in his severe, unexplained nausea. We think the nausea is related to Small Intestinal bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and he is now working with a Functional Medicine Doctor to try to get a diagnosis.
- The WahlsPaleo+is a ketogenic diet. Most of my calories are coming from Coconut Oil. I’m eating 2 meals a day & fasting in between. I’m restricting animal protein to 8-10oz a day and I’m eating no fruit other than berries;
- Matthew also tried an AIP-friendly version WahlsPaleo+ but couldn’t handle the quantity of Coconut oil, as it exacerbated his nausea. If he can get the nausea under control he’d like to try the WahlsPaleo+ again, but for now he is substituting olive oil in salad & animal fat in cooking. He’s eliminating high & moderate FODMAP fruits & vegetables while staying strict on the AIP. He’s eating a lot more animal protein then me, and eats small amounts of fruit, including green planatains in plantain nachos.
Here’s a list of low-carb vegetables on the Wahl’s Paleo Plus. Matthew just eats vegetables & fruits that are low-FODMAP. Find the low-FODMAP list here. Neither of us eat nightshades; they’re indicated in brackets on the list below.