Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paleo Diet should be called the Farmers diet 

Paleo Diet should be called the Farmers diet
NOTE: It became so big here I decided to create my own Paleo blog to keep track to read more on this diet check out...

My husband and I started the Paleo diet for 30days another name they like to call it is the "Cave man diet" I think more of it as the "Farmers diet". The main reason I call it this is because most of the stuff you will be eating can be found on a farm like meat, veggies nuts & berries, so unless you live on a farm or fish a lot this diet can be pretty expensive. To keep it frugal you need to have some connections or know how to get this stuff other then the super market......No wheat, Pasta, beans etc..

The diet consist of a lot of lean meats of fish, chicken, some lean pork, all kinds of veggies, fruits & nuts (except peanuts) To help on this quest of our for 30 days maybe longer I bought myself a "Superwave oven" sort of like the Nuwave oven but it was cheaper plus it had a glass dome not plastic, I despise plastic. I am cooking everything in it so far its coming out really good. I did try to make turkey bacon in it, I don't think it came out that well. I made sweet potato fry's my family loved them.

So we have taken out of our diet all processed foods & sugars trying to eat more raw as possible.
We have also omitted dairy some people worry about not having calcium but I am not too worried about that right now since we eat a lot of green leafy stuff which will substitute for it, if we do drink milk its raw milk so easy for our stomachs to digest.  After 30 days I will bring back on cheese & yogurt but I really want to make my own from raw milk.

As for the meat luckily a few months ago I stocked up on pasture raised ground meat from a farmer, our fridge is loaded with lamb meat, & I just purchased 21 broilers from a 4-H boy. We are going to keep them on grass for a few weeks to get them healthier. We have pigs that will be ready for the butcher in May along with some stew chickens. I checked out our local flea market on Sat and can find veggies/fruits there a lot cheaper then I do at HEB our local food store.

I have tons of pecans to eat so I have bought some other nuts to mix them up with them for snacks. It is going to be expensive buying all the vegetables right now till we can get our garden growing again.

Some say this is a lot like the atkins I disagree since they encourage you to eat lots of veggies and fruit.  We plan to add a little more carbs with Gluten free products after the 30days. Its going back to the basics like I said a "Farmers diet" Note: My husband is following the book completely and more likely he will lose faster then I will, he has omitted fruit from his diet for the first 30days. I am trying to eat it only in the morning sometimes for snack. I need some kind of sugar or I will go mad! lol 


Ways to save on the Paleo diet: (Will be adding more as I continue)
Check craigslist: Farmers advertise there as well as individual people on selling stuff. Check out the "Farm Garden section"
Check out local farmers market. Eat whats in season.
Raise your own chickens most cities will allow so many chickens in your area check out your State regulations.
Barter with a friend who likes to fish. 
Find a whole cow, pig, lamb on craigslist and go halfs with another family tell them to take to butcher for you. (Make sure you know how the animal was raised)
Join real foods group look for them locally thru facebook or yahoogroups.


Special Note: When I first started this I didnt realize I was going to have such a withdrawal from sugar & that my body was going to get sick from detoxing. By the second day I thought I was going to crawl out of my skin it was then I realized I addicted I was to sugar! By the third day i was fine full of energy. Fourth day i started to get sick with what I thought was a cold aches, pains, sneezing like crazy, nose running. So for the fourth, Fifth & Sixth day I treated it like a cold. I took more vitamin C but I took cold meds at night cuz I couldnt sleep.

By the seventh day it was completely gone its then I realized it wasn't a cold but my body detoxing. If I had only know it was my body detoxing I would have skipped the cold meds and drank more herbal teas and water. So this is warning to all who may start this it may not be that your getting sick but your body detoxing.Two weeks into it I tried to sneak a capachino drink & I thru it up and had stomach pains all day I guess that goes to show that my body doesen't really want that sugar anymore. The body knows what it really wants!

Recipes I am putting on other site when I have more time:

Paleo Recipe sites:

Paleo Blog site:

Gathering recipes for the super bowl


Gluten free sites:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Plastic Barrels ideas

Just as I love the many ideas of pallets I love barrels too! So I decided to start collecting ideas on how to use barrels.

This is a friend of ours that we just helped build this hydroponic system for her small farm.

Of course these are always great for water catchers!

Check out this DIY book from Amazon on how to build one yourself.

Check out the rain station downspout kit

Here is a link to a guy that made a huge water catcher with the barrels


Movable garden containers


Kids car made out of a barrel cute! 

This forum had a few good ideas for dog houses made out of barrels

So this was harder then I thought collecting these, I would think there were more ideas out there. Just need more time I guess to look.


Electricity: Making windmils out of plastic drums

rain barrels, plastic barrels, rain totes, rain catchers, barrels, food totes