I often discuss nutrition when teaching fitness classes. It’s a vital component of fitness, a fact that’s often forgotten. Many people think you can “out-exercise” a bad diet.
But you just can’t.
Eating well is vital, regardless of your activity. Sure, if you’re very active, you need more food, but eating healthy food is still important.
How to go about eating a healthy diet is often a challenge. I lean towards Paleo, but I’m not super strict. My husband eats fairly well, but doesn’t adhere to Paleo in any regards.
Managing Divergent Diets
And cooking for the both of us with our divergent diets is actually not that hard. Most of the time, I simply double my own portion of veggies while DH has some veggies along with bread or rice. I make large quantities of veggies so I can eat the leftovers for lunch and dinners. DH eats the following veggies, although he doesn’t like them leftover, reheated.
- Grilled asparagus
- Grilled zucchini
- Steamed broccoli
- Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts
- Frozen peas
- Canned green beans
- Carrots, roasted or steamed
- Roasted parsnips
Veggies I like that he doesn’t:
- Steamed cauliflower
- Cabbage, either steamed or oven roasted
- Roasted beets (although he makes some great jokes about them!)
- Cucumbers. DH finds them absolutely repulsive, but I snack on them often.
- Plain celery (I eat it in “Ants on a log”)
We both like green salads, but somehow end up not eating them often enough to use up the ingredients before they go bad, so I just don’t make them at home.
Additionally, I have lots of good meals that are compatible with this disconnect. I’ll list the meal, then my paleo modification below.
Paleo Modifications to Popular Meals
Burritos: Meat, beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream in a tortilla
- Paleo: Lettuce wrap in place of tortilla, or eaten “naked” (in a bowl). No cheese or sour cream. Sometimes I use a little sour cream. It doesn’t take much to get the flavor. A little goes a long way.
- Paleo: I eat mine on a lettuce wrap, or with a pickle or cucumber ‘bun.’ I really don’t miss the bread. I will sometimes just indulge in the cheese, or cut it down to half a slice. Again, a little goes a long way to provide the flavor.
Grilled sausage and peppers on a bun
- Paleo: “Naked,” no bun
Paleo Recipes Popular with Normal Eaters
The following recipes are all, or mostly paleo, and quite delicious! I’ve served them at dinner parties, and given them away as thank-you gifts.
- Date Shallot Rosemary Chicken
- Lemon Balsamic Chicken a la Chris (My friend invented this on the spot!)
Both of these are delicious with rice. The paleo version is to skip, or use cauliflower rice.
The only non-paleo ingredient is croutons, but it’s such a small quantity per-serving, I don’t worry about it.
- Chicken Salad
One of few meals I make with no recipe! I simply dice veggies, toss in raisins or grapes, and a dressing of a little mayo with apple cider vinegar. Mayo is soybean-oil based, and therefore not paleo, but, again, the quantity is small so I don’t worry about it.
This is one of pathetically few foods on the post that both my children actually eat! DH and I like eggs over-easy, and the kids prefer scrambled with cinnamon & vanilla extract. (I discovered this by accident, when I had leftover French toast mix!) Fruit and veg for a side-dish for me, toast for DH and the kids. Super easy!
For hikes or trips to the pool, I’ll generally pack myself fruit and nuts (dried cherries with cashews is fantastic), sometimes veggies with hummus, while DH and the kids get granola bars or goldfish crackers.
I’m just so used to being the lone, weirdo healthy eater, I barely even think about it anymore!