The Lunchman Cometh
I worked at a company many years ago where a Meals On Wheels lunch vehicle pulled into the parking lot each day at around noon. The driver would sound his horn, and the employees would cease working and make for the truck as if someone had shouted the words "free money." Our passion for cholesterol was unchecked at the time.
The driver and operator of what we referred to as the lunch wagon was a good enough fellow, friendly and unassuming. Just another ordinary guy trying to make ends meet. He was aptly labeled the "lunch man."
The "lunch man" had a bounty of items wrapped in tin foil that filled the heated racks of his "lunch truck." The cold sandwiches were in a clear wrap. Each item had a sticky label attached to it describing what was beneath the tin foil or clear wrap: ham and cheese sandwich, pork roll and egg sandwich, meatball sandwich.
The curious thing was that below each label was a second label defining the ingredients. The ingredients for a ham and cheese sandwich would read ham, cheese, and bread. The ingredients for a pork roll and egg sandwich would read pork roll, egg, and bread. Should someone ask "Hey, what's in this meatball sandwich?" the "lunch man" would examine the list of ingredients and say, "Looks like there's meatballs and bread in there."
Beginning in youth we were conditioned to not ask about ingredients, and many people remain that way to this day. What's in a can of pork and beans? Why, pork and beans of course. Primal food shopping involves asking questions and reading the ingredients beyond the face side of the label.
Ready: Do Your Homework...
Set: Make a Primal Food List...
Go: Go Primal Food Shopping...
Having read the Primal Blueprint eating plan, we were ready to do our primal food shopping. The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation book suggested a few places where more healthy foods are sold. My husband and I settled on our local farmer's market. The market is an ethnic blend where farmers, Italians, Polish, and Amish dealers have the greatest number of tables. It is a long-time favorite spot of mine for produce but I had never bought the meat there.
We purchased our fresh turkey and chicken products at a stand run by Amish vendors. Their birds were free-range animals gotten from farms in Pennsylvania and Maryland. They were raised on a pasture and fed a natural diet free of hormones and antibiotics. The meat is more healthy. It has more nutrients and a better flavor than the certified organic birds found in popular food stores. The fact that it is from nearby areas is beneficial. Using local animals prevents the burning of polluting fossil fuels and the short distance for transport gets the product to consumers that much quicker. The prices also were exceptional.
The area Costco charged $12.30 per pound for certified organic chicken cutlets that were processed in an industrial facility and transported long distances. The area Trader Joe's charged $6.99 per pound for its certified organic chicken cutlets. The Amish dealers charged only $5.69 per pound for their free range chicken cutlets and only $2.50 per pound for a whole roaster.
Likewise, the turkey sausage and chicken sausage from the Amish deli were homemade from the same free-range chickens. The turkey bacon, turkey burgers, and ground turkey also were homemade. Each was only $3.99 per pound -- quiet a bargain for such quality.
In addition, the large eggs from free-range chickens were $3.19 per dozen compared to the local Shop Rite's cage-free eggs at $4.00 per dozen.
The Polish deli located in the same farmer's market also made all of their own meats including a delicious chicken kielbasa. The yogurt, butter, and milk sold at the stand were both courtesy of Jersey cows.
We purchased our vegetables from a handful of local farms, from the actual farmers that planted, grew, and harvested them.
The balance of our food (sparkling water, organic dark chocolate, almond butter, non-seasonal veggies and fruit, etc.) were purchased from Trader Joe's, a food store specializing in organic products. Prices for most of the items we purchased were fair and we were satisfied.
What's in Your Pantry?
You'll remember from my previous sharepost that we moved all of the healthy primal foods in our pantry to the right side of the pantry (the left has all the non-primal foods, which my dad eats). You'll furhter recall that I said the right side of the pantry was a tad barren of food. Well, now it is briming with our healthy primal foods!
Now that the homework and legwork are complete, we are out of the starting gate and ready to begin. Let's go! Are you ready to begin your own Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation challenge?
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Published On: February 08, 2012