Welcome to Appalachian Paleo! This is a place that I am going to chronicle my paleo life in a small Appalachian town. I live in a “suburb” of the second largest city in West Virginia (maybe third, we go back and forth). My suburb has about 2,000 people. My city has less than 50,000. I have two master’s degrees – in history and mathematics. I’m a wife and mother to two boys. I’m a fan music, true crime, learning new things, and Ticonderoga pencils.
Navigating a paleo lifestyle, I believe, is a little different here than other places. My local store looks like the day before Thanksgiving every day. The shelves are often bare with no rhyme or reason. I actually have no idea why this is the case. I suspect mismanagement. We have Kroger, Walmart, etc., but no Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. We have a very small health market about 45 minutes away that has been a lifesaver for me at times. We have a local foods store as well. It’s pricey, so I don’t get there all the time.
I’m also not a natural cook. I find cooking boring and just something I have to do – not something enjoyable. So, I try my best to make it more enjoyable and will hopefully share those with you other non-cooks out there. It’s also a struggle because my boys (all three of them) are not paleo.
Welcome to my life! I’ll share recipes I’m cooking, tips I love, paleo budgeting, how to navigate in a small town that does not offer many paleo options, and anything else I can think of. I’d love to hear from you!