I hate wasting food. I have two cans of protein powder (one is opened) that contain pea protein and rice protein. I don't want to throw them away but I'm not sure my plan to use them up is any good for me.
Do you think that using this powder is going to throw off any progress that I've made? I haven't touched it since I've gone paleo but I'm thinking about using it in some smoothies until I run out, maybe every other day. One expires soon so I want to use it up, but I don't know if it is worth any negative consequences.
What did you do with your non-paleo foods lurking around in cupboards and the fridge after you made the switch? Toss them? Finish them up and then just not buy anymore of it?
I don't know anyone else who would want them and they were expensive so I just really want to use them up!
I donated anything unopened to the local Food Bank (because we travel so much I didn't really have any perishable items to worry about, but threw out what little I had of that) and threw out the rest or gave it to family.
In your case, could you exchange the unopened can wherever you bought it for something more suitable?
I would give them away, but I don't think they'd hurt you to consume them in the short term! Still, I always like to consider that my body is more important than just 'using stuff up' (I'm not a rubbish bin!). In this situation the foods seem rather benign, but if it was something that hurt me I'd just bin it or give it away.
Paleo is not something that must be started cold-turkey. Continue using them until they're consumed. Paleo benefits can be had just by increasing the amount of paleo-compliant foods in your diet. By paleo theory, pea protein (coming from a legume) would be more problematic. However, if you're not metabolically deranged or suffering from severe autoimmunity issues, you're probably just fine consuming these products.
I tried to use up most of my non-paleo things, and give away some of them also. I'm in college so buying new Paleo-accepted items, which are very pricey, as well as wasting all the other food I had was not an option for me. My strategy was that I gave away most of the cheaper stuff, or the stuff that I didn't actually like that much anyways, and just finished off the rest, but didn't buy more. For example, for me there was no use ruining the paleo diet for a wrapped fiber-one "brownie" that tasted like cardboard!
Toss em', going cold turkey is the only way to make it to paleo. We did it with two kids, once they realized we weren't buying that anymore and they could eat delicious amounts of fat and meat they were happy.It was extremely cleansing and freeing.
I can't be wasteful without losing sleep. Donate what you can to a food bank. Give the rest to your friends and family...or start cooking for them. If you love to cook or bake, this will be your last chance. Don't eat it and call it closure. As for rolled oats, sugar, coffee, cheap olive oil and whatnot...they make great body scrubs. I have enough cheap coffee and sugar scrub for a small paleo tribe.
The Paleo template is flexible IMO - one of those "not one sock fits all" kind of deals so as much advice as can come from here.. it's truly your decision. Budget, goals - so many different factors as every body is different.
In your heart - do you personally feel that the items remaining will hinder your progress or affect your goals? If you don't - keep them. If you do? I'm sure someone is more than willing to take off your hands, shoot an email out - that's how I was able to try my first Bluebonnet Whey powder - vanilla.. it was.. interesting.. like drinking cake, or even donate them to your gym. Good luck!
Pea protein and rice protein hardly sound very dire. Some of us eat rice and some have said peas aren't so bad. If those are expensive items I'd use them up, in smallish amounts. Or anything that's reasonable -- say canned or jarred this-or-that that might have some minor questionable ingredients.
Now if you're talking boxes of spaghetti and cereal and cookies or other obviously egregious items, those I'd throw out or give away.
I offered it all to my roommates - what they didn't eat eventually got thrown away. Although I do still have some non-paleo non-perishable food stashed away in a cupboard in case of an emergency or something. It doesn't hurt to have extra food around in case the shit hits the fan.
If they don't make you feel bad, use em up! Make the powders into shakes with healthier ingredients (berries & coconut milk, etc.); pea & rice protein are pretty benign IMO (as opposed to soy protein). You DON'T have to go cold turkey- some people do better that way, and it's not like this is a pack of Chips Ahoy or something you're going to binge and crack out on.
We still have some things in our pantry that we keep on hand for non-Paleo friends when they visit. We don't want to be that couple that no one wants to visit because all we eat is "boring meats and veggies." :) We eat our meals the way we want and they have chips, crackers, etc. to add to their plates to enhance.