Starting paleo diet is the first step to improving the quality of your life. Other people who have started the paleo diet have reaped the benefits of weight loss, decreased blood pressure and ridding themselves of disease. To ensure optimum results, it is important to follow certain steps including establishing your goals, don’t cheat and follow the rules. The rules are simple but breaking the habit of eating what we want, when we want, is a bit harder.
But once you get into it and after a week or so, the paleo diet will become habit and a few days later, your new lifestyle. You will start to see significant results with minimal exertion. It will motivate you to look outside just dieting and maybe even exercise, and a new lease on life will start to take shape, literally…
Starting paleo diet – Eliminate foods
Understanding which foods to eliminate, and eliminating them is really the critical key to success. The upside is you can significantly increase the intake of the foods that are permitted.
These foods include grains i.e. rice, barley, wheat, rye etc; and potatoes, beans, dairy, alcohol, refined sugar, salt and vegetable oils. Let’s brake this down to some of the high consumption items we eat on a regular basis these days – bread, cereal, sugar, pasta, milk/cheese and other dairy items and fatty meats; additionally starch foods such as potatoes, corn, peanuts, beans and legumes, fruit juice and sodas.
This banned items are really the staple diet of most modern day people. You may start to think that that doesn’t leave me with much option, but surprisingly we can adapt rather easily. Eating out with friends will be your biggest challenge, but its easy to ask to swap certain foods and stick to the plan!
Go into your pantry and fridge and starting cleaning them out so you don’t get tempted…
Find out the foods you can eat
The paleo diet is a high protein diet thus is perfect for increasing muscle and reducing fat.
Eat vegetables and feel free to increase your portions. These are high in nutrients and minerals and you will really feel better after a couple weeks due to this alone.
Eat fruit; these are high in antioxidants and a natural source of sugar. Don’t over do it here; if you’re not exercising regularly this sugar no matter how natural can still store, causing you to gain weight.
Eat meat including seafood, Fish, beef, lamb, poultry, pork as well as the more game meats including kangaroo, dear etc. Sticking to organic and free range will ensure you are consuming essential fats and fewer hormones that can cause health problems.
Eat eggs, berries and nuts which are a great snack and high in protein.
Starting paleo diet – Get a plan
A meal planner will really help you stick to your schedule. To make it easy, eat the same meals for 2-3 weeks to save you being overly creative and saving time. We normally don’t change up our diet that much anyway so why do it now. Think about it, if you’re a cereal eater, how many times each week will you eat the same cereal each morning…
As you start to get more paleo recipes under your belt, change this to suit. Also if you stick to a paleo meal planner you will be less likely to cheat.
Don’t cheat yourself
If you’re unsure then it’s probably not allowed. Don’t sit there holding a hamburger trying to justify it to yourself. “Well it has meat and some salad…” No, you are only fooling yourself.
Do your due diligence
Before starting paleo diet, discuss this with your health professional so they can prescribe any necessary supplements is always a good idea. A low-carbohydrate diet such as this one can cause rapid weight loss which can result in dizzy spells. Also you may not be getting enough calcium or magnesium in your new diet, so be sure you understand what your diet lacks so you can find the foods that will ensure optimum health.
Do some research when starting paleo diet, read books on the paleo diet and attain meal planners and recipes. Being prepared will assist in this transformation.