This post is for those of you out there who have heard about the paleo diet and want to give it a shot.
It can seem like a huge huge HUGE deal to switch over to paleolithic foods from a modern diet, but I’m willing to bet you’ve already eaten paleo and just didn’t realize it.
Ever have a veggie stuffed omelet for breakfast?
Ever had a salad with sliced chicken and nuts for lunch?
Ever had steak and a salad for dinner?
Now just do all three of those on the same day and you’re eating paleo.
And here are 5 little tips to help you make the transition even easier:
1) Remember why you’re doing it.
Switching to paleo will eliminate most modern health problems (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc) and make losing weight a snap.
Reminding yourself of the terrific improvements you’re going to make in your health and well-being will make switching to the paleo diet… exciting!
2) Don’t worry about getting your carbs.
With years and years of a high-carb diet being pounded into our brains, beginning paleo eaters freak out about not having enough carbs to fuel their bodies. Don’t worry – we actually aren’t designed to eat grains or legumes, and they’re making us sick.
If you feel weak or light-headed and worry your brain isn’t getting enough fuel though, you’re probably right. Most people drastically under-eat when they go paleo. Just think, if you’re used to getting 100 grams of carbs from grains at each meal and then just drop the grains, you’re going to come in 1200 Calories low at the end of the day.
The trick to avoid light-headedness during the switch is to eat wayyy more protein and fat then you’re used to on a modern diet. That way you get enough calories from good sources and never get the dreaded “low-carb flu.”
3) Learn how to cook.
I had a 43 year old mother of three join my boot camp a while back. Here’s the thing… she had never learned to cook!
She raised her kids on microwaved meals and fast food. Period.
I had to help her find youtube videos of how to scramble eggs, and guided her on cooking chicken.
The more you cook, the better you look.
Cooking is an adventure. Learning how to prepare delicious paleo meals feels great!
I used to HATE cooking. I mean, food is just fuel, right? Who cares as long as it’s edible.
Well, I’m glad to say that since embracing paleo eating I now LOOOOOVE to cook. It makes you feel awesome when you make a delicious meal from scratch and can say, “wow, that was freakin’ delicious!”
You don’t have to go all Julia Childs, either. A cast iron skillet is about all the tools you need. Start small if you’ve never cooked before. Scramble some eggs. Barbeque some chicken. Do more as you grow more confident.
Always remember this rule: The more you cook, the better you look.
4) Clean out your pantry.
If it’s in your house, you’re going to eat it sooner or later. (Probably sooner)
Get rid of snacks and treats first. Then do a deeper cleaning and get rid of anything made with grains, sugar, dairy, soy, or legumes (beans).
Give it to your friend’s kid in college, students will eat anything.
5) Stock up on the good stuff!
Have plenty of choices. Don’t try going paleo with an empty fridge.
Make it a rule to try one new vegetable a week. (Smaller markets are great for this)
Try meats you’ve never had, like elk or duck.
Experiment with new (old) fats, like macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, or duck fat.
Get lots of meat and always have some cooked for when you’re hungry, so you’re not tempted to go out and find a bad-for-you snack. Here’s a list of sample paleo snacks that you can use for ideas: Primal Snacking Rocks
Transitioning to paleolithic eating from modern eating isn’t that hard, all it takes from you is the decision to do it!