When I first heard about the paleo diet, or “caveman diet”, I thought it was just another one of those unsustainable fad diets. There appeared to be more food you couldn’t eat than you could. Why would anyone subject themselves to such a restricted, boring and bland diet?
I continued to hear more and more about the health benefits of the paleo diet through my network of friends who had hopped on board and drank the “juice”. I was still skeptical, and let’s face it, unwilling to make such a dramatic change in the way I ate.
Fast forward to today, and my family and I have been eating a primarily paleo diet for three years. So, what happened that changed my thinking? Let’s just say of Paleo: “You had me at chocolate!” Paleo chocolate cake that is! All jokes aside, what really happened was I realized that paleo-food CAN taste good, and saw how enjoyable it was to cook healthy food for myself that I actually liked. I enjoyed the challenge of being creative with a limited ingredient list and foods that I had never used before in cooking (almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot powder…).
Since getting started can sometimes be a little overwhelming, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about the paleo diet that has made it much more manageable to sustain and enjoy (gasp!) over the past several years.
- Eat lots of meat: (From animals raised the way nature intended them to live), along with veggies, nuts, seeds, paleo diet fruit, and limited starch.
- Remove offensive foods from your diet. What’s an offensive food, you ask. Well, it’s really quite simple: grains, legumes (beans, peanuts), most dairy, refined sugar and sugar substitutes, high fructose corn syrup, soy, and vegetable oils.
- Your food can taste good! Among the wealth of information available on the internet these days is a slew of paleo-diet-focused food blogs and cookbooks with some pretty unbelievable recipes. A few of my favorites are everydaypaleo.com, paleomg.com, and elanaspantry.com. I have never tried a recipe from any of these blogs that I didn’t enjoy! So believe it or not, although you are restricted by the types of food you can eat, there is no limit on the amount of flavor or spice you can have. So be creative and eat up!
- You can eat A LOT! Snack away! Since your body won’t be storing fat for energy, you may find yourself hungry more often. That’s completely normal and OK. So long as your food choices are “clean”, you no longer have to count calories or points. Your body will tell you when it’s hungry for food, and that food will provide you the energy you need rather than being stored in fat reserves.
- Eating “paleo” is more of a lifestyle than a diet. Once you make the choice to go paleo, you are making a choice to change the way you view food forever.
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