Tips for going paleo
Paleo is fast becoming quite the hot topic recently, not only in the health, food and fitness industries but within the general population!
As a paleo and variations thereof advocate, it’s pretty exciting to see people who have never thought of food as a fuel or medicine, researching and questioning their daily habits.
If you are not sure what paleo is, the basic premise is eating foods our bodies were genetically designed to eat. This includes free-range and wild meats and seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts (if you can tolerate them) and seeds.
The paleo diet eliminates grains, dairy, legumes, sugar and processed foods. While there is much debate on whether some of these food groups such as legumes and dairy should be eliminated given their positive nutritional qualities, there is no doubt that eliminating sugar and processed foods have an extremely beneficial effect on the body and your health.
So, just think about what you would have to cut out of your diet if you eliminated all grains, dairy, legumes, sugar and processed foods (namely any food in jars, cans, packaging – we try to avoid additives and preservatives)?
It can be quite daunting realising that most of your diet needs to change so I’ve compiled a quick list of tips, which has helped me in my paleo journey and hope that it can help you!
1. Think and eat fresh
Don’t be fooled by manufactures of food. They generally have very little interest in your health. However, eating fresh you can always be sure you are getting the nutrients your body craves. You will also avoid any additives or chemicals that processed foods contain.
2. Do not worry about the cost
Actually I find that paleo is cheaper than eating normally (unless you eating 2 minute noodles every night for dinner). Because your cooking from scratch and cooking large meals that last two or three serves, you’ll find you’re less reliant on takeaways saving you a fair bit of coin.
Also because your energy levels and appetite become more stable you’ll actually find you need less food and have a constant state of energy. I find I snack very little while eating this way even with a high amount of exercise.
3. Learn to cook easy, quick meals – food prep will be you new favourite!
You don’t plan to fail but fail to plan is the saying! Spending some time prepping your food on the weekend is always a great idea and makes cooking during the week much easier! A lot of my clients tell me it’s too much effort cooking from scratch, but actually it can be super simple. You need to find recipes that work for you and your time frames, cooking level and tastes. I’m not a great cook, but I am still able to cook simple, delicious, nutritious foods.
An example of a simple meal:
Mushroom, green beans, lots of spinach and kale sautéed in coconut oil
Roast chicken slices on top (Either left overs or bought)
4. Do your research!
There’s no way around this! You need to do your own research, in order to be convinced that paleo is the best way for you to eat. In my opinion, we are very far removed from what our bodies need to eat in order to be healthy and we can feel it in our bodies. How good to your really feel? Energetic? Vitalised? Strong? Fit? If not maybe it’s time to look at your diet as to why?
Look into paleo and what it means, why people recommend it, the science behind it so you understand it. To get you started here are a few books that may interest you:
The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolf
Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedaudas
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
A great one if you’re addicted to sugar and processed foods is:Sweet Poison by David Gillespie
So what can you take away from this?
Well, making a big change in your life can be really tough, they always say the hardest things in life are often worth it. If you could have more energy, a clearer mind, vitality and just feeling generally awesome, what lengths would you go for it?
If you do your research and you’re not convinced my best advice would be to give it a go for 30 days and see if it’s for you. Observe how you feel, the changes in your mood, your body and your mind, then you can truly judge what a difference it makes. What have you got to lose?
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About the Author
Elle has a passion for women's fitness and helping girls improve their self-image through fitness. Her vision is to create a CrossFit gym, which allows women to learn how to move, build their strength, learn to be healthy and gain respect for their bodies showing them how amazing they really are! Find out more