The Paleo diet concept is one that I have wanted to cover for some time. I am fascinated by how easy the concept sounds, yet how difficult daily execution is in our overly processed food culture. Often referred to as the “Cave Man” diet, a Paleo regiment requires a shift in lifestyle but is often met with exciting weight-loss results. Forget calorie counting and obsessing over portion size, the Paleo diet is so simple it hurts – if you can’t hunt it, fish it, gather it, or grow it – you can’t eat it. Goodbye high fructose corn syrup, hello fresh rosemary and sea salt. While the entire concept is simple, beginners often find the change of lifestyle to be problematic and move away from Paleo recipes back to processed foods in a short period of time.
I recently spoke with my friend Kevin at Carbaholics Anonymous who is fighting for everyone to make healthier life choices. He gave me some great resources for staying motivated, eating healthy, and simple recipes for any diet - not just a Paleo menu. I love his website because it sends a similar message to the Paleo concept - get back to simple, healthy food options! Kevin's message is most definitely a personal one that anyone struggling to life a healthier existence can relate to.
"My Dad and I decided to help ourselves and other carbaholics find a better way to eat. About six months ago, I asked my dad to watch a great movie by Joe Cross titled “Fat, Sick and nearly Dead“. It is an amazing story about this overweight man with several illnesses. In 60 days, eating and drinking fresh fruits and vegetables, lost over 50 pounds and most of his illnesses disappeared! That was Dad and I's inspiration to start our website and fill it with hundreds of articles on staying motivated, delicious recipes, and exercises for people of all ages." -Kevin, Founder, Carbaholics Anonymous
If you are considering the Paleo lifestyle, you can access excellent recipes and meal replacement options through Carbaholics Anonymous. But when you feel yourself moving back to the flour, sugar, and hotdogs, here are ten tips to keep yourself on the Paleo track:
- Plan meals. Take time every Sunday (or whatever day works for you) and sit down and plan on your meals for the week. Planning will help you stay on track and not cheat.
- Keep meals simple. Don’t over complicate things by trying to have a vegetable at every meal or meat at every meal. Go with what works for you.
- Stock up on good foods. Make sure you are prepared for times when you want to snack or are hungry for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you make sure that you have the good foods on hand you’ll be less likely to fall off plan.
- Stay away from the bad foods. Rid your house of non-Paleo diet foods because if you have them on hand eventually you’ll eat them.
- Recipes. You can find lots of Paleo recipes on the internet for free. Follow them and once you get comfortable with eating a Paleo diet start to create your own recipes.
- Cheats. When first starting a Paleo diet be as strict as possible the first 30 days then after that allow yourself a cheat (a food you’ve eliminated). Pay attention to how you feel after eating it. You may find it makes you feel like crap so you’ll be less likely to want to cheat again.
- Soups. Soups (or stews) are great to make so you don’t waste veggies and meats that might be getting close to their expiration date. You can make large batches and freeze it for easy meals later.
- Frozen veggies. These are cheaper than buying fresh vegetables and you can get different varieties all in one bag.
- Nuts. On the Paleo diet you’ll eat lots of nuts which can be expensive. Buy them in bulk, you’ll save money in the long run. When you buy in bulk you can also get them unsalted and raw.
- Meal replacement shakes. These are good to keep on hand, carry with you, keep at the office, etc. If you find yourself out of food or working late you can grab one of these.