The Paleo Diet is Still Alive
It’s a popular belief going into 2018 that the paleo diet is no longer relevant. As paleo became a trending diet, there was a lot of backlash from anthropologists and other professionals that study the Palaeolithic era.
Due to the reports and articles that were published by these respected individuals, people become stuck on the name as it was originally based on the principles of early human nutrition habits. Now that the idea of it stemming from the Palaeolithic era has been debunked, some people have been lead to believe the benefits of the diet are also false.
You can find out more thorough details on the paleo diet using our Paleo Diet Guide.
Benefits of the Paleo Diet
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How to Start Eating Paleo
Following the paleo diet is as easy as your ability to plan, and then follow your plan.
Knowing what to eat in advance is half the battle. You’ll feel organized and far less stressed when you know exactly what you’ll be eating and when.
To help you out with that, check out our Meal Planner – just make sure you’re logged in and you’ll be able to schedule any and all of our paleo recipes to your personal calendar. From there you can print off your grocery list for the week, based on the recipes you’ve selected. Pretty neat, eh?
You can also switch recipes if you change your mind and you’ll have access to our Low Fat Low Carb recipe videos that explain how to cook each of your meals!
Now you know the action steps to get started. If you would like to know some special ingredients people often shy away from, check out our article called Paleo Recipes: The Missing Ingredients.
Below are the two main ways people start a paleo diet.
Are You an All-In Kind of Person? Or Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?
If you’ve spent some time exploring nutrition and diet options, you’ve probably already heard a million things about the paleo diet. And by now, you’re likely considering trying it for yourself. But where to start? What’s the best way to get going?
Unfortunately, what works for one person won’t always work for another. How you start a paleo diet can really depend on your current lifestyle, but there are two general approaches that can help provide more structure when getting started.
Before we get started on, well, getting started, let’s review some of the basic do’s and don’ts of a paleo diet:
DO: Focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods; eat protein, healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables.
DON’T: Pack on carbs and grains; eat too much protein; overeat in general.
Remember, the paleo diet calls back to our paleolithic ancestors. That means your focus is on food that, in theory, was hunted or gathered. As a result, grains and breads aren’t the main focus of this diet. You’ll be getting your nutrition and the carbs your body needs from veggies and animal proteins.
Now we come to the two methods:
Method 1: All-In
By far the more extreme option, like the name suggests, you’re going all-in on day one. While it might not be for everyone, sometimes jumping in the deep end can be the perfect motivation to get started. Like jumping into a pool, sometimes it’s easier to just get it over with! That said, going all-in can be tough from time to time, especially with non-paleo foods to tempt you. You’ll also have to do some planning in advance to make the switch in one day.
- By swapping out all your food, you won’t have any temptations hiding away in your home.
- Going full-paleo all at once is more likely to help you achieve weight loss goals in less time.
- Some people thrive on the challenge of completely changing their lifestyle and this challenge could help motivate you.
- Going all-in can cause your body to react to the change in diet, and can lead to decreased energy while you adapt to the change.
- Swapping out all the food in your home can be quite costly, as you need to replenish staple goods in the home.
- This method requires considerable willpower and typically has a higher failure rate as a result—again, this depends on the individual.
Method 2: Slow and Steady
Maybe diving into the deep end isn’t for you! Instead of jumping right into the paleo diet, a slow and steady transition lets you change your diet over the course of weeks or months. Instead of throwing out all your non-paleo food, you swap out items when you feel comfortable and adjust along the way. Sometimes you need to get used to things gradually.
- By slowly changing food in your home you can avoid having to throw everything out and replace it all. It’s also less of a hit to your wallet.
- Your body will have more time to adjust to the paleo diet and will have to deal with less of a shock.
- The slow transition will give your taste buds time to get used to the change in flavors.
- This method gives you more time to prepare and discover recipes that you like and can introduce into your food routine.
- Changes in weight and health will occur gradually over a longer period of time.
- With more temptation within easy reach, you could cave and snack on non-paleo foods.
The paleo diet is an incredible way to maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health. How you get started, though, greatly depends on your personality and how you adapt to change. Be honest with yourself and choose an approach that will work for you. You can take elements of both, too! If you’re ready to change your diet, though, remember it’s a commitment no matter what… but you can do it!