In a nutshell, the Paleo diet (or, as I like to think of it, the Paleo template—the word “diet” tends to mislead folks into thinking this is nothing more than a temporary weight-loss program) is based on the notion that for optimal health, modern humans should go back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods that are more healthful than harmful to our bodies.
For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is all they need. Improved blood lipids, weight loss, and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough.
You can grab a FREE WEEK of my Paleo diet meal plan below. Why am I giving away a free week – easy – so you can see what Paleo really looks like (and my custom meal planning services of course). You will get a laid our plan for 7 days with grocery shopping list, educational info on portion sizes and more.
Note: This free plan it set at 1500 calories, this may not be the proper caloric intake for your body. This is why I do custom meal planning because I can account for many factors that go into your proper daily intake and your goals. The custom meal plans also allow you to “swap out” any items you do not not for ones that you do right online without altering how your plan is set up for you.
It’s important to remember that the Paleo diet is an eating plan not a lifestyle. Ultimately, you are trying to improve your lifestyle and your diet is a large part of that. Hopefully, the nutrition challenge will give you the motivation to make positive and lasting changes in your diet that will help improve your performance, body weight, sense of well-being and vigor, and anything else that makes one “healthy.”
These diets are pretty tough to follow if you are used to eating convenient food. Some tips to improve your chances of success:
- Eat simply: avoid complicated meals and foods that are difficult or expensive to prepare.
- Don’t try to make “Paleo” versions of “non-Paleo” foods. This will be unsatisfying and discouraging. If you want to make “lasagna” with zucchini ribbons instead of pasta, call it Italian zucchini casserole—it is, after all, what it is and still tastes great!
- Plan a menu before shopping keeping in mind your schedule and potential obstacles. Stock up on nuts and seeds as snacks and don’t overlook plain veggies.
- Prepare large portions of Paleo foods on your day off and eat leftovers throughout the week—this saves you from tricky lunch situations.