Let’s just start this off by saying I am not a certified nutritionist, a paleo expert or a know it all. But i have been eating or attempting to eat within the paleo lifestyle for going on two years now. If eating paleo is not for you, THAT’S 100% FINE. if you’re curious, this is my interpretation of it/how i see it:
- Look at what you can vs. what you can’t have: there’s lots of talk about paleo being restrictive. Yes there are food groups they say to stay away from but if you look at it at all the things you can no longer have then you’re going to be miserable. There are still a lot of great, healthy, delicious foods you can still partake of. And more than likely a paleofied version of your favorite comfort foods if you are missing it hardcore.
- Keep it simple: while all the fun cookbooks are awesome and great for new ideas, let’s be honest, the recipes are time consuming and can get pretty pricey. Stick to simple meals you enjoy and can cook easily and quickly then have maybe one new cookbook recipe a week.
- Don’t be afraid of fruit: Listen I know that they say that if you want to lose weight you should watch your fruit intake but sometimes losing weight isn’t everything and honestly if that banana is keeping you from eating a donut in the break room and its your 3rd piece of fruit for the day…still go for the banana.
- Don’t over paleo your life: its great to have this exciting new way of life and eating but not everyone and everything has to be paleo. Sometimes you’re going to eat an awesome meal and its just healthy. Not everything has to fit in the category of paleo and non paleo. And trust me no one wants to hear you reject food offers because its not paleo because 1)they probably don’t care 2) they’ve probably never heard of paleo
- Give it a fair shot: i wasn’t able to stick to a full 30 days of strict paleo until about 2 years. You’re going to be trying new foods and its going to take a little more effort but you need to give it time to see if you like it or not and to adjust to a new way of eating.
- Don’t starve for the sake of paleo: not every eating situation is going to fit perfectly under your food guidelines. Life is too short to be the person at dinner eating lettuce with no dressing on it because the ones on the menu didn’t 100% fit the paleo guidelines. Perfection isn’t real. Just do your best but don’t refuse to eat just to be able to say you’re paleo.
- Grassfed foods aren’t always in the budget: while grassfed meats and all fresh veggies from the farmers market would be awesome, they are also super expensive and not everyone can afford that. Do the best with what you can. Meats from the grocery store are still okay and sometimes frozen veggies are what you can afford and have time for. Trust me, no one will take your paleo card if you’re eating Bird’s eye veggies at lunch.
- Stop thinking of it as a literal caveman diet: Its not literally a caveman diet.
- Paleo things have a different taste: muffins, cakes, breads and cookies that are modified to fit paleo are not going to taste EXACTLY like the original. Nut flours instead of all purpose flour create a very different taste. And for the record while spaghetti squash can be yumma, it does NOT taste just like regular spaghetti
Thus completes my current interpretations on how I look at paleo. I do not promote it as the only and right way of eating but just something that works for me!
And for the record that is not a googled image, its steak prepared by Kevin.
Paleo: So easy a caveman can do it, right?