Hello, new paleo pal! We are elated to have you here with us so we can help you along on the paleo eaters path. Eating paleo can be very intimidating for many people who are searching for ways to improve overall health, and end the cycle of feeling funky from consuming certain foods. We created the beginners guide to eating paleo to ease the fear and teach you, what eating paleo means, discover why you have chosen to go paleo and the benefits of paleo foods.
Lets first chat about what the paleo diet is. Imagine traveling back in time when food was preservative and package free, you open your eyes to meet the Flintstones! Yes, eating paleo is very primitive but you don’t have to hunt and gather all natural foods in your backyard in the 21st century, unless you choose to.
The three P’s of paleo are; Primitive, Preservative free and Package free. This means all you are consuming all natural foods.
- Processed foods of any kind, including gluten free avocado oil made snacks.
- Refined Carbs.
- Refined Sugar.
- Vegetable Oils.
- Grains of any kind.
- Fruits, mostly berries that have less sugar.
- Natural oils.
- Natural sweeteners.
- Healthy oils.
- Red meats.
Feeling like clicking off the beginner’s guide to eating paleo already? Wait, don’t toss us away yet! Let’s take a look at what a day of enjoying paleo meals from breakfast lunch and dinner with Fred and Wilma Flintstone would look like.
- Avocado slices.
- Pico de gallo.
- Grass Fed burger patty topped with pickles.
- Roasted sweet potato drizzled in honey.
- Fresh squeezed fruit juice.
- Almonds and mixed berries drizzled in honey.
- Apple slices and almond butter dip.
- Shrimp and sausage skillet meal.
- Banana ice cream (no dairy, no sugar).
- Sweet tea (sweetened with honey).
If you have exhausted all efforts to boost energy and improve overall health, it is worth it to give paleo a try. People go paleo for many reasons from building muscle, losing weight or a simple desire to eat cleaner.
Paleo dieting has also been linked to treating certain ailments like allergies, inflammation, constipation and clearing acne.
Eating paleo will get you back in the kitchen on a consistent basis as well. Wilma Flintstone and her girl pal Betty Rubble didn’t have the luxury of a drive-thru, restaurants, or the microwave fast food lifestyle. They had to cook what was hunted, grown and picked from the earth.
The paleo life will make you fall in love with cooking all over again if you have gotten accustomed to convenient foods that are not as healthy. Have a Flintstone Yabba Dabba Doo time and find the joy of cooking in your kitchen more often.
Instagram is full of photos of the newest fit life craze of healthy weekly meal prep plans. Most of these posts are from people practicing the paleo way of life. Weekly paleo meal prep can save time and money once you get into the rhythm of it.
So, if any of these reasons to go paleo resonate with you, make the change in your life, preferably in baby steps so you won’t give up on your goals.
The 80/20 rule is suggested as applies to the paleo life just as it does in relationships and making the best cosmo cocktail. Eat paleo 80 percent of the time and other red light foods 20 percent of the time to help you stick to it.
We know we said package free foods are part of the paleo three P’s, however, there is an exception for packaged paleo snacks and foods. They do exist. Purchasing these foods can help curb the urge to snack on red light foods, all while helping you stick to the paleo plan.
Again, take baby steps paleo pal and do what feels healthy and right for you.
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