Most people wonder what’s the easy way do nearly everything. We agonize on how to best start something new because we don’t want to fail. And when it’s diet that we’re talking about, watch out!
I have a secret for you.
The fastest shortcut to reap the benefits of the Paleo diet is . . .eating lean meats, fruits and vegetables, some fruit, little starch, no sugar.
I know, I know, mind-blowing isn’t it? But no other way will get you there faster. I guarantee if you make your next meal a Paleo meal you will feel the difference immediately.
But how do you get started? Here are 5 easy steps to the Paleo diet lifestyle.
1. Educate Yourself
Research foods which are considered Paleo. On your journey you’ll find that a Paleo diet is comprised of the most nutritious and natural foods on the planet.
Eating a Paleo diet means you will eat unprocessed, lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
To a newcomer, it may appear a Paleo diet severely restricts your food choice. And it does restrict what you eat, but think of it as restricting the processed, nutrient deprived foods which get shoved in our face every day. It’s all about your approach.
- The Paleo Diet
- The Paleo Diet book
- Robb Wolf
- The Paleo Solution book (NY Times bestseller)
- The Whole9 blog
2. Commit 30 Days
Commit yourself to a Paleo diet for 30 days. Remind yourself why you’re focused on the Paleo diet. You want to lose body fat, feel energized and balanced, right?
Think about your commitment at each meal if you begin to struggle, but you’ll get no sympathy from me. Let me explain. I’m not really a jerk, but I can’t eat a Paleo diet for you while you feel all great things that come from the Paleo diet. Regardless of your motivations for going Paleo, you’ll find one reason that strikes a chord deep inside. Remain focused on that reason if you begin to slip and slide around the diet. Pull yourself back to the centerline and focus. You eat a Paleo diet for you, no one else, only you.
I started the Paleo diet to drop body fat and to control a heart condition. Read more about why I started eating a Paleo diet here.
- Whole30 by the Whole9
3. Make a Plan
It’s always easier to stick with something new if you have a plan. And knowing what you’re going to eat during your transition to the Paleo diet will keep you on track.
Cement these two keys to success in your mind and you’ll be further than most on your freeway to success.
Paleo Food List
Make It Easier To Start
Remove all sugar dispensers in your home. That’s right, the one by the coffee maker, the baker’s stash, and the small packets of sugar mutants that are so colorful.
Ridding your home of sugar(s) is the easiest and most beneficial step in the correct direction. Then move on to exterminating your home of processed foods, but don’t go wild. Unless you decided to go “cold turkey” Paleo, then toss all non-Paleo foods away my friend. Otherwise, make the transition slowly. You know you better than I know you, so do what works best for you.
Throw out ALL the processed foods in your pantry. Yes, you must toss those Oreos. And the Pringles.
4. Go Shopping!
You’ve educated yourself on which foods you need. You’ve committed to it, and you have a meal plan. It’s time for action.
It wasn’t easy for me the first time I went to the supermarket to buy foods that qualify as Paleo.
My basket looked odd not filled with dry cereal, frozen pizza, soda, and pasta. Instead, it was full of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, almonds, macadamia nuts, Canadian bacon, turkey meat, chicken breasts, and Bison meat.
I keep getting a weird feeling people were staring at my basket like I was a quack. Some did mention how healthy I was eating, and I must be a health freak. Others looked at me like I was jerk for buying nutritious foods while they filled their baskets with frozen pizzas, potato chips, soda, and ice cream.
5. Get others involved to stay motivated.
Tell others why you’re changing your diet. If they understand what’s driving the change in your diet and in your life, they’ll cheer you on. Everybody wants to help someone who is helping themselves. We all, with a few exceptions, want to see others succeed.
It counts to have someone in your corner when you want to eat cool ranch Doritos and your lover says, “That’s not a Paleo food, you shouldn’t eat that. How about an apple instead.”
When you decide to give the Paleo diet a try, I would love to hear about it!