Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Getting Started

I have people ask me a lot of questions about following the Paleolithic Diet. Why I do it, how I do it, and what benefits I see from it.
I've put together a short post answering those questions as well as an easy way to get started following the diet and what results to expect.
Keep your questions coming!

The simple rule to get you started is: Eat meats, veggies, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and NO sugar!

#1. READ LABELS ON WHAT YOU ARE BUYING!
I will use yogurt, which every woman has been told to eat to loose weight, as an example. Ingredients include Sugar and High-fructose corn syrup. So step one, read before you buy!

Don't let yourself get overwhelmed! At first it can seem daunting! What to eat and what not to eat. So let's just start with breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day.

Typical breakfast in our house:
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon (nitrate free)
Apple slices and Almond Butter
Coffee, sweetened with honey or agave nectar.

That takes work each morning so I would suggest making things ahead like my Breakfast Casserole or Omelet Muffins!


Morning snack: Keep a bag of almonds at your desk to snack on. Make sure they are only roasted with salt, no added oils or spices-check for sugar too they like to sneak that in.
Also grab some fruits, carrots, or celery to munch on before lunch if you get hungry.

If you cannot live without your yogurt then do some research on Greek yogurts with all natural ingredients (the only sugar coming naturally from fruit).

Next let's tackle lunch. If you're eating out and heading to a sandwich shop, switch to a wrap instead of bread. If possible look for places who will wrap their sandwiches up in other things like the "unwich" which is wrapped in lettuce.
Order a burger and remove the bun, ask for veggies as a side. Fries are a starch so we only want to do a "little" of that!

For Adam's standard lunch we cook chicken breasts on Sunday night. He takes one each day. Then he will take an apple and some almonds or olives.

Sodas are loaded with sugar. I like to make tea that I sweeten with honey. Water is always the best.

The diner possibilities are endless. I create our dinners is to include a Protein, Carb and a Fat.
A quick example would be Pork Chops, Brussels Sprouts and some olives. Or you can get more in depth and use your fat to cook with. For example, pork chops sauteed in butter or olive oil. The possibilities are endless and you'll soon find you don't need bread or pasta to feel full and satisfied.

I often tell people to think about what nutrients you are putting into your body. Think first about what "fuel" you are providing yourself with, not just how the food tastes.

So get started SLOWLY. Start to read your labels on processed food and cook with fresh ingredients more. I promise you will see a change!

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