What Is the Paleo Diet?
The paleo diet, also popularly known as the ‘caveman’ diet is a dietary plan roughly based on what our ancestors consumed during the paleolithic era.
The current day diet is not an exact replication of their diet. Just a concept of what their diet would have been like – basically healthy, wholesome food that is not full of additives, preservatives and other harmful substances so often found in our current diet.
The paleo diet has seen a surge in popularity with thousands of people extolling its benefits. Books on the subject such as The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf have becoming bestsellers. There is no denying that the paleo solution works and it is a healthy way of life.
The diet itself is simple. There is a list of foods you can eat and a list of foods that you can’t eat. The simplicity stops there. The difficulty arises when one has to strictly adhere to the foods that you can eat.
Most of us grew up on cereal, bread, milk, chocolates, burgers, ice-creams, etc. Foods that we have grown to love. In fact, we love these foods so much that obesity has reached epidemic proportions.
While most normal diets give you a list of foods that are not good for you, the paleo diet goes one step higher and just strikes off ingredients. For example, a normal diet will state that you should not eat doughnuts. The paleo diet states that you will not consume sugar.
With this one condition, it has just eliminated a huge chunk of foods. Grains are also not allowed.
Really? Yup. That means that bread, pizzas, burgers, etc. are out too. So, are processed meats such as hot dogs, salami, etc.
You are only expected to eat grass fed meats, fish, poultry, fruit, non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, spinach, etc. Eggs and vegetable oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, etc. are allowed as fats. You can only consume these foods.
There are a few other foods you can consume while on the paleo diet. It would be best to get a paleo cookbook and learn what you can eat and how to transform these foods into tasty dishes. Paleo dishes can be tasty too.
Just because the diet is restrictive does not mean that it has to be boring. In fact, it is highly advisable that you have as many paleo recipes as possible at your fingertips. Since you have sacrificed so many foods that you considered delicious, your body will be craving these forbidden foods. Tasty paleo dishes will ease the mental torture.
Once you have gotten used to the diet, naturally your cravings will slowly decrease till there are none left. In fact, even the smell of junk food may turn you off in the future. Your body will be used to healthy food and will be repulsed by food that is not good for it.
You will be leaner, healthier and feel much better. These are the priceless benefits of the paleo diet and worth all the sacrifice. It would be great to incorporate an exercise program into your daily schedule so that you reap the full benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Then, you will truly be fit and fabulous.
If you’re tired of low energy and crash diets, “going paleo” is one of the best things you can do for your health…
But you can only pull it off if you avoid the common mistakes people make along the way.
There are plenty of places to go wrong, but one mistake TOWERS above the rest.
If you’re doing this (a lot of people do without even knowing), you’re setting yourself up to fail.
But if you can AVOID this mistake… you’ll put yourself on the fast track to better health.
Are You Making This Fatal Paleo Mistake?
The most dangerous paleo mistake people make?
Seeing it as a DIET instead of a LIFESTYLE.
When you start a diet, you go into it with a few expectations. It won’t be fun. You’ll be hungry all the time. And most importantly, the diet will END.
Paleo is much more than that. People who succeed with it are in it for the long haul…
Maybe they want to lose weight or cure a health problem, but that isn’t the ONLY thing that drives them.
People who succeed with paleo understand it’s a new way to live. It doesn’t stop after a few months… or once you reach a certain goal.
Why Seeing Paleo as a “Diet” Sets You up to Fail
When you’re dieting, it’s easy to stick to the program for a few weeks. That’s when your motivation is high…
But it gets harder as the days go by. Strict diets are BORING; you end up eating the same things over and over. Until you go off the rails and binge on some pizza or ice cream.
After that, it’s easy to blame yourself for not being disciplined enough. Then you give up on the diet altogether.
Sounds depressing, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t have to be. Not if you see “going paleo” as a lifestyle change…
Turning Paleo into a Healthy Lifestyle That Lasts
One thing is GUARANTEED when you go paleo: you’ll slip up sometimes.
That’s OKif you see paleo as your new lifestyle. Instead of beating yourself up, you can learn from your mistakes and make small adjustments moving forward.
Feeling hungry after your workouts?
No problem. Try adding some starchy vegetables into your diet after you train.
Tired of getting off track when you eat lunch at work?
No worries. Figure out a way to bring paleo leftovers from home.
These are the kinds of little tweaks you can make over time to maintain success. There’s no pressure to follow an insane diet; just gradual improvements that pay off with a happier, healthier life.
There’s nothing stopping you from “dipping your toes” into paleo either. You can ease into your new lifestyle at whatever pace you’re comfortable with.
How to Quit “Dieting” and Jumpstart Your New Lifestyle
If you’re ready to stop spinning your wheels and FINALLY get the health you deserve, it’s time to ditch “dieting” for good.
It’s time to start a new lifestyle.
The Navigating the Paleo can help.
It’s designed to make your lifestyle change as painless and fulfilling as possible.
Maybe you don’t know where to start. Changing your lifestyle can sound scary… but it DOESN’T have to be. The nearly 200 recipes in the cookbook are healthy, delicious, and 100% paleo. No need to worry about getting bored like you did with “diets.”
And it doesn’t matter if you’re busy or new to the kitchen. The cookbook breaks down how to prepare every dish step-by-step. All you have to do is follow along… and enjoy the delicious meals time and time again!