So you’ve decided to begin living a Paleo lifestyle—Congratulations! You’ve made a very important decision that can bring many advantages to your health and your life. You may be wondering: What now? How do I begin this Paleo diet? First of all, don’t be overwhelmed! All you need is a plan of action. We can help with that!
To make your Paleo plan a reality, make sure you go over the recommended diet guidelines. This will give you a clear idea of what kinds of foods to eat and which ones to avoid. Once you have the basics, you can begin your Paleo plan for success.
We suggest the following approach to starting the Paleo diet:
Step One: Rid your cupboards of all junk.
So the first step is to clear your cupboards, pantry, fridge, and freezer of all junk foods and other forbidden foods of the Paleo diet. Unfortunately this means cleaning out your emergency stash of chocolate kisses and licorice. Get rid of all flour, pasta, sugar, and potato chips as well. A good rule to follow: If it can’t go bad, get rid of it. It more than likely has so many preservatives and additives that make it anything but real, whole food.
This first step is very important in the start of your Paleo journey. Give away your unwanted food items rather them throw them away. Someone who is not following a Paleo lifestyle may greatly enjoy them. Or, give them to your local food bank. Don’t mourn the departure of your favorite candy or pretzels. Think of it as a new, healthy start to your life that you will not regret.
Step Two: Stock up on whole food.
Now that you’ve purged your pantry and gotten the fridge Paleo-friendly, you can go out shopping to restock your food supply. You will now be getting most of your protein from meats and fish. It is recommended that you purchase organic, grass-fed meat and eggs for maximum health benefits and food quality. However, this may not be possible for some since organic meats tend to be more expensive. Just do your best and stay focused on buying quality meats and wild-caught fish.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, organic is best. Try to buy local produce whenever possible for best taste and freshness. The local farmer’s market is a great place to pick up local produce at affordable prices. Remember that some veggies and fruits are sprayed with pesticides, so be sure to wash your produce carefully.
Step Three: Plan Meals
You’ve got the ingredients for plenty of Paleo-friendly meals, so now all you have to do is plan them. This will make cooking a lot easier for those who are faced with many time restraints. It will also help you to adapt to the Paleo diet and fight any challenges that come along with it. Planning your meals ahead of time ensures that you always have something to eat. There is no guesswork about what to eat on the diet when you plan accordingly. Plus, you won’t get bored with the Paleo diet if you plan tasty dishes that require little prep time.