The Paleo diet has been gaining followers in leaps and bounds! Many credit the low-carb, high-protein diet for their weight loss successes. The diet is based on the Paleolithic dietary habits practiced in the Stone Age and emphasizes eating whole foods while prohibiting other foods from the diet.
Before embarking on the diet, it is important to prepare yourself mentally for the foods you will need to cut out. You’ll also need to stock up on some essentials both in terms of foods and kitchen equipment to make preparing to go Paleo easier and hassle-free.
Clear your kitchen
Processed foods, added sugar, dairy, grains, soy, legumes, vegetable oils, white potatoes, and alcohol are on the prohibited list of the Paleo diet. So before starting out, rid your kitchen of foods that fall under these categories. It may be difficult to let go of some things especially for those with a sweet tooth, but remember you can fulfill your craving with other healthier options.
Foods allowed in the diet include all animal protein; all fruits (although these should be taken in moderation because of the sugars most fruits contain); all vegetables except starchy ones likes potatoes; nuts and seeds although these should also be taken in moderation; and oils and fats from quality fat sources such as grass-fed animal fat, olive oil and olives, coconut oil, and avocados.
On the Paleo diet, remember to moderate your intake of nuts and seeds as well as salt, and do not overdo it on the fruits. The diet will require planning and it is therefore essential to stock up on your vegetables, grass-fed meat and lots of Tupperware containers as you might be cooking enough food for the week or for lunches for the next day. For people with a busy lifestyle, pre-cooking meals for the week will ensure that you do not revert to old habits of drive-ins and fast food.
When preparing your kitchen for the jump into the Paleo journey, you will need to get quality knives, particularly chef’s and paring knives for all the slicing, dicing and chopping that you will be doing. Peelers, shears and knife sharpeners will also come in handy and will help make quick work of the various ingredients you will be preparing for the various meals. Skillets, stockpots and saucepans will also become your best friends with this diet as well gloves or mitts to ensure that you will not be sautéing your fingers any time soon.
Wire racks and baking sheets will help keep your meals less fatty and oily, which is a good thing not only nutrition-wise but also for the taste. Tongs will help with the grilling and silicone spatulas will not only liven up your kitchen but are also heat-resistant and will not melt into your eggs as you turn them.
The Paleo diet is a healthy lifestyle change, and there are plenty of recipes available as well as a large community out there that can help to ensure that you have nutritious and delicious meals on the Paleo diet.