Many people have turned to the Paleo diet and have achieved surprisingly good results. However, there are a number of others who seem to have an endless struggle and minimal results following the Palaeolithic way.
That need not be the case. The transition to Paleo should be as painless as possible and what is more, there should be evidence of progress. The essence of the Paleo diet is to try to mimic the eating habits and foodstuff that our ancestor survived on about 10,000 years ago. We do not have to eat everything the caveman did, but it would be a good idea to develop daily activities that would complement this dietary choice. Here are 44 Paleo tips guaranteed to give results.
1. Adopt an Active Lifestyle
One disadvantage of modern lifestyle is that we spend long hours each day sitting – be it at the office, at home or even in class. This is detrimental to our general well being, and if we want the diet to work on us, then we need to start moving. The more active you become, the better and more positive you’ll feel.
2. Plan Ahead
At the weekend, you may opt to plan ahead for all your meals for the coming week. That way fits of hunger will not sneak up on you and cause you to deviate from your chosen Paleo path.
3. Eat More Vegetables
Failure to eat enough vegetables is bound to rob you of results. Though meat and fruits are also part of the diet, the secret lies in consuming enough vegetables.
4. Eat both the egg-white and the egg-yolk
Avoid separating the egg-white from the egg-yolk, and eat the whole egg. It is more advantageous as you double up the amount of protein intake.
5. Commune with nature
Get outdoors as often as you can. Take nature walks and hikes – after all our ancestor was very much an outdoor person.
6. Buy Organic foods
As much as possible, eat only organic food. They are free of chemicals derived from herbicides and pesticides, and they save your system from these toxins.
7. Get enough sleep
Make sure that you get enough hours of sleep, and under the right conditions. Sleep is very important to your general wellbeing and will work to complement the Paleo diet.
A good form of exercise for both males and females is lifting weights. It is guaranteed to give you a great physique. Cardio is also recommended as a form of exercise that does very well with the diet.
9. Try Fasting
Every so often, try to miss some meals. This has been proven to help with fat loss.
10. Be willing to learn
Invest in literature on Paleo recipes. Consult gurus who will explain to you the scientific way in which Paleo food works. There’s always something new to be learnt.
11. Drink enough water
While on Paleo, drink lots of water. Avoid the temptation to add sweeteners to the water, but make sure it is clean and pure.
12. Consume monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Eat enough of the healthy fats every day. You can get them from avocados, seeds, healthy oils and nuts.
13. Use coconut oil
Coconut oil is great for cooking and baking. Food cooked in coconut oil tastes better.
14. Consider detox before starting on Paleo
Detox helps cleanse the body of toxins and makes the Paleo way more effective.
15. Clear your kitchen of non-Paleo food.
Before you stock up your kitchen with Paleo food, clear it of non-Paleo foods as keeping them around will only be a source of temptation.
16. Avoid calories
Avoid caffeinated beverages and soft drinks. Instead, drink more of water or herbal teas.
17. Maintain a kitchen garden
Allocate some space on your compound as garden space. You can use this space to grow some of your favourite foods.
18. Eat with the seasons
Vegetables and Fruits taste best when they are in season. Take advantage of this to eat with the seasons.
19. Be committed to the diet
Paleo is not a crash diet. Take it as a lifestyle to be embraced.
20. Experiment with Paleo recipes
Get experimental and tinker with the Paleo recipes. It is likely that you will come up with your own winner.
21. Avoid diet pills
The Paleo diet will give fast results without the need for resorting to diet pills.
22. Manage your stress
Take some measures to manage your stress levels –watch a movie, meditate or take some action to relax.
23. Keep the meat lean and healthy
There’s a lot of meat involved in Paleo, so you’ll want to keep it lean and healthy.
24. Avoid smoking
There’s a lot of toxins in cigarettes, something you’ll want to avoid while on Paleo.
25. Expect to see changes
Getting on a Paleo diet will guarantee changes, due to the fact that one has given up on chemicals and preservatives.
26. Be choosy on what you eat
Be keen on the type of food you eat, and remember to give clear instructions on your preference whenever you eat out.
27. Absorb the start-up costs
Choosing Paleo will initially seem expensive because organic produce is a bit more expensive. However, you are bound to recoup this costs by avoiding costly medical bills as a result of improved health.
28. Perfection is not the goal
Taking up Paleo diet is not synonymous with perfection – but with consistency an improvement is guaranteed.
29. Equip your Kitchen
Invest in equipment that will allow you to competently prepare Paleo foods.
30. Be ready for a challenge
Be prepared for the initial shock to the system when going Paleo. It can be a bit harsh. However, with time the body will get used and the Paleo experience will become enjoyable.
31. Stick to your plate
Stick to your plate at the family dinner. Do not allow yourself to be compromised.
32. Do not give up
Should you be tempted to quit, try to adjust your strategy instead of quitting.
33. Keep a food journal
A journal is a good way of keeping a record of the foods that you liked, and the ones that were not so pleasant.
34. Be objective with yourself
Avoid being too emotional about your Paleo experience. Do not succumb to frustration along the way.
35. Avoid listening to people claiming to have the Paleo secret
Be wary of books and people who claim to have the Paleo secret. The essence of the diet lies in its simplicity.
36. Seek out liked minded people
Associate with people that are following the Paleo diet in order to share your experiences.
37. Avoid alcohol
For best results go slow on alcohol – at best you can be an occasional drinker.
38. Improve on your intimacy levels
Paleo diet will improve your sex life, so take advantage of it. The levels of libido and endurance will remarkably go up.
39. Get an Activity tracker
The activity tracker will track your movement, sleep and a host of other activities.
40. Know when you’re genuinely hungry
Learn to differentiate between hunger and boredom or depression. Check on when you had your last meal, so that you can take the action based on what the problem is.
41. Stock up on frozen vegetables
Although fresh vegetables are preferable, stock up on frozen organic vegetables as they are convenient when the fresh ones are out of stock.
42. Find out what triggers your cravings
Get to know why you crave certain foods so that you can work round them.
43. Use soups and stews as often as possible
Paleo soups are complete meals, and they make very satisfying meals that require no side dishes.
44. Know Paleo friendly restaurants to visit.
Whenever you feel like eating out, make a point of doing so at Paleo friendly restaurants. Keep such a list close by just in case you need to eat out at a moment’s notice.
A number of people have many divergent pieces of advice, clearly showing that there isn’t any one right way to eat Paleo food. The best way to go about it is to pick all the 44 Paleo tips above, and see which work best in your own life.