I have had a lot of questions about the Paleo diet and its relation to helping people be successful in losing weight so I decided to do a blog post on it. Call it a crash course on the Paleo way of life.
First, let’s talk about what Paleo is all about. The way I see it, for me, Paleo is about natural/organic, clean eating. One thing that drew me to Paleo is that it is anti-inflammatory and because of my constant battle against inflammation, I knew this would be a great fit for me.
Some people look at “diets” as restrictive, time consuming, or even just a plan that they stick to so they can lose weight and then go back to life as usual. I don’t advocate diets, but rather a lifestyle change which now-a-days has become a bit of buzz phrase. What it means, is that if you want to live a healthy life at a healthy weight and be successful at keeping the weight off you need to overhaul your entire way of eating and looking at food.
Paleo can decrease inflammation, clear up your skin, give you back your energy, help you lose and keep weight off and make you feel fantastic when followed properly.
Now, you’re wondering the big question: “What am I not allowed to eat?” But, let’s actually rephrase that to: “What am I allowed to eat?” Looking at it from this perspective starts you out with a positive outlook on this change in your eating habits and the answer is: “ALOT!!”
Focus on eating things that have grown from Planet Earth. For example, pretty much nothing McDonald’s serves is from Earth. That may seem funny but its completely true. Don’t eat at fast food restaurants if you want to live a long and healthy life. Fried foods in general are a killer.
Pretend you are living in a hunter/gatherer society and you can’t just go to the store to buy food. What would you find in the wild to eat? Eat that. You could find fruits growing on trees and greens for salads as well as some berries and nuts and maybe even some meat. If you couldn’t find it running around somewhere on Earth or growing, run away from it!
My rule of thumb is to fill 1/2 my plate with veggies. Green veggies are preferred because they are just full of fiber and nutrients. Then about 1/4 Meat and 1/4 Fruit.
When shopping for meat you really want to look for grass-fed and organic choices. We are talking eating clean here, right?
Focus on the ratio on your plate each meal and have fun mixing it up. Snack on nuts, fruit, and veggies leisurely throughout the day and don’t worry about calorie counting.
Did you know stress can add to weight gain? Trust me, I know it can.
I have lost and maintained a weight loss of 30 pounds for over a year now and it’s super easy on this diet. I have a lot more tips but if you are just starting out now, educate your self and start with this advice.
Leave a comment or message me if you have more questions and I will happy to answer and follow up.
Happy Hunting, Paleo People!