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Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet

Written by Ella Stephen

Strict adherence to the paleo plan has been reported to get rid of acne, end some seasonal allergies, relieve you of migraines and even help you tone down some extra weight. Where as none of these is guaranteed, cleaning up your diet and focusing on fresh, whole foods is definitely a good idea.

Paleo meals can be hard to adopt, especially if you are used to grains or beans as staple foods. In theory, diet doesn’t seem like a real problem. They lead to improved health as well as aesthetics. What other motivation would you want? However, they are hardand change is hard. It’s almost impossible to say no to a delicious treat. Thankfully, below are some beginner tips that will help see you through the paleo plan.

Put your kitchen in order

Dispose off all the “no” food- vegetable oils, grains, cereals, milk, packed foods, cheese and yogurt, just to mention but a few. Doing so will help curb your cravings for such meals. After all, don’t you think it’s
easier to offset temptations if they aren’t there? Either way if you prefer to take small baby steps, that works too. Perhaps, you can limit your dairy intake on the first week, avoid cereals and grains on the next week and so on, until you find yourself maintaining a paleo diet. It’s also important to restock your kitchen with plenty of whole foods so that you have enough to eat.

Cook your own meals

Since a paleo plan concentrates on whole, fresh foods, it’s easier to controlwhat you eat at home rather than at a restaurant where it may deem futile to control what exactly you eat. Engaging in a paleo plan gives you the opportunity to explore new foods- maybe even buy yourself the most weird looking vegetable at the store and ask the attendant for guides on the best way to prepare the same while at it.Alternatively, you can research online or invest in some paleo diet cookbooks for expert advice on how to keep your meals flavorful and not just some plain and flat servings.

Check the ingredients before buying any food item

Well,you might have the basic idea on skipping cookies, doughnuts and crackers, but some foods definitely don’t comprise the paleo diet. Peanut butter, for instance, contains a legume as well as nut butters. You can also avoid purchasing: malt vinegar, dried fruits with added sugars, lunch meat, soy sauce and marinades since most of them posses soy, preservatives gluten and sugar which do not qualify as paleo plan meals. So the next time you go shopping, be sure to examine closely the
ingredients of your food items before proceeding to buy them.

Change your cooking oil

Instead of using the low-quality saturated fats such as soybean oil, corn or
canola oil. Try investing in the high-quality saturated instead. Not only are they safe to use but they are also healthy since they are more stable and won’t oxidize easily when heated(oxidation helps free some
harmful radicals). On the other hand animal fat especially from grass-fed cows contain high Omega 3s and Linoelic acid(conjugated) which may help you to burn some fat.

Expect a setback or two

Sanfillipo, a paleo plan expert states that it’s totally normal to partake a paleo plan and still slip back to your normal eating habits. However, he also says that that shouldn’t feel as a failure rather than a simple learning process. Find fellow like minded people from Facebook, blogs, local groups and forums so that they may help you find your way back and keep you there.

Still overwhelmed? I get it. Dieting is a hard experience. However, following the above tips can really help you through your paleo plan. You’ll be surprised at how far you can go and the numerous benefits that come with sticking to a paleo diet.

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Ella Stephen