I Decided to Go Paleo, Now What?
When I was deciding to go Paleo, my question was Now What? I can across the best way to get started, the 30 Day Paleo Meal Plan. OK, still the question, what did that mean? Well, as I read and researched, it represented a challenge. Try the plan for 30 days, be very careful to follow as closely as possible and gauge your results at the end of 30 days. OK, that seemed reasonable enough, let’s give it a go. Here is collection of the best way I know to get started. There are cookbooks, the 30 day plan guide, restaurant guide, paleo food guide and more. Paleohacks was my mentor as I began my Paleo journey and they continue to inspire me today.
I had to find out just exactly what eating Paleo meant. Just saying, whatever the caveman ate during the Paleolithic era was obviously not easy to translate into today’s world. So I began to research. I read whatever I could find from other people who had experienced the change and basically did what they did. No need to reinvent the wheel, find out who is getting the result and do what they are doing.
Now I will share what I did with you.
- Wild Boar
- Game Meat
- Wild Turkey
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Clarified Butter (ghee)
- Nut Butters
- Coconut Flesh
- Coconut Milk
- Chicken Eggs
I left off some foods that are allowed only because I am not going to eat quail eggs, goose or duck etc. If you like exotic game you can look up additionally acceptable foods in the above categories. The most important things to remember are to look for meat that is grass-fed, fish that is wild-caught, chicken and eggs that are cage-free and raised in an organic environment. Yes, fresh, organic produce is very important and we limit the amount of fruit as fruit is loaded with sugar and you will work to eliminate sugar over the next 30 days.
Eggs and Bacon? Yahoo!
Wow, eggs and bacon for breakfast!! Woo hoo!! As I started my 30-Day Paleo Meal Plan, I ate bacon, (make sure it is uncured,) to limit the amount of sugar, and eggs. You can prepare your eggs the way you like, just not Eggs Benedict as the sauce in not Paleo friendly. Lunch can be a wonderful crisp green salad with lots of fresh vegetables, maybe add some tuna, chicken or turkey with some oil and vinegar dressing. Dinner can be a nice piece of lean grass-fed meat, organic chicken or wild caught fish with some fresh vegetables.
Now let’s discuss the sugar. Wow, this was the most difficult for me. I had a headache from the withdrawal for an entire week. If you can wait it out, it will pass. If not, as I mentioned previously, some flexibility can help. What about coffee you ask? Do I have to have caffeine withdrawal too? No, I did not give up coffee. Some blogs will give you a really awful butter/ coffee drink thing that will make you think twice about this whole Paleo thing. It sure did for me. I drink one cup of coffee per day, I buy organic cups for my Keurig and use coconut milk as creamer. Dairy is not Paleo friendly. I always recommend that when you are on your first 30-day journey, that you stick as closely to the plan as possible.
What About Cheat Days?
There is always a question about cheat days. Can I have one day a week when I can have a slice of bread, some cheese, sweet potato fries etc? I am joining my friends for dinner and the restaurant is not Paleo friendly. Once again, I will leave the choice up to you. I would strongly suggest you stick faithfully to the 30-Day Paleo Meal Plan and then see how it works for you. You can then determine if some flexibility is workable. I found myself having “cheat days” yes. When I decided that these cheat days needed to be Paleo friendly, I searched for recipes for treats and other goodies that are Paleo friendly and there are many to choose from. There are also many companies who produce Paleo friendly products which are yummy.
When the 30 Days Are Up Now What?
You made it through, congratulations! You look and feel better. You may have lost a few pounds. Now settle in to what works for you and stick with it. Start looking at all the wonderful recipes and products available that are Paleo friendly. Start experimenting with them. One thing I am certain of is that you will get tired of eggs and bacon for breakfast every day. So start there. I have a wonderful recipe for Paleo waffles, I use grass-fed butter and pure maple syrup. I have made Paleo biscuits and gravy. Experiment and have fun! You will also learn just how all the things you thought were so bad for you are not only Paleo friendly, but actually good! More on that in another post. Remember, eat to live not live to eat!
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