What is the Paleo Diet?
The definition of a paleo diet can vary. Most will agree that the paleo diet consists of eating fruits, vegitables, and meat. Along with that are restrictions on sugar. Only natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, or natural sweeteners such as dried fruits or stevia are used as sugar replacements. The paleo diet is about eating real food. Many people will do a reset of their system by going through a whole30 to detox their bodies from sugar before continuing with a more relaxed paleo diet.
Eat like a Caveman
You may have heard things like eat like a caveman, you should go paleo, but what does any of that mean? What is the paleo diet? While I don’t claim to be an expert on which foods are related to nightshades or whether an item is a legume or a nut, what I can do is let you know what I have come to learn as paleo, what ‘whole 30’ is and a few tips on making it work when you don’t have much time to cook.
How Do I Begin A Paleo Diet?
There is no set way to start a paleo diet. The imporant thing is to do it. Some things that I’ve found helpful when going to a paleo diet is a purge of the kitchen. If we have plenty of cookies, breads, pastas and such it’s hard to restrict yourself. Especially when a quick snack of crackers seems so much simpler than making a lettuce wrap or cutting up an apple.
Eating paleo for me means avoiding grains, breads, and all that processed crap that lines the shelves of the grocery store. I don’t eat pasta, rice, bread, foods with ingredients I can’t pronounce. For me eating paleo means that when I go to the grocery store, I buy fruits, vegitables, and meat. Our usual staples are sweet potatoes, asparagus, spinach, lettuce (usually romain or iceburg), bananas, apples, oranges, blueberries, and strawberries. We usually freeze the berries for smoothies. We love our bacon but try to find uncured bacon without any additives.
Food Prep Weekly
One of the best ways we’ve found to keep ourselves from getting frustrated and not wanting to cook every night is by doing a large cook on Sundays that lasts us usually until Wednesday. We usually cook a large pack of chicken thighs, a pork roast, some pork chops and if we’re feeling rich that week we’ll do a couple steaks for Sunday night along with our prep. We try to do 2 different styles. Our favorites are chicken thighs with onions, or celery and fennel in a cast iron or baking dish. Pork roast with onion, carrots and celery, chicken or pork chops on the grill, ground pork/beef meatballs with chopped onions or zuccini.
What Do You Eat On A Paleo Diet?
The thing that does many in when ‘going paleo’ is trying to find replacement paleo versions for every bad snack. There are plenty of paleo cookie, and paleo brownie recipies. When people decide that paleo cookies every night is the way to do the paleo diet it isn’t much of a diet any longer.
Eating Good Food, Eating Real Food
Eating real unprocessed food can be difficult in food desert areas, and just in any average place too. So much of what is put out for us to purchase has grains, or is processed to death. Finding an on the go snack that fits in my paleo diet lifestyle doesn’t have to be so hard. Bringing fruits, jerky, or eating the occasional lara bar is our solution. When forced to a quick meal, getting a hamburger without the bun or a grilled chicken sandwich with no bun can at least reduce the amount of additives and processing the food has gone through. Sweet tea sounds like a good alternative to soda but it has just as much sugar, so it’s best to go unsweet, or drink water. Another thing that I like to do for beverages is drinking kombucha. Be careful which you are drinking as they can also have added sugar.
How Does The Paleo Diet Work?
Our bodies are meant to process real food. By giving our bodies the real food without the large quanities of sugar in the average diet we function better. I know that my joints are less achey when I’m avoiding grains and sugar. I try to stick to paleo most of the time with just a cheat or two a week most of the time. It is a bit difficult to stay strict to the paleo diet when out and about. One option for fast food is Chipolte, a burrito bowl there is filling enough and tasty enough to keep me away from the burger joints that were my normal go to before getting more healthy.