Monday, 22 August 2011

Making Paleo "Easy"





Say No to Carbs

Whenever I mention my new lifestyle I am always met with blank stares and "Oh I couldn't survive without bread" or "I couldn't live without pasta". I thought this too - I thought I could never forgo my buttery toast and sandwiches. But I am doing it. And what is more I am finding it easy to do it!! 

Easy Peasy 
But changing to the Paleo lifestyle is actually quite easy if you are living a relatively healthy lifestyle anyway. I always enjoyed fruit and vegetables and preferred savoury foods to sweets so changing to a Paleo lifestyle was more about tweaking what was already the norm for me. If you are currently living a less than ideal lifestyle with fast food a big factor, taking little steps is the key to living a healthier way of life. 

It doesn't have to be daunting - instead of eating toast for breakfast, have an omelette with a side of avocado.
Sometimes I fast through breakfast as I dont feel I need it to be honest, but this is just a personal preference.

Lunch can be thrown together very easily in the morning - I usually put a chicken or salmon fillet into the oven with dinner and have it ready for the next day in minutes. Its about being organised and realistic. Throw in some salad, avocado, nuts and an apple into your lunch box and you have more than enough to keep you full for the day. 



Keep it clean
Dinner is actually the least challenging for me. I find it relatively easy to adapt meals to Paleo and avoiding processed food at all costs really help too. Just eat good healthy "clean" foods for dinner and it becomes less of a mystery. One of my favourite treats is sirloin steak with onion, mushrooms and red wine reduction with a side of sweet potatoes. Or an easy dinner is Paleo Bol with courgette "pasta". 

For me, the most challenging time is when eating out or in other people's house. Sometimes you cannot be 100% Paleo (or you might not be reinvited!) and it is usually these times I allow myself to sway a little. Accepting a small potato at dinner or eating someone's apple pie so as not to offend will not be the end of the world - just make sure it is the exception rather than the rule. 


Eggs are your friend

Eggs are a great food stuff - and can be adapted for any meal time to create a nutritious meal in minutes. 
Try and look for Omega 3 eggs or free range eggs - healthy hens mean healthy eggs! 



Resources

There are so many resources out there for you to use in your research, personally I love 

I also read Loren Cordain's "The Paleo Diet " and found it good. (Though a little strict) 

And lastly
Dont make things complicated, and do not concentrate on what you cant have - more on what you CAN EAT! 

The results will speak for themselves. Try it and you too will see the difference!! 


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