Ah, the paleo diet. It’s been around for awhile and when I first heard about it, it sounded crazy. Eating like a caveman does not sound appealing to me because, let’s face it, cavemen had it hard. Before doing any research on it, I thought it was people deciding to hunt for their own food and gather all the berries they would eat. Now that still sounds crazy to me, but it is not at all what the diet is about. The paleo diet is all about cutting out what our bodies don’t need and don’t want. All the processed food and refined sugar does nothing to nourish our bodies, so why keep filing our diets with it? Because going paleo means eating clean, you will automatically be eating more fruits and veggies, healthier fats, and you’ll be so full after every meal, you won’t feel like you're dieting.
This all sounds great but of course cutting out pizza, ice cream, and all of our guilty pleasure foods can’t just happen overnight. If you are seriously considering this diet full time, I recommend checking out the Paleo Mag. It is a great place to find out more about the diet, hear real experiences, and get yummy recipes. I think the key is to take it one step at a time. If you drink soda everyday, start by cutting that out. Then try going a week without soda or dairy. Then maybe try going the next week without refined sugar. If you try to cut out all the bad stuff at once, you will be overwhelmed by the challenge. By cutting out just one thing at a time, you will get stronger, cravings will fade, and you will begin to get used to the diet.
To make the beginning a little easier, I have just a simple recipe that you could start out with. This easy Lemon Chicken can be enjoyed on the Paleo diet, or shared with friends who just enjoy good food.
Lemon Chicken Skillet
This recipe from Primally Inspired is perfect after a long day of classes or if you’re in a time crunch. It uses simple, healthy ingredients, and will please even the pickiest of eaters.
The Paleo diet may sound crazy at first. Any diet can feel overwhelming and intimidating from the outside. But this diet isn’t using all new food and recipes. Think about the foods you do enjoy, like your favorite chicken dinner, a fancy omelette with veggies, or a healthy homemade trail mix. It may seem limiting at first if you focus on what you can’t have, but I bet as soon as you start, you’ll realize the limitless potential for freedom this diet has in store.
Nutritional, Efficient & Simplistic
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