Paleo Nutrition Prescription WORKS! The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic!
The Health Benefits
It is a fact that the Paleo diet delivers the best results. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny.
With a very simple shift we not only remove the foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) but we also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
What Should I Eat?
In plain language, base your diet on vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. Plenty of olive oil, coconut oil, and coconut milk. Stay away from all processed foods, dairy, grains (yes even whole grains and brown rice), sugar, artificial sweeteners, fruit juice, and starchy foods like white potatoes and beans. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.
First stock your pantry and fridge
Now that you have started to think about Paleo and you don't know where to begin, start with stocking your pantry and fridge. Sarah from EveryDayPaleo has an amazing list to get you off on the right track. Items such as coconut milk, hot sauce, almond flour, nuts and seeds to name a few. Be sure to click here for a completed list.
The worst thing I can do for myself is come home to nothing in mind or prepared for dinner. It causes stress and a very good excuse to order a pizza. I have written many articles on how to be prepared and plan for the work week. Set aside an hour on the weekend to plan you're meals. Think about your week ahead and start gathering your “go to” meals. For example, if you know Tuesday afternoons are consistently crazy thanks to kids activities and life in general make Tuesday night taco night. The idea is simple - to have it ready in the afternoon so that you only have to reheat just before dinner. Make a day using your slow cooker, this helps when you are are away and you need to have dinner ready when everyone walks in the door. Try and make leftovers, so that you have something prepared for lunches the following day. Use your weekend to shop. Nothing sucks more than trying to shop on a weeknight when everyone else is doing the same thing, your kids are cranky and so are you, it’s dark, rainy and cold, and all you really want is a glass of wine and a chicken pot pie. Don’t let yourself go there. Instead, shop when you are clear headed and fresh with shopping list in hand. Being prepared gives you a sense of freedom, capability, and no excuses to eat crappy food!
Get the Kids Involved
I hear often enough that you're kids need their kid food - which makes it hard for you to stay away from the Oreos, granola bars, and chewy gummy snacks. Keep the kids excited about their new Paleo Food choices. Let them help you pick out new veggies or fruits. Bring them with you in the kitchen and give them important jobs to do while you are preparing food. Praise them, make them super stars at cooking, let them make a mess, let them explore your spice cabinet, let them sample what’s simmering and have them tell you “what’s missing!” Have them choose a spice to add. Give them their own little drawer with their own kitchen utensils. Do not make a fuss when they do not like something or they don’t eat as much as you think they should. Sarah has a great book for Paleo Kids it is worth checking out.
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