Did you ever consider changing your eating habits but don't know where to start ? Have you ever considered just eating foods that are all natural, whole ingredients that will fuel your body all day long? The easiest way to start a this new way of living is possibly going Paleo. Many people don't realize that the reason Paleo works isn't due to a fad diet, because it's actually sustainable. I am personally a Paleo eater mainly due to some intolerance that I have found by the process if elimination. You might be intolerant to some foods that might just be the culprit for your lack of energy, your body composition and overall daily lifestyle.
I would recommend that you try the
Paleo diet for 30 full days. After that you then reintroduce foods into
your diet and see how you feel or if you have a reaction to them. This
is great to learn and experiment with your body and your energy levels
getting you in tune with your body. But starting a "new" diet can be
intimidating and you might not know where to start so here are some
helpful hints !
Focus on the positive. The first reaction for
most people is "what can I eat?" Since eating foods closest to nature is
what you are looking for, foods like bread, pasta, processed foods and
sugars are out.. But there are many things like veggies, fruits, meat,
nuts, and seeds ! Don't think of what you can't have but think of all
that you can have!
Prepare and plan ahead. You don't want to be
caught in a situation where you are out of food or get tied up at work
and you feel the only option is the drive through. Try to plan ahead,
make your meals early and have extra!
Leftovers are your best
friend! I love leftovers, you can recreate them into anything you want.
Just get creative. If you enjoy chicken but don't want to eat chicken
breast everyday then make it into a bake by using the food processor or
make shredded chicken lettuce boats! Really the possibilities are
Yes the first two weeks might be rough. Your body is
in transition mode using fats instead of carbs when finding energy. You
might feel a bit sluggish but once your body starts running off the
fat stores as opposed to the carbohydrates you might actually feel a
lot better and have a lot more energy, because you're able to sustain
higher levels of energy for longer.
Combine this with exercise
and results will follow. By fueling your body right you are now at an
optimal level for training capacity to push a little harder ! Body
composition changes and improved recovery in the gym are just a few of
the improvements those on the Paleo diet experience. You will lose that
feeling of bloat and be in a better mood in general. Others may notice
improved recovery between workouts which will keep you coming back for
Don't try to be perfect and don't expect to be. You
will have some bumps along the way but think of the 80/20 rule. If you
follow it for 80% of the time and give yourself a little slack you will
not fall off the wagon !!!
knowing how your body reacts to
other foods is crucial, so you can make an informed decision about when
to indulge and in what. A great way to limit cheat meals is to make sure
they are truly memorable and keep them to 1 MEAL a week of something
you truly enjoy. Will you remember them in a week or two weeks, or are
you just mindlessly snacking? Not every snack has to be a Paleo snack,
but make sure your cheat meals count.
There you have it! The simplest way to eat as close to what nature intended you to eat !