Monday, September 21, 2015

Going Paleo

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 endless !

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 more !

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 !

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