Interested in Paleo, but don't know where to start?
The Primal Pantry have teamed up with paleo food blogger Paleo Polly to put together this guide to starting the paleo lifestyle this weekend.
Starting a new way of eating doesn't have to be complicated.
With this simple to follow guide, you should have everything you need to get started following a paleo lifestyle this weekend.
Start the Paleo Lifestyle, this weekend.
You want to improve your health.
You want nothing more but to be fit and healthy, but with all the conflicting advice out there from health and fitness gurus, fitness bloggers and everyone in between, just getting started can be overwhelming. You’ve tried many fad diets, and quite frankly you’re over that.
You recognize that improved health and wellbeing comes from making smart lifestyle choices. And you’re interested in Paleo because it’s not a diet, it’s is an approach to eating.
BUT, embarking on a new way of eating isn’t always easy.
When life is busy it is difficult be organized, even dedicating time to meal planning can be a chore. You’ve probably heard that some of the great benefits of Paleo diet are that you:
- Start losing weight
- Have a firmer, more toned body
- Find your health and immune system improves, less colds and illness.
- Having the best nights sleeps, waking up feeling rested.
- Are filled with more energy, are more positive
- And much more.
You want to implement lasting change to improve your health, but making a long-term commitment can seem incredibly hard. That’s why sometimes we need a little reminder that with a few small steps and a little bit of commitment, big changes can be made.
I want to show you how making a few simple changes to your weekly routine can have real, effective, long lasting results. Making a change is not as difficult as you think.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Starting a diet in the middle of the week isn’t a great idea. By choosing to start a new regime mid week, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Starting lifestyle change in the middle of the week is incredibly difficult, because there’s no too ways about it- life really does get in the way.
You’re already trying to spin the plates of work, family life, social life, eating and fitness. Adding new plates in the midst of this mayhem means that will have to give. More often than not, it’s your new routine. Starting and failing isn’t good for your motivation levels; so I am want to show you how to achieve success in these simple, easy to apply steps.
Plan to begin the paleo diet on a Monday. BUT get your preparation in this weekend.
Start by blocking out time on Saturday and Sunday, to prepare for the start of the Paleo diet. Having a clear schedule over the weekend enables you to focus on your goals. Getting organized, and feeling mentally prepared is half the battle.
You should set aside:
- 2-3 hours on Saturday.
- 2-3 hours on Sunday.
This is the perfect amount of time for you to prepare your strategy to tackling the week. Investing time to prepare from the beginning has a number of benefits.
Your mind will be focused.
By putting in the prep time you will be preparing yourself for success. You will feel confident, because you have taken the time to prepare for the beginning of your paleo journey. Think of what it would feel like sitting an exam- with absolutely no revision!
Just as revision is essential for exam success. Putting in the prep work before you start your new eating plan, means it’s easier to stick to the plan and achieve your goals.
Failing to Plan is Preparing to Fail
People who put in the prep have an over a 70% chance of success versus someone who chooses to just get started. Preparation gives you inner confidence, meaning you have a higher change of success, improving your health and well-being. So, now you have scheduled 2-3 hours on Saturday and Sunday, what are the next steps?
STEP 1 - Cleanse your Environment
STEP 2 - Fill Your Kitchen with the Good Stuff
STEP 3 – Plan your Meals
STEP 4 – Plan your Snacks
This weekend, start by carrying out an assessment of your house (and other places you store food.) Look in the pantry, the fridge, freezer, and anywhere else you might stash edible treats i.e. gym bag, work desk etc.
STEP 1- CLEANSE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Commit to ridding your environment of your non-Paleo food. Eat it up, box it up, donate it to a food bank, give it to friends. Having cookies in the cupboards is too tempting.
You’re building new eating habits, the best way to do this is to fool proof your living and working environment from bad decisions.
STEP 2- RE-FILL WITH PALEO GOODS
Once you’re cupboards are cleansed, head to the market, get online and stock pile delicious paleo snacks.
What should I eat?
Paleo is simple, go by these guidelines and it’s easy, eat meat, fish, veg, nuts and seeds, some fruit, and no sugar. Basically, in a nutshell, don’t eat processed foods, and if it has a long ingredients list on the back… put it back!
The Primal Pantry Bars have less than 5 ingredients meaning there are a great choice for on the move snacks.
Try to think of your plate as 50% veg, 30% protein, 10% good fats like avocados, 5% fruit and 5% nuts or seeds.
STEP 3 - PLAN YOUR MEALS
There are a couple of things you can do to make your first week of eating Paleo easy.
Batch cooking. Prepping a big batch of something at eating it for your lunch or dinner is a great way to plan for busy days, and what’s more, it can be a great way of saving money.
What to batch cook:
I find that prepping protein ahead really saves me time in a morning. You can make:
- Chicken- strips of chicken breast or thighs to put into your lunchtime salads.
- Chicken 5 days can become a bit samie, so why not roast some pork shoulder, or a joint of beef.
- Eggs- Hard boil some eggs, they are great as a portable protein hit. Fantastic if you miss breakfast. You can peel them and quickly turn into paleo devilled eggs or slice them into a salad.
- Making a batch of cauliflower chowder is a great way to save time and money. Around £1.50 per portion it is filling, tasty, and is perfect to heat up at work.
- Ratatouille. Great for paring with protein in the even, a big batch can be blended with mango and turned into a stir-fry sweet and sour sauce, go with courgette/ zucchini noodles.
A large salad bowl
- Make a batch of Paleo slaw, or a mixed kale and spinach salad. The key to making salad last for lunch all week is to leave the salad un-dressed. Make a big bowl on Sunday, keep in airtight Tupperware, and place into salad boxes, the morning you’re leaving to work.
A NOTE- FOOD PREP TIME IN THE MORNINGS
In the first week before you’re in a routine, make sure you schedule 30 mins to an hour extra from rising, to prepare your breakfast and lunch.
MEAL PLANNING- YOU NOW EAT 3 MEALS A DAY, NOT BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.
There shouldn’t be anything wrong with eating ‘leftover’ meal 3 (dinner), for tomorrow’s meal 1 (meal 1). Yes, it takes a while to get your head round eating chicken or beef for breakfast, but once you do it is quite enlightening.
STEP 4- PLAN SNACKING ON THE MOVE
Along with purchasing the fresh produce on my shopping list, make sure you prepare for snacking on the move.
- The Primal Pantry Bars- perfect for post work out snacks, eating on the move, kids love them.
- Dried Fruit
- Beef Jerky or Biltong.
Make sure you are able to snack right if you are caught short. In the first week, transitioning to Paleo, you need to make sure that if you get hungry, you can reach for a Paleo snack, rather than a bar of chocolate or a pack of chips.
Put them in your car, stash them in your desk draw, and your gym bag, handbag and anywhere else that .
NOW YOU’RE ALL SET FOR MONDAY MORNING.
Your new life starts here.