If you’ve decided on a Paleo diet or are already in the midst of it, I have valuable tips for you here. They can save you from fatal mistakes and make your new diet much easier. For beginners, I wrote an article with everything you need to know about the paleo diet, here. Anyone who finds a good start has the best chances of a long healthy diet. If you are primarily interested in losing weight, here are some tips on how to lose weight and how to do so quickly.
Stop Counting Calories
If you’re on a paleo diet, you do not have to count calories. You probably eat mostly low carb anyway and eat a lot healthier, so your weight will reduce by itself. If you really want fast results, you can easily reduce your portions. Make sure, however, that you’re satiated, otherwise, food cravings will haunt you.
Be as Consistent as Possible for the First 30 Days
To keep a close eye on how your body responds to the Paleo diet, you should be very consistent in the first month. That also means no fast food and you best avoid restaurants, as well. Start the diet at a time when you can change your diet without hectic involved. When Christmas is around the corner, or you are about to start a long trip to another country, this is probably not the best timing.
Inform yourself in advance regarding what you can and cannot eat, so that there are no bad disappointments which may cause you to lose the motivation. It’s best to find out some recipes that you really feel like preparing and always make grocery lists.
Take your own food with you to work, so you will not be tempted to buy something processed during your lunch break.
This Helps to Reacclimatize to Low-Carb Food
Anyone who has ever started a low-carb diet knows it: You feel groggy and have cravings for sweetness. Sometimes even the performance of a simple thought is affected a little.
This is because your body first has to get used to the fact that its new energy source is now made up of fat and proteins instead of carbohydrate. In this course of transit, your body loses a lot of water. This helps with the side effects of a low-carb shift.
A Lot of Drinking (WATER, that is ;-))
You lose a lot of water so you have to replenish the mineral balance quickly. Make your adaptation process easier for yourself by eating ‘ good ‘ carbohydrates (e.g. sweet potatoes, plantains or root vegetables). Let go of them altogether over time.
The Power Lies within Tranquillity
Your body probably hasn’t ever had that much to do with changing its metabolism this drastically before, so don’t over-restrict yourself. Don’t be afraid of fat, this is now your new source of energy.
Don’t worry: In principle, the body doesn’t need carbohydrates. He can also draw his glucose requirements from proteins.
Listen to your Body
Not every person tolerates a low-carb diet, as is often the case with Paleo. Some get headaches or permanently run out of energy for the day. Others get along very well with it, and they feel fitter. If your body responds with discomfort, you’d better stop to approach your paleo diet as strictly.
Treat yourself here and there to a few carbohydrates, for example, a baked potato. If in doubt, you can always go to the doctor, who can then personally advise you on your change in diet.
This is How Paleo Works when You’re on the Go
Often you are on the road all day and adapt your diet more to the fast lifestyle by getting a snack here and there. But with a Paleo diet, it suddenly seems impossible to treat yourself spontaneously along the way. Either avoid the whole situation by always preparing your own snacks or order something where you can be sure it’s paleo.
In a takeaway, for example, that meal would be a plate using only meat and salad without dressing (there’s often sugar in the dressing) or you order a dish in the restaurant and omit the side dish.
Meat or fish with vegetables can be found on almost every restaurant menu these days. When friends or colleagues ask you questions, simply tell them that you’re just switching to a healthier diet, and just don’t want to get weak now.
Bring Variety to the Game (on the Plate)
If you eat the same vegetables every day and the same type of meat every now and over again, you will quickly feel like dieting and your body could suffer from nutrient deficiencies.
Add a colorful mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meat so your body has everything it needs. Also, be creative in the preparation of these foods. There are numerous paleo recipes online and I have also put together some delicious ones for you.
Don’t give up Right at the First Slip
Slips happen to everyone once in a while. A moment of weakness is enough to reach for the chocolate bar and then plague yourself with a bad conscience for hours afterward. If you realize you just can’t resist it now and then, treat yourself to a few exceptions. It has much bigger consequences if you give up due to a slip.
Introduce a Cheat Day
Many people who switch to paleo or a low-carb diet treat themselves to a cheat day a week. On this day, they are allowed to eat anything they want: Pasta, cakes, chocolate – everything your heart desires.
Because of this one day, they manage to get through the whole week without being tempted. Plus, it feels so amazing and acts encouraging when there’s something to look forward to.
If you want to stick to your diet more consistently, just introduce one cheat day per month. This way you might even manage to last the rest of the month. Another option is to first introduce the weekly exception and then increase over time, thus, gradually increasing the distances between these days.
Encounter Strength with ‘Fellow-Sufferers’
It’s much easier to dieting if you’re not alone. Especially among paleo devotees, there are numerous communities that exchange views on this topic. Find a Facebook group you can join or check out various forums.
There are also many books and blogs that regularly publish recipes and tips. Sometimes it helps to pour your heart out to your friends and just talk openly about your diet.
Quick and Easy: 4 Delicious Paleo Recipes
If you start with Paleo, you need not only new shopping lists but also new recipes that taste and can be easily integrated into your everyday life. We start at breakfast, then come to two main courses and then have a delicious snack on the go or as dessert. So nothing stands in the way of the Paleo diet.
Paleo Breakfast: The Healthy Stone Age Porridge
Ingredients for one person:
50 g blueberries
50 g almond flour
20 g ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of salt
240 ml of coconut milk
A dash of maple syrup (if desired)
Peel the banana and mash it with a fork. Wash blueberries and set aside.
Slowly heat all the ingredients except the blueberries in a saucepan and simmer, stirring, until the porridge thickens and is creamy.
Put porridge in a bowl and spread blueberries on top.
Paleo for Lunch: Fast Chicken Bruschetta without Bread
Ingredients for two portions:
2 chicken breast fillets
1 clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon thyme (dried)
1/4 teaspoon oregano (dried)
1/4 teaspoon basil (dried)
1/4 teaspoon rosemary (dried)
3 tablespoons olive oil + 2 tbsp to fry
3 tablespoons pine nuts
125 ml balsamic vinegar
1 bunch basil
Bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove the pot with the reduction from the heat and set aside.
Halve the chicken breast fillets lengthwise and season on both sides with dried herbs, salt, and pepper.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken breast fillets all around for 10 minutes.
Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic, core and dice the tomatoes. Then pluck basil leaves from the stems and chop as well. Mix everything with four tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt.
Toast the pine nuts in a pan (without oil). Add the tomato basil mixture to the chicken breast fillets. Spread pine nuts over it and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
Paleo for the cold season: Cauliflower Soup with Hazelnut-Mint Pesto
Ingredients for four portions:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 pinch turmeric
750 ml of almond milk
1 bunch mint
3 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
Preparation with a hand mixer or blender:
Cleanse the cauliflower and divide it into florets. Peel and dice the onion.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion cubes in it for a minute until glassy. Then reduce the heat, add the cauliflower and cook with a lid for 10 minutes. Add bay leaf and turmeric.
Deglaze the cauliflower with the almond milk and simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Remove the soup from the heat and mash with the hand mixer or blender.
For the pesto, pluck the mint leaves from the stems and chop. Mix the mint with chopped hazelnuts and olive oil.
Garnish the cauliflower soup with the hazelnut mint pesto and serve.
Paleo Power Bar Takeaway
Ingredients for eight bars:
120 g nuts (one variety or a mixture)
150 g dried fruits (e.g. apricots, figs, cranberries, etc.)
150 g dates (dried)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon Chia seeds (if needed)
2 tablespoons coconut flakes (if needed)
Preparation with the blender:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put all the nuts on a baking tray (covered in baking parchment) and roast in the oven for 10 minutes until lightly brown. Turn occasionally.
Allow the roasted nuts to cool slightly and chop in a blender together with the dried fruits and dates. Mix for about 2 minutes until a nut-fruit mass is formed.
Melt the coconut oil, leave to cool briefly, add to the mixture and continue mixing. Add chia seeds and coconut flakes as desired.
Spread a large piece of clear film and pass the nut fruit mass on it. Shape the whole stack into a square about 0.8 inches thick.
Then wrap it in foil and set cold for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
Remove the well-cooled muesli square from the foil and, using a knife, cut into elongated latches. Wrap the individual bars in clear film and keep cool (not in the fridge) until consumed.
Many people believe that the paleo diet is only for rich folks. This is, however, not true. I have put an article together that shows you how to be happy, satisfied and successful with a paleo diet even when you’re on a budget.
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