Tackling the Paleo Diet

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

So you have decided to try going Paleo and now you just have to start. Let me help you out with a few tips that I think will help you in successfully making it through the first 30 days, because once you are through that, the hard part is over. My first tip is make sure you are doing it with at least one other person, especially if you are married or living with a significant other it is important for them to be onboard too. You can definitely still make the transition without them, but if they are on board and pretty much always around to support you it will be a lot easier. Beyond that, having other people at your box doing it or good friends is also a big help. If you can get a 30 day challenge started at your box then the competition will keep most people going and plus you have people to commiserate with. You could all get your body fat tested and whoever loses the highest percentage of body fat for men and women could be the winner. Another benefit of having other people taking on Paleo with you is you can all start posting up your recipes somewhere, because half the battle in the beginning is just figuring out what the heck you are going to eat. You can even meet up at least once a week and do a pot luck or take turns making dinner so you feel like there is at least one meal you don’t have to think about during the week. It may not sounds like a lot of help, but trust me it really is. The next tip is to plan ahead, don’t wait until the day you start Paleo to start looking up recipes and planning your grocery shopping list. Do a bunch of research up front and know what you are going to make and need to buy and once that is all together, then start your new Paleo diet. I can’t stress enough how tough it can be if you are feeling super hungry and don’t know what the heck you are going to eat. That is the time when it becomes really easy to cheat. There are lots of great resources out there for Paleo Recipes and between you and your friends you will find a ton and can share what tastes the best, is the easiest to make, and what makes a good snack. Next, write down somewhere why you are trying Paleo and what you would like to get out of it and read it daily. Depending on the person, the first 1 to 3 weeks can be pretty difficult if you don’t eat super clean right now. You are going to feel like crap, your WODs are going to feel more difficult, and you probably won’t be getting many PR’s. However, once your body adjusts you are going to feel a lot more energy when you are hitting a WOD as well as throughout the rest of your day. Keep in perspective that you can push through the hard parts to get to the good parts, it is only a couple of weeks of feeling crappy to get to a lifetime of feeling great. Lastly, plan your first cheat. Sometimes it helps people to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am not saying once you are done with 30 days you should cheat for a week, but maybe come up with one epic meal or even one epic day of cheats. What will be interesting is after a full 30 days you will have planned your cheats and after you have your cheats some just won’t taste the same anymore and you will learn what cheats are actually worth it and which ones are gone for good. Along with planning your cheats, just know that you don’t have to be 100% Paleo all the time. I try to live by the 80/20 rule or better. Really I try to eat Paleo 90% of the time and then 10% eat stuff like pizza or ice cream. That is a personal preference because for me it is a quality of life thing. I wouldn’t want to think that I would never be able to eat an ice cream cone again, if I started thinking that way it would make it almost impossible for me to stick with it.

Here are a few links to websites with great information on eating Paleo:

http://robbwolf.com/

http://www.paleocookbook.com/

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-diet-recipes/

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