Many people can’t stick to diets because they aren’t sustainable. If your “diet” is getting in the way of you enjoying life, then you’re doomed to failure. The wonderful thing about Paleo is that it isn’t a diet, it truly is a lifestyle, and very sustainable one at that. The wonderful thing about this lifestyle is that you can tailor it to your individual taste and needs. Follow these tips to make Paleo work for you, and see if you feel the difference.
Balance is the Key to Success
Truth: life happens. You don’t have to turn down a slice of your own birthday cake because it isn’t “Paleo.” That’s why we put so much emphasis on the fact that Paleo is a lifestyle, not a diet. You can make Paleo sustainable and still enjoy your favorite treats now and again. Listen to your body and how it responds to different foods, and tailor what you eat based on how you feel. And most importantly, don’t stress. Enjoy the journey to healthy living!
Don’t Be Afraid to Substitute
There’s no reason to get anxious about dining out because there won’t be anything on the menu you can eat. Eyeing that steak that comes with mashed potatoes? Simply ask to substitute a side of asparagus or broccoli. 99% of the time, restaurants are happy to make the substitution.
Whether you’re traveling or just on the go, it’s easy to grab something convenient, and sometimes options are limited. Equip yourself with healthy snacks like nuts and fruit so you’re not tempted to run to the drive thru or the vending machine.
Keep it Simple
Often times people stear clear of certain diets because they think they require exotic foods not readily available at your local grocery store. You don’t have to hunt down grass-fed bison to reap the benefits of the Paleo lifestyle. Chicken and fish, which are available at nearly every grocery store, are packed with nutrition, and anything in the produce section is fair game.
The Paleo lifestyle isn’t so much about what you can’t eat, it’s about what you CAN eat. There’s no need to bore yourself with the same meals every day. Even though eliminating gluten, dairy and legumes may seem impossible, there’s an abundance of delicious, healthy foods that will not only delight your taste buds, but also fuel your body with the nutrition it needs. You may even discover foods that you would have never tried before!