In our previous blog, we looked at the basics of Paleo dieting and what it means to be Paleo - looking into what is included in the Paleo diet and how to best adapt it to your individual lifestyle, and today we’re going to look at how a typical day in the life of several theoretical Paleo dieters.
Let’s say that there’s three of them: A, B, and C. A is an athlete that follows a modified paleo diet to supplement their lifestyle. Then there’s B, who is just someone looking to lose some stubborn weight and has made healthy changes to their way of living by adopting a strict Paleo diet. Finally, there’s C, who is totally new to Paleo and is open to easing into it.
So let’s see what A’s diet looks like first! What’s important to note is that because A is an athlete, they’ll need to eat a moderate amount of carbohydrates in addition to proteins to fuel their activity. This is why A’s diet is not a strictly Paleo diet - it requires some wiggle room to fit their needs, but overall it’s very possible to be highly active on Paleo. To that effect, A will wake up in the mornings and after completing their morning cardio, they will eat some scrambled eggs cooked in olive oil with bacon with some whole-wheat toast. As a snack, they’ll eat a piece of fruit like an apple or banana, and for their lunch / pre-workout meal they’ll eat a baked chicken breast with a side of broccoli and brown rice. After their workout, they’ll eat a Caveman Foods protein bar to get in some quick carbs and protein so their muscles can recover, and for their dinner they’ll finish off their day of eating with two lean burger patties, a sweet potato, and some more veggies with a collagen protein shake.
Now, let’s look at B’s diet. Because B is trying to lose fat, they have a focus on keeping their diet strict according to Paleo guidelines. So to that end, let’s see what they’ll eat. B will start their day by eating a light breakfast of a piece of fruit with a Caveman Foods protein bar. For a snack, they’ll have some salted almonds before eating a lunch of a mixed greens salad with a chopped chicken breast. Then, before their afternoon run, they’ll have a Caveman Foods mini nutrition bar for some extra energy, and for their dinner they’ll eat a steak with a side of broccoli. As a night-time treat, they’ll have a bowl of grain-free granola with some unsweetened almond milk. Note how even though B’s diet is strict by Paleo standards, they still have plenty of options for delicious, healthy foods that will not only sustain their weight-loss goals, but keep them sane!
As for C, their diet is more lax - this is due to C’s unfamiliarity with Paleo, but they’ve been slowly easing into it to get more accustomed to eating a caveman diet. For breakfast, C eats a bowl of grain-free granola with milk and a banana. While milk is prohibited on the Paleo diet, C allots themselves a bit of milk here and there as milk and cheese were favorites in their previous meal plan. For a late morning snack, they decide to skip the break-room donuts and enjoy some Caveman Foods jerky bites for some delicious protein. For lunch, they opt for a Paleo-friendly chicken burrito bowl, subbing out the rice for lettuce and doubling up on the veggies. For dinner, they normally go home for a chicken breast with veggies and quinoa, but C was invited to a work dinner at a restaurant, where they chose instead to have a veggie-style (no bun) cheeseburger with a salad.
So, as you can see, there’s plenty of ways to be Paleo - all it requires is a little bit of planning and creativity and you can make the Paleo diet fit your lifestyle however you need it to! While starting a new plan can be exciting, it’s important to remember that adjusting to a new plan can take time and may be difficult, but despite that if you persevere you will be rewarded - because nothing feels better than setting a goal for yourself and achieving it. So with that in mind, if you haven’t given Paleo a try yet, we highly encourage it!