This is part of my series: Four-Week Paleo meal plan. If you are just checking in, you should read this first:
When I started on the Paleo diet, it was tempting to only think about the list of foods that I could NOT eat.
My first piece of advice is to think about what you CAN eat. Paleo focuses on eating the type of food that was available to men and women during their early years on Earth. It includes real food. You won’t have to worry about reading labels because most of the food you buy will be found on the outer rim of the grocery store… the produce and meat aisles.
Paleo eliminates highly inflammatory foods like gluten, grains, dairy, soy, legumes and processed food. It replaces those with natural, real food! Since I radically changed my diet three years ago, I have noticed dramatic improvements in my health. I don’t have constant headaches, vertigo, digestive issues or skin irritation. I sleep better, have more energy and have less pain in my joints.
For the most part, you won’t be eating food that comes in a box or bag. Paleo eliminates highly processed and packaged food.
What you DO get to eat is highly nutritious food that will give you energy and strength to get through your day. You will sleep better at night. You won’t be bloated. You will notice less congestion in your sinuses. Your headaches and dizziness will subside. Your gut won’t be irritated. Your sugar cravings will be reduced. Your body will be nourished with real food.
I have created several free downloads to help you get started:
Paleo basics: This list includes what you CAN and CAN’T eat all in one easy location.
Four-week habit tracker: As you create a new habit, it’s helpful to see how far you’ve come. You can check off the days that you successfully stick with your Paleo lifestyle.
Before you begin, make sure you check out these resources: