Paleo is a great diet for people who suffer from chronic weight problems, gluten intolerance, coeliac disease, or lactose intolerance. The removal of processed carbs, processed sugars, and raw milk products can help your body to achieve a healthy internal balance. Paleo isn't for everyone, but if you have decided to try it out, you may need a few pointers; it can be a little overwhelming at first!
Throw out the bread
All purpose flour, whole wheat flours and anything made from them will need to be tossed first. Processed wheat products are the enemy of the paleo diet. Replace them with almond flours, coconut flours, sunflower seed flour, or any other kind of non-wheat flours. They aren't as cohesive as regular flour, so it might take some getting used to cooking with them, but it will make all the difference in your new diet.
Say goodbye to sugar
Replacing all of your sugar with fruit puree and raw honey will be a little more expensive, but will be worth it once you can remove all of the processed sugar from your diet. Processed sugars like white sugar, agave, artificial sweeteners, and corn syrup are terrible for your body and your weight, so drop them for less conventional sweets.
Cut out the so called "healthy" soy burgers and other soy products. A little soy is okay, but making a whole meal out of it is very unhealthy and very un-paleo!
No more potatoes
Sweet potatoes are filled with all sorts of great nutrition; from vitamin C to potassium, fibre to beta carotene, and are much sweeter and better for your than regular potatoes. White potatoes are thick with starch, while sweet potatoes and yams offer so much more.
The name "peanut" is a little misleading; peanuts are not actually nuts, but legumes. Replacing peanuts may seem like a big deal, but remember almonds, cashews, and other nuts are still fine. Switch out your peanut butter for almond or hazelnut butter. The taste is different, but it is still oh so delicious.
No more vegetable oil
Chuck the vegetable oils and margarine; those highly processed fake fats are nothing but bad. They contain unhealthy levels of cholesterol, and do more harm than good. Replace them with butter, animal fats, and olive oil. While these may seem like the less healthy options, they are mostly unprocessed, simple, and contain healthy fats that help your body to process the foods you eat every day.
While our busy schedules seem to keep us from ever having a home cooked meal, there is a lot of research that says cooking at home can extend your life. You avoid additional salt and sugar in prepackaged foods, and it will make eating healthier much easier. Taking an hour out of your day to boil some rice or stir fry some veggies can help you to live a longer, fuller, healthier life.
Add some raw
For at least one meal a day, try to eat raw foods, right out of the ground or right off the vine. Try raw fruit and veggie salads for lunch, or snack on raw cashews or nuts. Uncooked produce and other foods can aid in digestion, and if your digestion is working better, losing weight and staying healthy will be much easier.
Take your time
Although changing your diet may seem a little overwhelming, try taking your changes one step at a time. Weight loss and getting healthy can be stressful, but slow and steady will always win this race. Try changing a few, small things at a time, like cutting your carbs little by little. Keep track of what you eat, when you eat it. Start walking or jogging a few minutes a day. Before you know it, you will be eating healthy and happy, and will be well on the way to living a better, healthier, paleo lifestyle!