I was eating my cooked Chicken & Apple Adele's sausage for breakfast when it occurred to me: This tastes a lot different cooked in coconut oil.
Changing your diet can be SO HARD. It can be scary. It was for me. But yes! You CAN do it!
You just have to want feeling better MORE than you want to feel relief from eating the crap.
It's a subtle but totally critical mindset shift.
Also, the tips to success are:
Set your intent by choosing to feel good. Choose to feel health. Choose to love your body.
NEVER leave the house without food. I often have an apple in my purse. Bananas are fantastic. I have a small cooler I bring with me. That way when you are hungry you are not caught near a vending machine unarmed. The first week or month of going Paleo can be rough - you may be really hungry - but then your body gets so used it to you can go hours and hours without really eating and you still feel great.
If you want to eat that donut because you "deserve it" choose to deserve a smile instead. Or a step on the scale to remind yourself how great you are doing or what your goal is. Or a minute of breathing meditation. :)
Throw out everything in your kitchen that is not Paleo.
Don't "not" throw it out to save money. Ditch it to save yourself.
You can still eat dessert. But when you have to cook it yourself you eat it less often. And when it's made with honey instead of processed sugar, it's not addicting.
Check out ChocolateCoveredKatie.com. NomNomPaleo.com. Find positive people logs who make Paleo food they adore and who live a lifestyle they love.
Did I mention bananas?
I will write a post someday about how my family eats 70 bananas a week and all the various ways we eat them.
Above all: love yourself!
You are awesome!
The family and I went to the San Jose Giants baseball game tonight. I thought it would be fun to tell you what I brought.
Photo by flickr.com/photos/boboroshi/
Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and often the meal that makes or breaks the successful transition to a Paleo lifestyle. Why? We've been trained. Having a salad with shredded chicken for lunch or steak and broccoli for dinner is easy to picture, but what do you do without grains or dairy in the morning? Oh my!
The short answer is, of course: eggs. Bacon and eggs. But as much as I love bacon (and I do love bacon!) even that meal can get boring after a while.
So now what?
The other week a salesman was trying to sell me meat out of the back of his van. When I told him we only eat grass-fed beef because we are Paleo it started the discussion I am now quite fond of, if just for the entertaining way people's eyes bulge out.
"What's Paleo?" he asked.
"Well, we eat like a Paleolithic cave man. No grains or sugar or processed food. No dairy. No beans."
"What? No grains? No bread? How do you live without bread?"
I recently went to a wedding. Buffet. Cake. Food everywhere. It was a joyous occasion and I loved being there. In the past I would have used a wedding as an excuse to eat. "Of course I'll have cake!" (and everything else, too, whether I was full or not).
But this time I celebrated the bride and groom with a smile, a bottle of water and a small cooler filled with Paleo snacks. (Bacon and dates, anyone?) I was happy as a clam and I felt great, too.
I looked at the cake a lot. It was a beautiful two-tiered, square affair with light blue frosting flowers. I really thought it was gorgeous. But I didn't want to eat it.
Or did I?
Want to try to eat Paleo but don't want to have to cook or think too much about it? If you imagine you are camping and you are going to eat in a limited way just for a little bit, you can start right now.
Here's how you do it:
Eat eggs and meat.
You can have fruit if you want, but make sure you eat some protein and some good fat. So eat your bacon or fry your eggs in coconut oil, avocado oil or bacon grease.
Life without sandwiches is easy if you use your hands.
If you can do this for a week, you will send the first part of the dealing with various things. Could be relief from no gluten in your system. Could be sugar withdrawal which hits hard about day four. Could be caffein withdrawal which is like sugar and has a peak. Your stomach might be doing crazy things. But at the end of Day 7 you will get an idea of what it's like to live inflammation and addiction free, on natural foods that put your body naturally into fat-burning, high-performance mode.
Welcome to Paleo! :)
Back in 2011 when I was only gluten-free and not Paleo yet, friends kept asking me about my miraculous health improvements. After answering dozens of questions one-by-one I wrote this article to put it all in one place. I'm re-posting this here for you.
If going Paleo seems too hard, try going gluten-free first.
The relief you feel from gluten may give you the energy, motivation, and inspiration you need to go full Paleo.
If going gluten-free intimidates you, keep reading.
Because I needed it to be easy, so I'm making it easy for you.
I thought going gluten-free would mean eating salad every day, all day... forever. Because I was really into my diet coke and M&Ms and french fries at the time (and absolutely hated vegetables) going gluten-free sounded about as fun as a root canal. Turns out you don't have to be healthy to go gluten-free, which makes it much easier to transition into it from the processed food, sugar-laden, bread-heavy, Standard American Diet.
Paleo is not about what you eat, it's about what you don't eat.
I'm not sitting around eating vegetables while holding my nose like I'm in 5th grade and my parents are tormenting me with asparagus again. Rather, I'm not eating anything that causes inflammation in my body, chains me with addictive behavior or smacks me - and everyone else around me - with mood swings.
Cutting those things out of my diet made me feel happy, instantly.
Someone emailed me and asked, "Why no grains on the Paleo diet?" I wanted to say "Because they suck", but that's probably not scientific enough to help. Honestly, if I thought it would work I'd put on a chicken suit and run around flapping my arms in the air yelling into a megaphone: "Hey, everyone, stop eating grains and your lives will be so much better!" But again, that's probably not enough to convince someone to give up the breading on their fried chicken and the biscuit that came with it. So I'll buck up here and leave my personal storytelling aside to try and give you some honestly researched information on grains.
And I'll try to sound like I know what I'm talking about. Ready?
I like the easy Paleo stuff.