If you have recently learnt about the paleo diet, you'll have come across one the biggest hurdles anyone new to the paleo diet must face: where do I find my paleo recipes and ingredients and how do I plan my paleo meals correctly?
Most people when starting out on any diet begin with lots of motivation. They manage to stick with it for a couple of days, and all goes very well. After this lovely, motivated feel-good-about-yourself period however, most people will tend drop the diet altogether. Let us take a look at why that is.
The first reaction of most people will be: "This is too hard"! They will have run out of healthy ingredients in the fridge, they'll be invited by a friend to go eat in a restaurant with nothing remotely paleo friendly on the menu, and generally it all goes to pieces. When deciding the follow the paleo diet, it is extremely important that you take some time to plan your new dietary lifestyle. Motivation is what gets us all started, but it is discipline and planning that keep you going.
Let us take a look at what you will need:
– A comprehensive Paleo recipe list
If you can only think of three recipes for dinner, two for breakfast and a salad for lunch, chances are that you will be finding this very dull indeed. Having easy access to an extensive recipe book for all occasions is an absolute must.
– A fridge and even more important: a freezer!
Leading the busy life most of us have, there will always be times when you do not have what you need in the fridge. When you're hungry and tired, you'll grab whatever is left. The way you can fix this is by cooking large portions whenever you do cook! I always try to freeze an additional portion ready for use for when the inevitable moment of the empty fridge comes around.
– A fixed day to go shopping
There are quite a few places where you can buy paleo friendly ingredients, but Unless you're very lucky, you will not find them all in the same shop around the corner. Try to pick a fixed day every week, or every two weeks, where you can make time to go grocery shopping.
Selecting your paleo meals for the week should be fun. Browsing through recipes, planning your grocery list and buying the ingredients you need does not have to be tedious. By going about this in an organized manner, you will turn your diet that started by motivation into a daily habit. This is the key to success in the paleo diet.
If afterwards you are invited by a friend, and you find yourself cheating on your diet – you will be able to handle it much better. Having a fridge and a freezer ready for you next day full of healthy goodies will motivate you into sticking with your diet.