If you decide that you want to really give the Paleo Diet a try, read my tips and tricks for staying on track:
1. SAFEGUARD YOUR KITCHEN! It is much easier to succeed at staying Paleo if you are not surrounded by foods that are restricted on the diet. The healthier the foods are that are laying around you, the more likely you will be to eat them. If you are surrounded by foods that are not paleo-friendly, in a vulnerable moment, you just may eat them. So, if you live alone, or are living with others trying this out, I highly recommend safe guarding the kitchen from items that are not Paleo-friendly. Go through the acceptable foods list and toss anything in the refrigerator or pantry that you shouldn’t be eating/drinking on the Paleo Diet.
2. STAY FOCUSED AND STRICT FOR THE FIRST MONTH
At the very start of any lifestyle change, it is all too easy to cheat, or even give up. However, if you make a strict routine for 30 days, you are more likely to form a habit. So, if you make a habit of cheating and not being focused on eating Paleo, then it is much less likely to stick.
3. PLAN AHEAD
As I have mentioned before, lifestyle changes are hard, especially in the beginning. If you work ahead by grocery shopping early, planning meals in advance, and even preparing foods at the beginning of the week, it will be much easier to stay on track.
4. DON’T STARVE YOURSELF!
The paleo diet isn’t about counting calories or grams of fat, so stop! It is important to let yourself eat until you are satisfied. If you leave yourself hungry, you are more likely to have cravings which can lead to binging, cheating, and getting off track.
5. LET YOURSELF HAVE SWEET TREATS!
This tip was extremely important for me. I have a raging sweet tooth, and depriving myself of that leaves me hangry (hungry + angry) for treats. When that happens I become an animal and will literally cheat and eat anything sweet, which often times is candy or chocolate, or anything a roommate leaves around for me to attack. Yes, attack, that is what happens. There are PLENTY of sweets that can be consumed on the Paleo Diet both in their natural states (fruit, honey, almond butter, coconut, etc.) and from simple recipes. If you’re anything like me then trust me– you should make some “dessert” food at the beginning of the week or make sure to have fruit or other sweets available, or you’ll go crazy.