Published on April 28th, 2013 | by Kailei Carr0
Spring Slimdown Is Working! 9 Paleo Tips
By Kailei R.
As we mentioned to you earlier this month, we initiated #springslimdown as we’re getting ready for my June wedding. Over the past month I’ve been doing the Paleo diet and I gotta say, it’s working! In the past month alone I’ve lost 8 lbs and I’m just one pound away from my initial goal weight. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been too hard. And I have only worked out twice since starting and once was today (not that I’m advocating not working out, but I’m just sayin’). I am officially a believer!
So here are just a few tips from my experience and from my fellow Paleo friends:
1) Learn the basics. I wrote a post a while back with the general guidelines and some links out to resources. At a high level, no dairy, refined sugar, breads/grains, legumes (e.g., soy, peas, beans), potatoes and most starches. So your diet will end up consisting primarily of meat, fish, veggies, fruits, sweet potatoes, agave, maple syrup and nuts.
2) Think of breakfast as just another meal. People get sick of eggs really quick. Luckily, I love eggs and don’t mind them. Sometimes I’ll have a smoothie with fruit, some spinach, almond butter and coconut-almond milk instead. But feel free to have chicken and spinach in the morning – break the rules!
3) Coconut oil is your friend. Cook with it, bake with it and slather this on anything you would put butter on. The health benefits of coconut oil are incredible.
4) Plan ahead. It’s easy to fall into your old habits if you don’t have a plan. Plan out what you’re going to eat a day ahead and if you’re going out to eat, check out the menu beforehand to take your time to decide before you get to the restaurant. Also, ask for a modified dish if you need to.
5) Find some fun recipes. Pinterest is amazing for this. Check out my Paleo Friendly Recipes board with some great dishes. Some of my favorites include maple roasted sweet potatoes (amazing!), Paleo biscuits (not too bad with coconut oil and organic grade B maple syrup) and baked eggs (you can add in bacon, spinach and spices too). But there are so many so-called “regular recipes” that can work on Paleo too, so check out the ingredients and get to cooking.
6) Don’t deprive yourself. Though this is essentially a “diet,” allow yourself to indulge every once in a while. This will keep you going. And, by “every once in a while,” I don’t mean every other day. For instance, I give myself one cheat day every other week. I found that having these cheat days did not mess up my weight loss one bit.
7) Keep snacks handy. Always have some raw almonds, almond butter, apples or bananas handy for those in-between meal snacks.
8) Don’t think you have to eat a ton of meat. After a week I almost came off because I thought, “I don’t like eating meat this much!” Then I realized, I didn’t have to eat meat with every meal. Adding in more fish and avocados helped keep me going.
9) Don’t forget the protein. Protein helps to curb hunger so even if you’re consuming fruits and veggies, make sure you’re adding in some avocado or almond butter to the mix so that you’re not hungry again in a few minutes.