While following a Paleo diet is far more straightforward and simple than many diets are, it can still be easy to make unintentional mistakes. Learn from others’ mistakes and save yourself from making these common errors.
- Not Eating Enough Vegetables. Remember, this is not the no-carb Atkins craze of the 1990s! While high quality proteins are certainly an important part of the Paleo diet, remember that the foundation of a good Paleo diet is plenty of vegetables. Think of vegetables as the foundation of your diet and add in protein, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fat to complete your diet.
- Buying into Gimmicks. As the popularity of the Paleo diet increases, many companies are trying to capitalize on the diet. While this does mean that some convenient Paleo products are available on the market, it can also mean there are some gimmicks out there. Always use a discerning eye to check any labels on any products that claim to be Paleo. Also remember that following a Paleo diet is free, so be wary of anyone who tries to tell you otherwise!
- Overdoing the Paleo Treats. You’ll find that when you are focusing on real foods and no longer fearing fat, there are some delicious Paleo treats you can prepare and enjoy. Even better, as your taste buds adjust to not having added sugars you will begin to appreciate the natural sweetness of foods like fruits. As you enjoy different Paleo treats though, remember to enjoy them in moderation. Although they are Paleo, they should still be regarded as treats, not dietary staples!
Today’s Paleo Meal Plan
Breakfast Burritos. Fill a large piece of all natural deli turkey with scrambled eggs, raw spinach, and diced tomatoes. Roll everything together in turkey to create an easy and tasty burrito. Dip in salsa if desired (check labels for no added sugars).
Cucumber Sub Sandwich. Sub sandwiches are filling and tasty, but they don’t have to be filled with all the refined carbs of traditional sub bread. Instead, fill two halves of a cucumber with your favorite sandwich meat and veggies. Use mustard and Paleo compliant mayo to dress. Have a handful of nuts on the side.
Sweet Potato Hash. This meal couldn’t be easier or more nutritious! Fill large casserole dish with diced sweet potatoes, kale, chopped onion, and all natural chicken sausage. Season with rosemary, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 till meat is cooked and potatoes are tender (typically 30 to 40 minutes). Stir halfway through.
Deviled Eggs. If you have some remaining avocado from yesterday’s snack, mix it with the yolk of 1-3 boiled eggs instead of mayo for more flavor and nutrients. Season with salt and pepper. Top with fermented pickle relish for a great source of probiotics!