One issue that many Paleo Diet newbies, and newbies in general, face is the propensity to wait until everything is quite right before taking the initial step into something new. It’s understandable that people are wary of change. How many times have you or others said things like, “I’ll wait until after the holidays are over before I start working out and eating right.” Another of my favorites is, “Eating healthy is way too expensive; I’ll wait until I can afford it.”
The problem with that mindset is that there is no set timeframe for completing tasks. There will never be a perfect moment. The planets will never align in such a way that you receive the sign you seek. The greatest approach to get started is to do just that: start! The most effective strategy will always be to jump right in and get both feet wet. Don’t be overly concerned about being perfect. We all know that perfection is impossible to achieve. Here are a few basic measures you can take right now to put yourself on the path to success and long-term improvement with the paleo diet.
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Clean out your refrigerator and pantry – I was a starved and broke college student when I first started the paleo diet. As a result, I found this stage to be dreadful! I tried to justify keeping everything, arguing that throwing away my sandwich fixings, hot pockets, canned soups, ramen, and peanut butter, all champion breakfasts, would be a waste of money. (not really) My first thought was to eat all of the junk food I had before starting. The problem with that line of thinking is that it doesn’t give you the physical shock (metaphorically speaking) that you need to truly understand this change in your life.
You could even consider it a significant gesture. By purging your home of everything that isn’t paleo, you’re effectively telling yourself, “That concludes our discussion. I’m done putting that garbage into my body!” Remove the bandage as soon as possible. Don’t take it slowly; just go for it! By jumping in and going through the growing pains now, you’ll be better prepared for a smoother transition later. Remember that the difficult path is typically the easiest path. To get you started, here is a brief list of foods to keep and items to toss away:
Foods to have on hand
- grass-fed beef
- Fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and seeds are examples of fish and seafood.
- organic oils that are good for you (olive, coconut, macadamia, avocado)
Foods to throw out
- legumes cereal grains
- white potatoes with dairy and processed sugar
- Processed food
- vegetable oils refined with salt
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Make a fast trip to the supermarket to fill in any gaps you now see in your refrigerator and pantry now that you’ve purged the house of everything not on the allowed foods list. Have you noticed that you’re running low on fish and seafood? or nutritious oils and fruits? Now is the time to fix it. At this point, try not to overthink things. Many people who are new to the paleo diet spend too much time thinking and not enough time doing. You can always make changes later if necessary. It’s only a matter of taking the initial step.
So there you have it, two easy steps to getting started on the paleo diet. You’ve gotten rid of everything bad and replaced it with fantastic stuff. Of course, this is oversimplification, but it will get you started.
This book will provide you with the mentality and basic first actions necessary to begin the paleo diet right away! No more procrastination, waiting for the perfect moment, or not knowing where to begin! That’s all done and dusted! You can be well on your way to a lifetime of healthy eating habits in just a few steps!