This post is about what I have learned (and I am still learning) about this totally cool #Paleo lifestyle!
LESSON 1: IT IS NOT A DIET. IT IS A LIFESTYLE.
Dr. Loren Cordain, founder:
Stone Age ancestors led more energized and healthier lives by eating what their bodies were genetically meant to eat. NOT: bread, donuts, pasta, processed meats, and ridiculous tons of sugar…but real foods found in the environment.
NOTE: The list changes all the time, but not by much–check it as many times as u can!
LESSON 2. NO SUGAR, GRAINS, BREADS, DAIRY…AND SOME NUTS. BUT THAT’S COOL!
I tested Paleo for a while and shed TONS of water weight really quick. I was not eating preservatives nor excess water-retaining salt! Sugar cravings? Paleo uses raw honey. Bread-aholic? Check out this cinnamon raisin bread TO DIE FOR.
LESSON 3. SUBSTITUTIONS ARE EVERYTHING- AND WORTH IT!
No bread? Use paleo crumbs! No dairy? Use coconut milk-based creams. No pasta? Use SOY noodles (they have nearly zero calories anyway). Honestly, #Paleo makes a lot of sense.
LESSON 4. EGGS, MEAT, FISH, FRUIT AND VEGGIES ARE YOUR FRIENDS.
Yep. Chicken wings, too!
And Mexican camarones!
And Guac and Pollo!
LESSON 5. THERE ARE TONS OF WEBPAGES DEDICATED TO FOOD SWAPS AND PALEO SUBSTITUTIONS
This meal is not a broccoli pasta casserole with friend chicken. Nope. It is its PALEO version. The noodles are #shirataki soy noodles. The chicken has been coated with gluten-free seasonings and arrowroot powder, then oven-baked. The whole thing is nearly junk-free and less than 650 calories, btw—and 10 net carbs!
LESSON 6. YOU CAN EAT DESSERT!
Check the coolest Paleo site at myeasypaleomeals. This is one of there scrumptious recipes! Go, Gray!
LESSON 7. CASSEROLES ARE ENCOURAGED!
This casserole I made with butternut squash, cauliflower, arrow root powder, and lots of meaty goodness. Egg whites, too! The thing is, it can still taste very good even though I added no packaged foods to it!
LESSON 8. YES, BOOZE IS ALLOWED
Ok, this one is totally on me, but…come on! Last I heard, grapes were made by Madre nature.
LESSON 9. GET A CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HUMAN EATING SIDE AGAIN!
Seriously! Can YOU BELIVE how much FAKE STUFF we eat on a daily basis? I do it, too! This casserole was made with leftover chopped chicken, celery, loads of veggies, egg whites, and coconut flakes. And SPROUTS! I love sprouts!
LESSON 10. DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE
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Great news: You eat A LOT in Paleo. Even greater news: You lose a lot of junk weight on Paleo. BEST NEWS: You lose weight fast and without trying if you eat natural. BAD NEWS: You have to wash that whole mess down with something! Coconut water is definitely one of those delicious things made by mother nature to make you smile, without it being a cheesecake.
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