Let’s take a look at some of the basics or common concerns people may have when deciding to follow this lifestyle. When it comes to any diet, but this lifestyle, in particular, learning the basics of the Paleo Diet will help you avoid mistakes and get the results you want to achieve.
This question is not easy to answer. The Paleo diet is not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of program. Each person is different so calorie intake will need to be based on what is best for you.
Take into consideration how often you are active if you are older or younger, heavier. All those situations will have an impact on how many calories your body needs.
Also, one of the great reasons to follow this program is that it was not designed for you to have to count calories at all, so forget about taking this into consideration.
This is a decision that should be made by the family. Although this is a safe way of eating so even children can eat this way, it should be a choice.
It is going to be a lot easier to stick to a lifestyle change like this if everyone in the household is on board. So if you can get everyone to agree, then yes definitely see if you can get everyone to follow the Paleo plan.
Certainly, most people lose weight on this program. If you find that you are not, you may need to pay attention to how much fruit you are eating.
Although fruit is allowed, it does have sugar in it so if you find you are not losing weight then try cutting back on your fruit intake and see if that helps.
It is a good idea to not just focus on the scale though. You will want to pay attention to the other benefits, the non-scale victories that are also possible when following this way of eating.
Many people eating a Paleo diet state that they have more energy, can think clearer, their joints don’t hurt since inflammation goes away, they have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, sleep better, and they find other benefits as well!
There is some controversy around the fact that when you follow the Paleo lifestyle that you should cut out dairy foods such as milk products.
Since the cavemen didn’t have dairy for healthy bones you may want to consider leaving this out of the diet. The caveman was a hunter and gather so they didn’t have cows since they were on the move a lot.
Certainly, there are those who believe you have to have a specific amount of dairy each day for healthy bones. However, there are all sorts of people in this world who are lactose intolerant and get along without dairy just fine.
Hopefully, that might help you feel better about skipping the cheese, milk, and other dairy foods.
Note: after 30 days on the Paleo diet, some people recommend that you slowly start reintroducing dairy products into your diet.
It is going to be inevitable that at some point during your Paleo eating journey you are going to have a slip-up and eat foods that are not recommended for this program.
Most people find the hardest part of this diet is the first two weeks, but especially the first several days. You are going to find that your body is going through a huge adjustment and withdrawal from giving up sugars, grains, and carbs.
You should not be surprised if you have headaches or even flu-like symptoms. Fortunately, these symptoms won’t last long and once you get past this phase it will be so worth it. The benefits will show themselves to you.
Even though you had a slip-up it is important that you don’t beat yourself up about it. You really haven’t blown anything and you just need to get back on track.
Just remember why you started this program in the first place. It is about you and your health after all.
It may help you to stay on track and if you remind yourself that if you do slip-up and eat something that is not recommended you are going to be adding toxins back into your body. As a result, you will go through a detox again, and I am sure you don’t want to have to do that again!
One way you can to help yourself is to remove all temptation from your home. Clean out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
These are a few of the basics of the Paleo Diet and a good way to start on this plan.