How to Be a Smart Paleo Cheater

When you start any new eating plan there are things that you want to eat, things that you have to eat, and things that you need to avoid at all costs. Granted, eating Paleo is much more freeing than other diets out there.

With Paleo, you make sure all of your meals have protein, good carbs (from vegetables), and good fats. The rules sound easy enough, but they can be a bear to follow during those special occasions when you are out with friends, on holidays, or on vacation.

Look, people cheat on their diets all the time. As long as you don't make it a habit you should be just fine. But one thing you want to make sure that you do is minimize the damage of cheating on your diet.

If you are worried that cheating on your diet is going to make you lose all of the progress that you have made, here are some foods to avoid so that you can jump back on the Paleo bandwagon with ease.

First, you want to avoid the sugars. This sounds easier said than done and there is a reason for that – it is. But that doesn't mean that it is impossible.

So let's say that you go out to dinner with your friends, instead of soda you can ask for diet soda. And dinner can be as easy as a salad with vinaigrette, a large sweet potato with cinnamon, and two sides of vegetables.

Next up, you want to avoid the fried foods and processed foods. This one can be pretty tricky, especially if you are staying in a cabin or somewhere else where you don't have a lot of room to store things.

Eating the processed stuff just seems easier, after all it does last longer. The one thing to keep in mind is that there are plenty of Paleo foods that won’t go bad that you can keep on hand if you are in a pinch.

Things like nuts, trail mix, apples, and granola will all last a good while in the cupboard and are good to have throughout the day.

Remember, if you are in a position where you feel you have to cheat you want to at least be a smart cheater. Save those foods that are not Paleo for dinnertime when your body has nothing to do for the rest of the night but work on digesting them.

Even though eating Paleo is easy, there are still times when sticking to Paleo is hard, especially when you are away from home or the people that you are with are not Paleo. But when you make conscious choices about when you are going to go off of your healthy eating routine then you make it that much easier for you to get back on track.

When you go 'off Paleo' for any period of time, you will start to notice that your body tends to scold you for giving it unclean food so you want to be sure that any cheat foods you eat are foods that are worth cheating for.

You also want to be sure that you cheat smart, making sure that you make it as easy as possible for you to get back on board with your Paleo eating plan as soon as possible.

Paleo Diet for Diabetes

While trying a new eating style is hard for everyone, for the diabetic it can be nearly impossible.

For most of us the worst thing we will have to worry about is food cravings or a bit of hunger pains, but a diabetic also has the added worry of possibly getting physically sick.

In most cases, it isn't that you don't want to lose weight and be healthier, it is that fear of getting your sugar out of whack and having to cope with the consequences that keeps you from changing your eating habits.

When you are dealing with Paleo, you are dealing with a whole new way of eating.

Instead of focusing on the foods that are going to increase your carbs, (and knock your insulin levels out of whack in the process), you will be putting the majority of your food energy into eating good fats and proteins.

The protein gives you energy and the good fat works to help you keep that energy for a longer period of time.

And then there is the physical aspect of Paleo. If you are going to be truly Paleo you are going be spending some time working out every week.

This is not just a great way to reduce your stress and look your best, the physical activity is also a great way to control your diabetes.

Still though, when you are struggling with diabetes any changes in your diet can be a scary thought. Just remember, there is nothing set in stone saying that you have to jump on the Paleo bandwagon full force.

If you would feel more comfortable eating only one Paleo meal a day and seeing how it affects your insulin then that is what you should be doing. For the rest of the day, you can simply stick to your pre-Paleo eating plan.

Over time as you get more comfortable with Paleo you can increase your meals from one Paleo meal to two Paleo meals in a day and you can gradually work your way up from there until you are a strict Paleo eater.

You can do the same things with the workouts. Start simply and work your way up as you feel comfortable. Try to find that balance between knowing your limits and pushing yourself to the next level.

If you are diabetic and starting on the Paleo diet, there is no shame in taking your time with everything. Remember, a sudden change in diet will not affect everyone else the same way that it will affect you and the last thing you want to do is get sick.

The good news is that many people with diabetes have had a lot of success eating Paleo so you will likely start feeling the positive effects of Paleo fairly quickly.

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