Living The Paleo Way 9
In this section of my online guide for how to start paleo Diet, we are going to talk about the sustainability of the paleo lifestyle.
Several questions will come to people’s minds when they first hear of the paleo diet. Is it healthy? Is it expensive? Why do I have to sacrifice my favorite foods? Is it uncivilized?
All these questions are often based on misconceptions and false notions.
The paleo diet though slightly restrictive is perfectly healthy and sustainable.
As with anything that needs to become a habit, it will take some time to adapt to the paleo diet and make it a way of life.
Most diets aren’t sustainable in the long run. They are either too low in calories, based on false information or just too restrictive and unfeasible as a long-term solution.
As we know the paleo plan recommends a diet rich in meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. I also recommends using organic options whenever possible.
We also know that grains, sugar and refined or processed foods aren’t allowed. This is where most people face the biggest hurdle.
Giving up their favorite foods like chocolates, cakes, pastries, ice cream, etc. is such a sacrifice they wonder if it’s even worth it? This is a question everyone needs to answer for themselves.
Don’t worry if you have a sweet tooth because there are plenty of paleo approved recipes to make desserts, smoothies and even ice-creams and remember that after you have been on it for 2 to 3 months, your cravings for processed sweet foods will diminish greatly.
Most of cravings will be gone and you won’t feel the need to raid the refrigerator at night or binge eat.
When your body has all the nutrients it needs, it doesn’t have sudden cravings that are hard to resist.
Just keep reminding yourself that it will be worth it in the end and it won’t seem like a sacrifice at all.
In the end, it’s really not that bad but you’ll have to forget the Dunkin Donuts.
The key is to sticking to your new lifestyle is finding good substitutes for the foods you normally eat.
This will take some time and a lot of testing especially in the beginning but soon you will find yourself reaching for an apple instead of those peanut M&M’s.
If you slip up don’t beat yourself up or give up just regroup and get back on track.
To help reduce the costs of going paleo it is a good idea to plan your menu and your grocery shopping in advance, shop the sales and when possible buy your meats and fresh foods in bulk.
You can then take the food home store and freeze it in portion sizes for easy access. This will not only help you save money it will help keep you from going off track.
Once you become a well-informed paleo shopper, you will find that it may even be cheaper than what you are used to.
Not to mention, you will save on medical costs since you will be less susceptible to the normal health issues that are caused a poor diet.
This lifestyle is definitely sustainable and you will benefit from it greatly in the end.
The only difficulty is in the beginning when you are first getting used to it. Once you cross the hump, it will be smooth sailing the rest of the way.
You can learn more here in my online guide about how to start Paleo Diet
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