Your Paleo Plate

One area where many people struggle when eating paleo is finding the right balance in their meals. On the surface eating paleo seems simple, you just opt for meat instead of junk food and you are good to go, right?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, eating paleo can be easy but no that doesn't mean that you don't need to put some thought and effort into your meals.

Paleo is about balance, and if you aren't paying attention to that balance when you are eating, you won't be experiencing the full benefits of everything eating paleo has to offer.

For instance, let's say that you ate an abundance of protein but you didn't eat any fiber or healthy fats during the same meals when you were eating protein.

While it is true that we naturally need a lot of protein in our diets, protein needs something to help push it through your system.

In other words if you are eating protein but you aren't eating anything else with it, then you are doing yourself a huge disservice.

So What Goes Into the Perfect Paleo Meal?

There are three things that you should eat at every meal:
- Protein
- Healthy Fats
- Vegetables

These three things are like the perfect 'paleo triangle'. No two can stand on their own but when you combine them they will do amazing things for your body.

Protein helps you to feel full. If you are getting hungry between meals it is likely because you don't have enough protein in your system. In addition to feeling full, protein also helps everything from your muscles to your skin and nails.

Healthy fats are critical for variety of reasons. First, when you combine proteins with healthy fats you tend to stay full for a longer period of time.

Secondly, healthy fats help to keep things moving in your system, allowing you to naturally start to lose weight. Lastly, healthy fats help to protect your body's vital organs.

And then there are your vegetables. It's no secret that veggies do a lot of great things for our bodies, but there are two things in particular that are critical for your health.

The most obvious is that vegetables flood the body with the nutrients that it needs. But certain vegetables also give your body a healthy dose of natural hydration. And of course, that hydration helps every other process in your body.

Generally, you want to be sure that your protein is about twice the size of your palm. While there is no real limit to the healthy fats and non-starchy vegetables that you can eat, it is a good idea to make sure you have more of these items than you do your protein. Remember, your goal is to help the protein to get digested by your system.

So there you have it, the three things that you should be basing your meals around when you begin eating paleo.

While you can also add things like nuts and paleo desserts to the mix, you do want to watch your intake of these things if you are trying to lose weight.

Paleo for Kids

There is almost nothing scarier than the responsibility that comes with raising a child. Whether it's getting them off to school or watching them start to date there is no way around it...parenting is hard.

And more often than not we find ourselves wondering if we are making the right decision for our children and second guessing ourselves at every turn.

But there is one area where you can know that you are doing the best for your children. And that is when it comes to the foods that they are eating. When you have a child that is eating paleo, you have the comfort of knowing that you are doing the absolute best that you can for them.

Not only are you feeding them foods that will help them to fight off colds and other ailments, but you are giving them food that is going to aid in their overall development, muscle building, stamina, and even brain power.

In other words, there is no shortage of ways that eating paleo can help your child to succeed.

As you know, protein plays a vital part in helping a growing child. Having the right amount of protein is a critical part of promoting healthy muscle growth, boosting concentration, and helping with energy levels. All of these are things that are essential to a growing child.

But that isn't the only thing that eating paleo can offer to your kids. Eating paleo also promotes eating vegetables, which will give your children a healthy dose of the nutrients that their bodies are needing.

And of course, vegetables tend to be rich in fiber, which helps to ensure good digestion and gut health.

On the surface, it might seem like asking your child to eat all of these healthy foods will be a battle. And to be honest, in the beginning it just might be.

But over time you might be surprised to find your children will start looking forward to eating their paleo meals.

One of the greatest things about the fact that the paleo diet is so popular is that people are getting creative with their recipes, and they are sharing that creativity with others.

There was a time not too long ago when eating paleo meant eating bland meat and veggies. Even though these things served their purpose in making you healthy, they didn't necessarily make food something to look forward to.

Thankfully those days are over and now eating paleo isn't just healthy, it can be downright fun. Here are some examples of healthy paleo treats that will tame even the pickiest of eaters:

• Paleo Mac and Cheese
• Paleo Donuts
• Paleo Pancakes
• Paleo Fudge
• Paleo Chicken Nuggets
• Paleo Pizza

These are just a few examples of the recipes that you can make when your family starts eating paleo.

Not only will these recipes help you to ease your family into a new way of eating, but your little ones might even start asking to help you in the kitchen.

Making the transition to the paleo diet can be hard, but it isn't impossible. As long as you keep things light and allow your family to have foods similar to the foods they are used to, you will have a healthy paleo family in no time.

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Cheers, Helene Malmsio

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