What’s keeping you from going Paleo? Maybe you’ve dabbled in it some, but you’re not sure about it yet. Maybe you’re thinking ‘yeah, that’d be nice someday in the future.’
Is there something that scares you about it? Are you the kind of person to dive head first into things and get overwhelmed and then completely abandon it? Maybe you’ve tried ‘fad diets’ in the past and dropped everything in a moment, been pleased with the results for a couple weeks but then your old habits start creeping in when results slow down.
Maybe you’d like to go Paleo and you like the idea and keep researching and reading about it (collecting underpants), but you haven’t actually made any changes yet. You’re waiting until you’re a master on the subject until you go for it.
Maybe you’re scared. Maybe your habits are comfortable. You know you need a change and you’d like to see differences, but the perceived cost of change hasn’t outweighed your dissatisfaction with your current situation yet. Change is haaaard! You can afford to make those changes later, right? Things aren’t so bad right now, right?!
Small changes make a big difference.
I’m not suggesting that anyone dive headfirst in changing their eating habits and lifestyle in the span of a day or week or even a month. Slow and steady wins the race. My wife and I made the change from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to Paleo over the span of 9 months! We intentionally focused on one small change each month or two to add in so we never felt overwhelmed (of course, we still felt overwhelmed sometimes, but at least we handled it better!). I’ll make a Paleo Transition Plan (but in the meantime, I found this one and it is really good!) to help you all out with this, so you can manage it well and make long-lasting changes.
‘Why make long-lasting changes? I just need to lose 30 lbs before summer!’
My goal here at Tom Eats is not for people to lose weight (its a nice side effect, though!), my goal is to make happy, healthy individuals. I don’t want you to put your body/health through the shredder just to look better in a swimsuit, I want you have a long healthy productive life where you are in control and not a slave to preventable health and wight related diseases and impairments. Want to grow old to watch your grandkids grow up? See your son or daughter get married and start a family? Spend an entire lifetime helping and loving others?
Make your health a priority. Take the long-term view.
Okay, Woo! That was a lot of food theory / health talk. Anywaaaaaayz, let’s get on to the show. Meal plan coming’ atcha!
Meal Plan #15
My wife and I love eggs for breakfast, especially when accompanied with its good friend bacon (the food, not Kevin Bacon). Occasionally some butter (aka bullet-proof) coffee. Greens aren’t usually in breakfast foods, but why not? Let’s defy the culture! We’ve been adding in green smoothies with our eggs as well.
Green smoothie recipe:
1 cup packed spinach
1 cup coconut milk
1 banana (or other sweet fruit)
1 – 2 tbsp of almond butter (optional, good fat and good taste!)
Blend and drink.
Lunch: Almost always leftovers from dinner the night before or a spinach salad with ham and olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus some carrots and almond butter, and possibly a sliced apple or other fruit.
Kielbasa Sausage and Cabbage Skillet – This is an interesting dish that serves well as a ‘throw it all in!’ sort of meal. There’s sausage, onions, cabbage, and you can also put in whatever else needs to be used up.
Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala – Great crock-pot recipe. Tastes delicious and makes a lot with little prep. Serve with some cauliflower rice (can be a little time intensive in my experience) and maybe some paleo naan for a full paleo Indian meal.
(Wild-Caught) Salmon and asparagus – This is a staple at our house. Salmon seasoned with salt & pepper and baked for ~15 min at 425F, asparagus cooked in ghee or bacon grease with some salt, pepper, and paprika. Easy, delicious, and super healthy, though I usually need to eat a large portion because it isn’t very dense.
A Simple Meat & Veg’ Meal – Trust me, your meals and your life don’t have to look like a Pinterest board. Make some roast chicken and brussels sprouts and a side salad or something.
Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies – There’s nothing wrong with some sweets occasionally, they don’t even have to be paleo (gasp!). One of the ways paleo sticks is because of the 80/20 rule, it’s not a hard and fast diet.