The rules of paleo.

October 03, 2017

The rules of paleo.

Any time we as humans try to take on new habits the road is rarely straight. Often times it can be difficult to adjust years and even decades of conditioning.  When changing your routine of what goes into the body, this can be extremely difficult as the responses to this change can be both physical and psychological. But if it’s good habits that you are trying to create, it’s important to stick it out and resist temptations to fall into your old ways.


For dieting, that can be tough. We have a very obvious personal connection to food, as it is one of the few daily rituals that is necessary to sustain life. To try a new diet and whole new philosophy of eating, you will need to set some boundaries as well as forgive yourself if you slip up.


What you can eat


A good paleo diet is fairly simple and straightforward if you follow the guidelines, opting for whole foods that are in their natural state.  This includes organic meat, fish, and eggs; fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats/oils.


The key is to think about what might have been available to humans 10,000 years ago, as this diet is based on that time, also known as the Paleolithic era.



What you can’t eat

The main thing here is processed grains and sugars. Dairy is also difficult to digest as our bodies were never meant to drink the milk of another animal.


A good rule of thumb is that if a food has a package and some clever name to get you to buy it, it’s probably not in the Paleo realm. If it has ingredients you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not paleo. If it has high carbohydrate and sugars content, you should avoid this.


The 80/20 Rule

Let’s face it, we all mess up from time to time. Sometimes it’s not even an accident; we just want to have a donut or cheesecake here and again. The reality is that it’s not going to kill you. What will do damage is if eating out of the paleo diet becomes a consistent habit. So we like to follow what is called the 80/20 rule.


Basically if you can eat 80% of your food within the parameters of the paleo diet then your body can deal with the 20% that isn’t so good. Over time you will be able to improve this ratio naturally without thinking much about it, but rather simply gravitating to the foods that make you feel good.


No one is standing over your shoulder telling you what you can and can’t eat. But after a few weeks of trying the paleo diet you will begin to notice your body processing things differently, especially if your previous diet was heavy on the refined sugars and dairy. Once your body adapts to the changes you will naturally filter out the junk by not being interested. After a bit of willpower and persistence, the habits will stick, and your body will thank you.

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