An Easy to Follow Plan
Some people who may have come across the Paleo diet or heard of its principles somewhere, may have an initial judgment that this diet is very uptight and strict in following its basic principles when in fact, it is really as simple as 1, 2, 3. Contrary to some popular beliefs, the Paleo diet is actually one of the least difficult and rather convenient diets to follow in many ways. There are handful of benefits one can get from subscribing to the Paleo diet.
First benefit is that you don’t have to count or keep track of anything. There will be no calories, carbs, protein grams, or points to follow. Save yourself from the repetitive task of writing down what you ate, how much nutrients you are taking in, and how much unwanted calories you are shredding out. The Paleo diet does not encourage you to always monitor yourself every day and the changes your body undergoes throughout the journey. By the time you have gotten used to the Paleo diet, your body has already changed positively without even you noticing it all and that is good. You will feel normal and natural all the way until someone else will notice and tell you how fit you are now compared to when you didn’t know about Paleo at all.
You won’t also have to worry about eating at specific schedules or following any other arbitrary food rules out there. There is no prepacked meal or diet cycle to follow. Basically, you have the freedom to experiment and create your own meal plans as long as you know which ingredients to include in your recipe which are Paleo-friendly. By eating fruits and vegetables, you are already following the plan. By cutting out anything that is processed, like processed grains and added sugar in soft drinks, you are already following the plan. The same goes for dairy products which of course is not yet available during the Paleolithic era and legumes which is believed to be indigestible by the body. The diet also promotes anti-inflammatory foods, unsaturated oils in nuts, and certain oils which are beneficial for our health. As long as you’re eating whole foods and avoiding the foods that are off-limits, you will go a long way throughout your Paleo journey.
Of course, you do also want to honor your level of hunger. Even with healthy food, you don’t want to stuff yourself until you feel sick and miserable. You don’t have to stuff yourself with fruits and vegetables only every time you feel hungry. With the absence of energy-rich carbs, you may have the tendency to feel lethargic, hungry, and moody at some times. But you’ll find that there’s no need to feel hungry all the time – you can eat until you’re satisfied and listen to your body’s hunger cues. Basically, you can eat anytime you feel hungry or just feel like eating because it is still important to listen to your bodily needs as well. The Paleo diet does not encourage you to feel hungry all the time or stuff yourself until you feel sick and miserable. You can just eat at your own pace at your own volition.
Another thing that makes the Paleo diet easy to follow nowadays is that you can now incorporate modern foods which science considers to be healthy. This paves the way for some modernized versions of the Paleo diet. These include quality grass-fed butter and some gluten-free grains like rice. Because of this change, the Paleo diet has further evolved to accommodate some modern lifestyles. The Paleo diet has become a template on which to base your meal plans on rather than a set of rules to follow. You can treat the Paleo diet as the starting point and then you can work your way from there. As mentioned above, experiment is the way to go.
The Paleo diet is modeled after what our hunter-gatherer ancestors had to eat. While there is no specific and strict way to follow the Paleo diet, the basic idea is to avoid processed foods and focus instead on healthy and whole foods. You can also base your diet on Paleo foods and then come up with your own modern twist to your meals by adding grass-fed butter and gluten-free grains. The benefits of the Paleo diet range from not only in our physical aspect but also gives us the luxury and convenience of experimenting on our own. We don’t even need to constantly monitor ourselves by how much nutrients or calories we are taking in or how much carbs we are taking out. The Paleo diet can serve as a template, not just a diet with a strict set of rules. And of course, there is no one unified way to follow the Paleo diet that’s why there are abundant resources in the Internet and health magazines to help guide you along the way without straying from the path. And lastly, the main key in following any diet plan is to get rid of temptation and cravings and always stay on target.