When you’re following the paleo diet, changing up the foods you eat at each meal may seem like challenge at first, especially if your pre-paleo plate was filled with eats such as pasta, yogurt, and bread. Try these dietitian-approved meals!
You see, the philosophy of the paleo diet is a return to the eating habits of our Paleolithic ancestors, and a rejection of many of the foods Americans consider staples in their diets today.
If you’re trying this eating approach, you’ll have to say goodbye not only to foods well known to be unhealthy — such as ice cream, potato chips, and soda — but also all grains (including whole grains), most dairy, legumes (beans), and starchy veggies, among other foods. The thinking goes that foods in these elimination groups are toxic to our bodies because of modern farming practices.
There’s a lack of evidence that any of these eliminated foods are toxic to the body; further, the paleo diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies and isn’t advisable for everyone. (1) But some research suggests the eating plan may help with weight loss and reduce your risk for certain chronic diseases, at least in the short term. (2)
You might be excited about the prospect of improving your health and waist size by kicking processed snacks and inflammatory foods like dairy and grains to the curb. But those hopes won’t make overhauling your eating habits any easier.
Luckily, we’ve done most of the initial legwork for you.
With the help of Seattle, Washington-based Ginger Hultin, RDN, a wellness coach with Arivale, we’ve collected five days’ worth of delicious, easy-to-whip-up meals that can make sticking with the paleo diet a cinch!
Breakfast Eggs prepared your favorite way with sausage and a side of berries
Lunch Garlic Cajun shrimp bowls with spiralized zucchini
Dinner Slow-cooker sweet potato chili with green chilies and ground bison or beef
Breakfast Paleo pancakes made with coconut flour and added berries
Lunch Roasted sweet potato vegetable salad with added crumbled bacon and chicken
Dinner Beef, ginger, and broccoli stir-fry cooked in ghee
Breakfast Chorizo breakfast scramble with eggs, gluten-free chorizo sausage, veggies, and herbs.
Lunch Paleo-friendly vegetable soup
Dinner One-pan lemon chicken with asparagus, garlic, and herbs
When you’re used to eating on the run and grabbing nosh at checkout counters, gas stations, grocery stores, mall food courts, and airports, making the switch to a paleo lifestyle means you need to think ahead about your meals and snacks.
Here are some paleo-friendly snack ideas to try:
Here are a few blogs and websites chock-full of paleo diet recipes and meal ideas. Many of these bloggers also dive into the paleo diet philosophy and science behind paleo living and how it may affect your health.
The Paleo Diet This site was created by the founder of the paleo diet movement, Loren Cordain, PhD, a professor emeritus at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins and the author of The Paleo Diet. It has recipes and success stories, and addresses the latest news from the scientific and nutrition world about the paleo diet.
Mark’s Daily Apple Mark Sisson writes about the concept of living a “primal” life and offers a blueprint on how to “get primal.”
Paleo Leap This paleo blog divides recipes and topics into category pages at the top of the website, and touches on common questions about the paleo diet, like why certain foods are on the diet and others aren’t.
Robb Wolf Wolf is considered one of the world’s leading experts in paleo nutrition. On his site, you can learn the difference between the ketogenic diet and the paleo diet, and get recommendations for paleo podcasts and other resources.
PaleOMG This paleo blog offers paleo recipes and meal plans, as well as tips for traveling while following the paleo diet. Its blogger, Juli, also shares her fashion, beauty, and fitness tips.
Whole Foods Market The popular grocery store has a blog dedicated to paleo-friendly ingredients, recipe ideas, and meal suggestions. Think of this site as a one-stop shop for paleo recipe ideas, grocery shopping, and coupons!
While there are plenty of books on the paleo diet, these five are considered must-reads for beginners.
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