Is The Paleo Diet Right For The Whole Family?
If you’re someone who is looking at starting a Paleo plan of eating and would like the whole family to join in the fun but don’t know whether it’s right or not, then you are not alone.
This question has been asked many times and in this report we will attempt to navigate our way through it.
Firstly, before you even approach your family and try to convince them to go on a paleo diet, you need to bear a few things in mind. Firstly, as we have covered, the paleo diet is not an easy diet. There are many restrictions such as no consumption of sugar, processed foods, artificial additives, etc.
Secondly, it’s not just a diet. It’s an entire lifestyle change. You will not be able to go to a party or gathering and eat what you want because not many people prepare food according to paleo requirements.
Even restaurants and expensive eating establishments may not prepare food in a paleo manner. That basically means you will have to bring your own food to a party.
Thirdly, most comfort foods are excluded from the paleo diet simply because they contain sugar, dairy, or some ingredient that is not allowed in the paleo diet.
So how are you going to convince your spouse and kids to give up all their favorite foods and eat like a caveman?
The process itself may seem like you’re at a United Nations convention trying to get opposing countries to sign a multilateral agreement.
The best way to go about it would be to do it in stages.
Don’t try to go from zero to paleo hero overnight. Yes, it is beneficial and yes, it is an excellent idea… but you will need to give your family time to adjust, adapt and assimilate.
In the beginning stages, make one meal a paleo meal. It could be breakfast. Throw out the sugary cereals and milk.
Replace those with bacon fried in coconut oil, scrambled eggs and a glass of fresh fruit juice. Get a recipe book full of delicious recipes and tempt your family members with tasty paleo meals.
The key is to make them feel like they are not sacrificing delicious food for a paleo diet. Your excitement and interest as contagious as they may be, might not be enough to sway your family from tucking into that tub of macadamia nut ice-cream.
Also, try not to get too preachy and stop yourself from standing on a paleo pedestal and shaking your head at their poor food choices. Exercise tolerance and slowly swing them over to your side.
Of course, your family may say, “Yay! Let’s all get on the paleo diet and eat beef liver tonight!”… highly unlikely, but if it does happen, good for you.
Otherwise, follow the earlier advice.
It is a fantastic idea to get your family on the paleo diet because it is extremely healthy. You will be less prone to obesity, allergies, aches and pains, etc. In the long run, your entire family will benefit from the paleo diet.
So, it is worth pursuing and persuading. Have tolerance or your spouse may divorce you and let you have full custody of the chicken feet and bison tail that are happily sitting in the freezer.
The key to convincing them will be to become an excellent cook. Invest in a good paleo recipe book and hone those cooking skills of yours. Do focus on the desserts. Most people find it extremely difficult to give up the sweet foods.
Do not use the paleo diet as a crutch to cook unpalatable dishes.
It is perfectly possible to whip up mouth-watering paleo dishes.
Once you can do that, it is half the battle won.
Work on yourself… then work on your family. There are many families on the paleo diet. This goal is within reach.
Tips To Start Today!
Congratulations on making it to the end of this intro guide on the Paleo Diet.
You may be surprised to know that the majority of people who start something never complete it. If you’ve made it this far, you’re definitely interested in the Paleo way of eating and all the benefits it has to offer.
The best thing you can do, is to get clearance from your doctor and get started on a Paleo program.
Take your time and progress at your own pace. This is not a race. The more you do it, the better you will get at doing it and the healthier you will become. It’s all a matter of time and practice.
In this last part we will look at practical steps to start a Paleo lifestyle starting today.
Understand the basic do’s and don’ts of what to eat and not eat:
Nuts, vegetables, fruit, eggs, organic & grass fed meats, healthy oils (coconut, avocado, olive, etc.), fish/seafood
Processed foods, dairy (butter, yogurt, cheese, milk), cereal grains, legumes (beans, peas), peanuts & peanut butter, refined sugar, potatoes, refined vegetable oils, candy, artificial sweeteners, starchy vegetables (potatoes, yam, etc.)
Plan on a lifestyle change, not a temporary “thing”:
Lasting results happen when you stick to something permanently. That doesn’t mean that every now and then you won’t find yourself having a cup of milk with an Oreo.
But going into a diet change with the mindset that changes are permanent and long-lasting is a key to success.
Remember that this is not a race. It may take a while to remember what foods to incorporate and what foods to give up.
Let’s face it. The box of cookies in your cupboard clearly won’t fly within the world of Paleo. But if they’re there, you’ll likely eat them.
Same goes for the butter, the peanuts, the potatoes. In order to avoid temptations every time you open the cabinet door, you’re going to have to toss some of that stuff. Give it to a neighbor, a friend, or the local food bank.
Make sure you understand your reasoning:
Oftentimes we read about a new diet or exercise and we get so stoked, we just want to dive right in because man that sounds awesome!
But in order to keep our motivation up for the long haul, it’s important to understand why you’re choosing to start something.
Are you diving into Paleo because your friend did it, because you want to feel better, or because you want to lose weight? Whatever your reasoning may be, make sure it’s one you truly believe in.
Aside from the fact that this is just an awesome overall rule for life, it reminds us that we aren’t perfect. Every now and then we may want a treat (read: something that doesn’t fall on the “eat” list for Paleo).
Some people allow themselves treats every now and then- some do so on a scheduled basis, others as life tosses things their way. Regardless, don’t beat yourself up for “slipping up.” We’re human after all!
Do your homework
If you’re a restaurant junkie and are weeping at merely the thought of giving up your Friday-night-fun, hang on a minute.
Revisit the menus of places you frequent and see how you can make the food selections fit the Paleo “requirements.” Or, if there’s a dish you just can’t live without, plan to have your cheat at the restaurant that serves it.
Making the choice to live a healthier life is awesome and admirable, whether Paleo ends up being the route for you or not.
By eating the foods that our ancestors ate, instead of filling our bellies with packaged everything, we can be sure we’re heading down a path of healthier, happier lives!
“Let Food Be Thy Medicine, And Medicine Be Thy Food”
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