Congrats, this is perhaps the most beneficial decision to you and your family's health you may ever do.
Aside from the awesome aesthetic effect this will have on your body, you will begin to sleep better, work mroe effeciently, be more active, and more outgoing due to the new found health and activity.
Unfortunately, going Paleo is not that easy. Or I should say it is easy to fail.
We must take step we must retrain ourselves. Rid ourselves of bad habits.
We are essentially quitting substance. With quitting a substance comes withdrawl, temptation and mood swings. These next few point will help.
1. Stock Up!
Before ever going Paleo, stock the hell out of your fridge and freezer. One of the hardest transitions for people in our society is avoiding eating out and the temptations literally on every street corner.
If we have a stocked pantry and fridge, we know there is food at home and we wont starve by going home to eat after work or school.
* check out the paleo shopping list on the Facebook page for help.
2. Plan Ahead.
Find time in your week (best if we can figure his out before starting paleo) To cook large amounts of food. Typically for myself this is meats and hearty stews and chili's that reheat great but typically take a while to cook. It is not that hard to do this. We often cook anyways, just cook extra and freeze or leave some in the fridge. This is an art and will be developed over time. You will learn to cook and how much. It makes you save some pennies too,
3. Have Support
I am fortunate to have my spouse to eat the way I do. If you are as lucky as I, then it will make your life easier. But if your family/ friends can not be talked into, merely be honest with them. Let them know this is something you seriously wish to do, but only can with their help and assistance. You will be surprised in the support you get. Maybe not all the time, but they will evetually begin to ask questions when you are feeling great and looking sexy as hell.
3b. Have Support- research
It helps a lot to finds others doing the same. Support yourself by educating yourself and seeking out others with similar interests. Be active in looking into recipes, forums, even talk about it at the gym. It becomes fun and inspirational in a crowd. If we try and go alone we will think it is the hardest thing ever. If you tackle this with others, you will be able to relate and assist one another.
4. Be Patient!
The first two weeks are the hardest. Get through them and you will be free.
Remember, it's not a "cheat" day if it happens every week. It becomes how you eat, it becomes habit.
It takes a couple weeks for you to stabilize, it is normal to feel off. Trust me on this one.
5. EAT, EAT diverse foods, EAT
Eat and eat a lot. the caloric intake of many paleo foods is less that what you typically have. It may seem as though you are eating more. To the eye, you probably are, to the stomach you are not.
Please remember, life is good in moderation. Although some foods are paleo, many can be awful for you in large consumption.
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I hope all this helps.
Remember, fear makes the wolf seem bigger.