Here are some rules to live by when you follow a paleo diet and lifestyle. Well, these are really the rules I am living by. Now I’ll take a moment to oh so enlighten you with my infinite wisdom (totally joking but not at the same time).
My 10 commandments of cooking and paleo:
2) Sweet treats and breads, even paleo versions, should be kept to a minimum. Just because they are made into what people call paleo doesn’t mean they should be a substitute for meals, included with every meal, or eaten to excess in general. Of course if you need a treat go for it and make it paleo! The stuff is fantastically delicious and healthier than non paleo options in my opinion. I must admit I am a fan of paleo treats.
3) Experiment! Mix it up! Throw caution to the wind! Live on the edge! I love cliches! This is how I discovered my favorite seasoning combo. Garlic and cinnamon. Nomnomnom.
4) When possible do buy and eat organic. I only recently joined this bandwagon. The food actually tastes better, I have fewer digestive issues (probably TMI), and it’s way better for you.
5) When eating out don’t stress about trying to stay 100% paleo. That’s what I love most about paleo. It’s very versatile and can be modified to fit anyone’s lifestyle. A little non paleo food once in awhile isn’t a bad thing. Earlier this week for example I ate out and had a kale salad that had chickpeas on it and some sort of parmesan crisps. I ate it. I survived. That salad was on the side of a rare burger topped with cheddar cheese (I went bun-less). I ate the cheese. Yep survived that too. I realize you were probably expecting me to say I ate an entire pizza. Nope. Sorry to disappoint.
6) Load up on veggies. Raw, sautéed in butter/coconut oil/bacon grease/FAT, baked, broiled, steamed, roasted… you get the idea.
7) Load up on protein. Enough said.
8) Eat fat, eat fat, eat fat. YES even saturated fats. Especially saturated fats. Your body needs fat badly and in today’s society it is still feared by most as a dietary no no even though studies saying it was bad were conducted ages ago and more recent literature proves the great majority of those studies to be flawed. Not only that, but fat fills you up and holds you over for a long time. Basically carbs will metabolize in about 1 ½ hours, protein in about 4-6 hours, and fats in about 7-8 hours or so. The longer it takes for your body to metabolize nutrients, the longer you remain satiated.
9) EAT BREAKFAST and make it truly a meal to break-the-fast. I learned that I wasn’t eating enough to fuel my workouts and I’m a morning exerciser. How did I learn this you may wonder? I had no energy, my workouts were painfully hard and just down right painful (achy joints for example) and I generally felt like crap all day long. Tired, no energy. I’ve increased the quantity of my breakfasts and their nutritional content and OMG do I feel fantastic. Not only for my workouts, but that good start carries me through the day. I find protein and fat combos work best for me.
10) EAT! I’m still working on this one. I am not a snacky person and I eat three meals a day. I’ve spent so many years eating when it’s time to eat versus when I’m actually hungry so honestly I’m not even sure when I’m really hungry. This one will take awhile. I’m working on it. I need to retrain my system to recognize hunger so I eat when my body needs fuel, not when it’s “time” per my watch.
While I live within the realm of nutrition and always have, I’m fairly new to the paleo world. These are MY current 10 commandments. Stay tuned, the list will grow and change and I continue to learn and experiment!
This is a good read for more on paleo: