5 Day Paleo Action Plan – Intro and Day 1

Getting Started with Paleo (5-Day Action Plan)

With all the super size this and large size that fast food options, processed foods and other ‘junk’ food choices available today, it’s no secret that our society is full of the most unfit, overweight and unhealthy people in the world.

There are more food-related health problems (cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and more) than there have ever been. But because you’re reading this report, I want to say congratulations! You’ve obviously made an important decision to take back your health and start eating better. It doesn’t matter what the reason behind it is (if you’re newly diagnosed with a health related disease/issue or you’re just sick and tired of being unhealthy, for example), what’s important is that you’re taking action to make the positive changes in your diet and lifestyle. That’s a huge accomplishment and a very smart decision.

Also, because you’ve picked up a copy of this, I’m assuming you’re interested in a Paleo way of eating. So this report was created to give you some easy to understand information about eating a Paleo diet. It’s broken down into a five day action plan that will help you get started and you’ll even find some sample recipes that are quick and easy but delicious too as well as a seven-day menu plan to ease you into your first week of following this way of eating!

First, let’s cover the main foundation – what the Paleo Diet is and whether it’s right for you or not.

Introduction: What is the Paleo Diet & Is it Right For Me?

The word Paleo comes from the Paleolithic period, or also known as the Stone Age. Another common name for Paleo is the Caveman Diet. It was given this name because the allowed foods are similar to the dietary needs our bodies were originally created to eat and what was once only consumed back during Paleolithic times (cavemen) – real, natural non-processed foods such as nuts, berries, wild animals, vegetables, fruit, etc. In other words, anything that could be hunted or gathered. You may have also heard it referred to as clean eating. Basically, it’s a very simple ‘real’ food way of eating – how our bodies were biologically created to eat.

If our bodies were designed to live on foods like the cavemen did what happened?

The agricultural revolution, that’s what happened! After agriculture and farming were introduced, suddenly our society became accustomed to consuming things like pasta, rice, bread, and so on. Things that the cavemen survived without! Our bodies were not created to consume all these grains…even though the food pyramid recommends we eat so many servings of grains a day!

The Paleo WOE (way of eating) is a way for people to go back to a simple, healthy diet. A diet their body craves and needs – one that our bodies were created to consume. It’s meant to be easy to understand and easy to follow, but it’s also easy to overcomplicate things. If you find yourself making Paleo complicated, remind yourself that really it’s all about whether or not a caveman would eat it.

Is the Paleo lifestyle right for me?

Only you can make that decision, although some doctors may make the decision for you when, because of health related issues, they recommend you follow this way of eating. If you have gluten-sensitivity or inflammation of the joints, going Paleo can be a great asset to helping clear those issues up. You may find it challenging if you’re a vegetarian but it can (and has been) be done. If you’re not willing to commit 100%, then it’s probably not the right choice for you. Without being fully committed, you won’t give it a fair chance and more than likely will quickly and easily slip back into old eating habits. Make a commitment to give yourself at least 30 days of eating this way so your body will have time to go through the adjustments (detox, withdrawal) and start feeling the benefits. In the grand scheme of things, committing to 30 days is ‘easy’.

All that to say, do your due diligence (research, talk to a doctor, etc.) and make an educated decision as to whether it’s right for you or not. Just as with everything else in life, just because Paleo worked for someone else that doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you or that it’s the best option for you.

Now, let’s move along and get down to the nitty gritty of this report – your five day action plan.

Day One: Learn the Basics

We already discussed what the Paleo diet is, so let’s move onto some of the basics, or common questions people have when deciding to follow this lifestyle.

How many calories should I eat on a paleo diet?

This isn’t an easy question to answer. It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of thing. Each person is different so calorie intake will need to be based on what is best for you. Take into consideration how often you are active, if you’re older or younger, heavier – those will all have an impact on how many calories your body needs. Also, one of the great things about this way of eating is that it’s not meant for you to have to count calories at all, so don’t spend a lot of time fretting over this.

Should I make my entire family eat paleo?

This is entirely up to you. It’s a safe way of eating so even children can eat this way. It’s easier to stick to a lifestyle change like this if everyone in the household is on board. So if you can get everyone to agree, then yes definitely “make” them all follow the Paleo plan.

Will I lose weight?

Most people do. If you find that you’re not, pay attention to how much fruit you’re eating. Fruit is allowed, but it does have sugar in it so if you find you’re not losing then try cutting back on your fruit intake and see if that helps. Don’t just focus on the scale though. Pay attention to the other benefits, the non-scale victories that are also possible when following this way of eating. Many people eating a Paleo diet state that they have more energy, less brain fog (can think clearer), their joints don’t hurt (inflammation goes away), lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, sleep better, and more!

What about dairy?

There’s some controversy around the fact that when you follow the Paleo lifestyle, the only dairy you really consume is eggs. Some say you don’t need dairy for healthy bones and if we think back to the cavemen, they didn’t have access to a lot of dairy and they were fine without it. Sure they had access to cows but did they drag around a cow all day with them for when they wanted some milk? Probably not. And of course, on the other side of the spectrum are those that believe you have to have a specific amount of dairy each day for healthy bones. But if you think about all the people in this world that are lactose intolerant and get along without dairy just fine, that might help you feel better about skipping the cheese, milk, and other dairy foods. (Note: after 30 days, some people recommend that you slowly start reintroducing dairy products to your diet.)

What if I slip-up and cheat?

It’s inevitable that at some point during your Paleo eating journey you’re going to have a slip-up and eat “bad.” Most people say the hardest for them is the first two weeks, but especially the first several days. This is true – your body is going through a huge adjustment and withdrawal from giving up sugars, grains, carbs, etc. Don’t be surprised if you have headaches or even flu-like symptoms. Just remind yourself it won’t last long and once you get past this phase it’ll be so worth it.

Having said that, if you do have a slip-up do NOT beat yourself up and think ‘well I’ve blown it now, there’s no point in getting back on track.’ That’s baloney! You didn’t blow it and there is a point to getting back on track – YOU and your health!

It may help you stay on track and not cheat if you remind yourself that if you do slip-up and eat something ‘forbidden’, you’re adding toxins back into your body and when you get back on track, you’ll go through a detox and even withdrawal phase again.

To help yourself not slip up, it’s time to clean out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.

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