Your plate should look something like this:
- 4-8 oz of lean protein
- A TON of vegetables, raw or cooked
- Fats, they are your friend! Avocado, Oil, Nuts
This isn’t a ‘diet’ of limitation; this is a healthy habit of getting as much nutrients in your belly as possible. Your plate has purpose and provides nourishment with each ingredient and delectable bite.
You should be eating 3-4 meals per day, each including protein. Limit your fruit and nut intake if fat loss is the goal. Your drinks should not be artificially sweetened, your palate will adjust and you will start to taste the sweetness of nature. Give it a few weeks, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You’ll should start to see how easy it is to lose unwanted body fat without feeling deprived at all.
A couple other tips that will save you time and ensure you get a yummy Paleo meal:
- Learn to love leftovers. Some people hate them and either let them sit in the fridge forever, or toss ‘em after each meal. This is wasteful! Save them and get creative! Got some leftover steak? Chop it up and cook with eggs the next morning for a protein-packed scramble. Extra chicken on hand? Shred or slice it up and wrap in butter lettuce for easy and tasty carb-free “tacos.”
- Related to the previous tip: prepare a bunch of meat at once. Grill meats like chicken, pork chop, steak, and sausage whenever you have some time and stash them away in plastic containers. This way you have the base of your meal ready to go and can easily whip up a quick salad after work.
- Go a step further and prep veggies ahead of time too! Cauliflower is kind of a “jack of all trades” when it comes to Paleo. Seriously.. use it for pizza crust, rice, mashed potatoes, etc. Simply rice them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge when you’re ready to go. Also steam tougher veggies in advance (like broccoli or carrots) so all you need to do is saute them in a bit of coconut oil and garlic, or eat them as is, of course!
- Use recipes as inspiration, not necessarily as a mandatory guide. If something calls for ground beef, but you see sausage or ground turkey is on sale, don’t feel like you absolutely have to adhere by the recipe! If it calls for fresh herbs, but you only have dried ones, that’s fine too.
- Keep a well-stocked spice cabinet. There may be some weeks when you’ll have chicken 5 nights in a row, and having a wide variety of spices ensures that you’ll never feel like you’re eating the same meal over and over. A bit of Italian seasoning one night, some Chinese five spice the next, and lemon pepper after that means you’re dinners never feel monotonous.
- Roast your veggies. This is one of the easiest ways to get tasty veggies without doing much work at all! Roasting also helps to bring out their flavor and usually adds a sweet, rich flavor to them. Simply toss with some coconut oil, sprinkle with a bit of your favorite spices, and pop in the oven. While they’re roasting away, start prepping the rest of your meal. My personal favorites to roast are carrots, turnips, broccoli and cauliflower.
- Put that old crock pot to use. This is one of my absolute favorite kitchen appliances, as you literally throw everything inside, set the timer, and forget about it for 6-8 hours. I like to use it to cook stuff while I’m asleep or at work. What’s more comforting than coming home to a warm, nutritious meal that’s all ready to go? You can find tons of recipes online, but generally if you take whatever protein you have, season it, add to your crock pot and top with veggies like onions, celery, and carrots, add whatever sauce or seasoning you like, you’ll end up with a pretty tasty concoction. Or add some broth to this pot and you’ve got a hearty stew!
- Pre-pack healthy snacks to keep in your purse or at your desk at work. Think about easy, yet filling treats like carrot or celery sticks, nuts, and dried fruits. You also might want to have a separate container for almond butter to use as a dip too. This really great if you find yourself battling cravings for sweets and salty snacks.