Over my many years of attempting to eat well and then being dissuaded by too many carbs, sugars, and junk food, I have learned a few tips and tricks that work for me personally to stick to the good eating patterns. Nowadays I refer to caveman template eating as the bomb diggity, therefore these tips are geared more so in that direction, though whatever your dietary style of choice these will likely still apply:
1. Start off right…. with MEAT
The number one mistake one can make is to eat something bad right off the bat. Hello, my father has worked for Hershey’s for 15 years, I know how to eat chocolate for breakfast, and I tell you it doesn’t end well. The entire day becomes a blood sugar roller coaster. Don’t do it folks, just don’t do it. Plan to have an awesome breakfast each and every morning that falls in line with your principles. Whether it’s a fruit platter, an omelette, some nuts and seeds, or even jerk chicken (one of my favourite breakfasts for some sick reason). Beef stew is another good one on winter mornings. Starting the day with protein of the animal variety is your best bet. Nix the carbs if you can, even the whole-grain cereals. They still beat cap’n crunch no doubt, but I preach caveman eating whenever possible and even whole grain carbs are still awkward on the system.
2. Make yourself eat all your veggies (and fruits) FIRST
So you want to eat a big chunk of cake? Save it for day’s end after you’ve ensured getting in your ten servings of fruits and veggies, and preferably after eating a hunk of meat. You’ll feel far more balanced and thus less likely to over-indulge. When you meet all your micronutrient requirements from the fruits and veg and go in with balanced blood sugar thanks to the meat, it’s a recipe for success, and the cake can be your prize. Though you can also see #4 and make that cake paleo-friendly.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Story of my Life. Plan out your meals for the week and have everything you need on hand. Or else you might end up in the Tim Horton’s line up at the hospital for lunch. Again.
4. Make a paleo-friendly dessert
Once a week I try to make a grain-free, delicious dessert to have on hand where I just don’t care about the sugar content and ensure it comes from honey, agave, or fruits / dates. Yes agave nectar is now the devil in some circles but it’s still better than any boxed atrocity in the baked goods aisle.
5. Have paleo-friendly snacks on hand
Trail mix, nuts and seeds, hand fruits, and even hand veggies (carrots, bell peppers, baby cukes) all make for great grab n go snacks. I also like saurkraut, junk-free pickles, salsa and organic tortilla chips (no GMO corn!), and treats by Elana.
You won’t hear me say this often but sometimes I need a good reset. If I fast for up to a day on just water, my body stops wanting crappy carbs and I can sit down to a satisfying meal of veggies and meat and be just fine with that.
7. Have a cheat meal or day
If you subscribe to a 100% approach to anything, it no doubt at some point becomes near impossible. It’s not often worth it to me to skip out on dessert at a friend’s birthday or the like, and so I give myself an allowance of how often I can have something that strays from my principles. 80/20 living, we like to call it.
Good Day and Good Luck!