Getting Started with Paleo

A former armed forces member, Lisa Post has spent the past two decades serving as the president and owner of the Edward J. Post Company, Inc., in Medford, New Jersey. Dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Lisa Post follows the paleo diet and regularly cooks at home.

Paleo cuts out such things as processed food, sugar, dairy, and grains in favor of more nutrient-dense foods like meats, fruits, and vegetables. When starting on this new diet, it can be a major help to clean out the kitchen right away. Take a look at non-paleo foods and remove them so that the temptation is no longer present. For people who prefer to ease themselves into the transition, these foods can be removed from the kitchen over time. Additionally, cooking at home ensures individuals fall in line with paleo. Although paleo is recognized at some places, it can be extremely difficult figuring out whether a meal is truly paleo or not.

At the beginning, many individuals fare better when taking the 85/15 approach. This approach means that 85 percent of a person’s food follows paleo while 15 percent does not. Taking this approach makes the transition easier and still allows for some meals out. New paleo proponents must get used to having protein and vegetables in every meal and thinking about fats and carbohydrates. While the 85/15 approach can make this easier, setbacks are to be expected. Rather than feeling bad about these setbacks, individuals should accept them and recognize that changing a diet is a learning process.

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