I am by no means a Paleo expert, and I definitely have a long way to go, but the following habits have contributed to major improvements in my health:
1. Roast or sauté a big batch of veggies once or twice a week. Add chopped jalapeño or bacon to the mix to add some flavor and depth. Use these to top salads and egg scrambles or to add to whatever protein you fancy.
2. Have frozen fruit and a bag of baby spinach or kale on hand to throw into your smoothies - and put more than you think you should in there, because you really won’t be able to taste it once you put the fruit and juice/coconut milk/water in. Getting my veggies in either in a egg/meat/veggie bowl or smoothie in the morning is a great way to set a healthy tone for my day and to make sure I get enough greens in me. I used to eat a bagel or Luna bar basically every day for breakfast. I cannot stress enough how much better I feel throughout the day when I eat a paleo breakfast.
3. I don’t eat meat with my breakfasts every day, but it helps to have ground breakfast sausage in the freezer and some bacon on hand. Cook them ahead of time when you roast your veggies and you can have a balanced meal with meat, eggs, and veggies at any time throughout your week.
4. Paleo got a lot easier for me when I stopped trying to “paleo-fy” my old eating habits. I remember reading this tip in blogs and cookbooks and being annoyed, because while I don’t think that paleo-fying is wrong, I do recognize that for me, the more veggies and fruits and meat that I eat, the more I crave them. When I first shifted to a paleo diet, I was eating wayyy too many nuts and nut flours and not enough fruits and vegetables - for example, making “paleo cereal” for breakfast - these kinds of things are fun for a treat or to change things up a few times a month, and I definitely have enjoyed trying out paleo baking, but it really is best to limit paleo-fied treats. I actually would rather just follow an 80/20 balance and really splurge on some non-paleo icecream or something when I want a treat instead of a daily paleo dessert.
5. Keep Lara bars on hand for emergencies, or make your own.
6. Learn to enjoy your beverages. I am full for a lot longer now from my 3 daily meals, but snacking (especially late night) is such a hard habit to kick for me. It is so comforting to take a snack break during a hectic day. I try to enjoy a coffee, tea, coconut water or water with lemon before reaching for a snack.
7. Use bloglovin.com to add a feed of paleo blogs for inspiration, or follow these guys below in instagram, and start a paleo pinboard! It really helps me to stay motivated when I scroll through my Instagram feed and see other people’s efforts. Here are the top paleo/primal blogs I enjoy:
8. Crock pots are your friend. Making our own chicken stock has been a wonderful addition to our culinary repertoire. I never knew how much healthier and more delicious the stuff is homemade!
I have never been more turned off by a male’s choice in footwear.
If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra. If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.
The black and white clothing and the beautiful red hair…they make a stunning mother/daughter pair! Julianne Moore is so talented, too.
isn’t it the best when somebody picks you up and they have a snack for you?
I have this shirt in a pretty blue color and love it. It is my first thumbhole top and I am a convert. SO COZY AND WARM! Fit is supposed to be a bit slouchier, I found the Large too big at first but after a spin through the dryer it shrunk up nicely. Gap, $29.95