How to Be Smarter About Paleo

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 19, 2014

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Love them or hate them, caveman-style eating plans like Paleo are the fad diets du jour. While there’s nothing wrong with getting back to basics and giving processed foods the heave-ho, diets like these tend to be too restrictive. Followers are often left hungry, frustrated and nutrient-deficient — and they frequently aren’t sure of what else they’re “allowed” to eat.

If you’ve decided this is the right diet for you, at least make sure you’re being smart about it. Here are some meal ideas and recipes to help you along.

Breakfasts
Kicking out dairy and grains can make morning meals a little sparse. Choose one of these four breakfasts to help get the day off on the right foot. Eggs, fruit, almond butter and coconut milk are some key ingredients.

Snacks
Snacks should be well-balanced to keep energy levels high and hunger at bay. Nuts are a top pick for many loyal Paleo-ists, but watch portions or the calories will get out of hand.

Lunches and Dinners
It’s no secret that meat is a major component of the caveman lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you should gorge on bacon. Opt for lean meats and fish and prepare them in flavorful and exciting ways.

Desserts
Some might argue that chocolate isn’t Paleo-friendly but there are some camps that say it’s okay in moderation.

 

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (9)

  1. […] Lunches and Dinners It’s no secret that meat is …read more […]

  2. M Perez says:

    You're right, Paula's remark was taken way out of context and it was unfairly used against her

  3. Those are some great options for paleo, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
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  4. Thanks for sharing, this is really great pack..really left me asking for more, thanks for sharing!!..

  5. Amber says:

    Wish you would have posted a link to the recipe of the picture shown!! Looks delicious!

  6. Kris says:

    Be weary what you recommend for Paleo breakfasts- if people are incorporating the Paleo lifestyle for dietary and weight-loss purposes, encouraging the consumption of bananas with almond butter isn't the most effective in that realm. Sugar is a real tried and true enemy for health and weight loss- Even natural sugars.

  7. Lisa marino says:

    wow! I am never hungry on Paleo and I have never eaten so healthy. The loss of weight and inches have been an added bonus but to say this is a fad i hardly agree. I will say that knowledge is the key here. Educate yourselves with Paleo and the history of where the Paleo diet started.

    • Pam Pinault says:

      I'm so happy to see your comment! I have been eating Paleo since last October and have never felt better! The weight loss I experienced (25 lbs) happened almost immediately and although I have frankly NEVER eaten as much volume as I now do, my weight has remained steady at what I believe to be my naturally healthy weight (110). I eat tons of nuts, veggies, eggs, fish, poultry, meat, and fruit with little to no regard to calorie counting
      . I only study the nutritional value and the natural, organic state of the food I eat. No thanks to the government and their deadly food pyramid!

  8. angel says:

    being on a budget and not being able to go to the store every day or everyother day for fresh veggies, and working long hours, i am very limited on what i can cook…… basically veggies in a steamer bag. im not even able to get meats into my diet. and im am very tired, frustrated, and ready to give up but i am trying to lose weight. any really easy bulk recipes ideas so i can feed my self for the week. and not have to worrie about food going bad before i can cook it. thanks

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