People ask me all the time if I made the switch to Paleo over a period of time or all at once. I made the switch all at one time. While this worked for me, it may not work for everyone.
I’d recommend quitting the sugar cold turkey if you think you can put up with the intense withdrawal that comes with it. From my experience, cutting out sugar and starches left me with major body fatigue and headaches. Regardless of how much food and Advil I ingested, this didn’t go away for a couple weeks.
The advantage of the cold turkey approach is getting your results faster. Even though I felt lethargic and near death for a while, the diet did its job. I was eating more calories on the whole, but losing body fat very quickly.
If this doesn’t sound like the approach for you, I would approach a transition period. Here are a few tips you can use:
- Immediately replace one meal a day with a Paleo meal. This will get you used to the diet without extended carb withdrawal.
- Stop buying non-Paleo foods. You don’t have to stop eating sugars and starches at home, but stop the influx. By default, this will make your home meals more and more Paleo.
- Start replacing more snacks and meals with Paleo snacks and meals. I’d recommend making this a weekly step. Mark it on your calendar!
- Stay disciplined! Don’t make excuses!
Regardless of which approach you choose, the switch to Paleo definitely requires self control and a good amount of Will Power.
This past weekend I visited a friend of mine in Fort Collins, Colorado. We decided to tackle one of the so called “14ers” in the Rocky Mountains. Being the go-getter that I am, I said we should climb the tallest one, Mount Elbert. Also, being from the flat, sea level terrain of Southeast Texas, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
From the trail head, we hiked 4.5 miles to the top of the mountain, gaining 4,700’ in elevation. The air was thin, the trail was steep, and the cherry on top was the 0 degree windchill (also not something I’m used to). It was brutal.
Now, just because I’m climbing a mountain doesn’t mean I’m going to start pounding Snicker’s bars and Gatorade.
I brought Lara bars, fruit leather, and some roasted, unsalted, mixed nuts (no peanuts, of course!). This primal fuel did the trick.
The view from the top and sense of accomplishment was well worth the pain and suffering it took to get there. Not everybody can say they’ve climbed the tallest mountain in Colorado.
Let this be proof that it is not necessary to carb-up with a gigantic plate of pasta before a long day of physical exertion.
I’m not necessarily the most culinarily explorative or gifted in the kitchen, but I do attempt new things from time to time. Many times my limited skills lead to inedible creations.
Not this time! I found a David-proof recipe for a bacon avocado salad. Check it out!
Rockin Salad! Thanks Clean-Eatz!
I have made this a couple times now and it’s been quite a hit. The recipe is quite forgiving. Tweak it however you please. I tend to put more bacon than the recipe calls for because that’s the best part of the salad.
I recommend to all you guys and gals to use this recipe for a Paleo date night in. It’s super easy, and after your date tries it, they will be too!
My first attempt to switch to the Paleo diet was a catastrophic failure. I made it a little over two weeks before I was dying from the inside and just couldn’t take it any more.
Here’s the play by play:
I made the switch from fast food to Paleo overnight. I woke up the morning of day 1 and had bacon and eggs for breakfast. Solid breakfast. Very filling. About an hour later the carb cravings started. My stomach felt full but I was still looking for a cinnamon bun to shove down my gullet. After fighting back the carb monster all morning it was time for lunch. Hmmm… what to cook? Well I didn’t want to spend too much time on it so I had eggs again. Needless to say, the Law of Diminishing Returns started to take effect. Not nearly as satisfying. This process was pretty much the same for the two weeks I was able to stick with it.
Resist the temptation!
Not having quick Paleo options available was a crippling factor in my failure. So my first tip to anyone looking to make the switch to the Paleo diet is this:
Plan ahead! Cook extra portions and save them for later. You will not always have time to cook something tasty every time you get hungry.
I made this adjustment for my second attempt (going on almost a year now!) and it has made a huge difference. Yes, my fridge looks like a Tupperware farm, but it’s nice to have options.
About a year ago I made a major lifestyle change. I switched my typical American diet for that of a caveman. Beyond that, I started CrossFit as my training program. My results have been amazing!
I certainly reminisce about that delicious double bacon cheeseburger, large fries, and liter of cola.
Does that look like spit to you?
I even dream of the days that I’ve spent covering only the distance between the couch and bathroom.
Nevertheless, I have resisted these temptations of food and sloth. It’s certainly been difficult at times, but I’ve worked through it in various ways (which will be topics of upcoming posts).
Why Meat Sleep Repeat? Meat sleep repeat is just a snapshot of how I operate.
Meat – I prescribe to the Paleo diet. For me, that’s mostly meat. Toss in some veggies and call it a meal!
Sleep – Yes, we all sleep, but it’s about taking care of your body. It’s more than just training hard. The recovery is just as important.
Repeat – Self explanatory.
I’m excited to share my experiences (among other things!). So stay tuned!