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How To Make An Easy Paleo Diet Work

The Paleo diet is simple and easy as pie. No need to cut out everything from the supermarket or to read endless cookbooks.

I’ve been trying to lose weight since I’ve been old enough to be able to understand “health” concepts. Every opportunity to lose weight comes on a silver platter. When it comes to nutrition that platter is filled with sugar. When it comes to diet, I want to eat everything I want, as long as I get it without guilt. That’s pretty much all I want in life. I’ve lost weight through exercise but have always had this nagging feeling that I have to “do” something to “get down to size.” Well, if a big man like me couldn’t make that feeling go away I sure as hell can’t make it go away for everyone else.

I love eating delicious healthy food and I find it much easier to do it and eat it than it is to watch my calories. I know how crazy some people can get about that so I try my best to be as healthy as possible in all areas of my life, especially my health.

I have a simple diet for about 4 key reasons. First, I know that every meal really has 4 main parts: protein, vegetable, fats and carbs. No one wants to eat that many calories or that many calories just for the calories but if you eat them together you can get a balanced diet. (And remember, your health is the most important part).

My diet can really be summarized as following these 5 steps.

Step 1: Protein – I like to get my protein from grass-fed meat, nuts, seeds and avocados. These all contain all 10 essential amino acids, and my body needs them. Second, I find that most people don’t get enough in their day, so protein is the easiest way to help get the body and brain up to temperature all at the same time.  I do have a meal a day that helps me get all my daily vitamin and mineral needs. That includes meat, eggs and a few fruits here and there. Third, I eat plenty of other vegetables to keep me full. I love lettuce, spinach, artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, beans and cauliflower. I also have a big veggie on every meal to keep my diet healthy.  A few of my favorite vegetables include sweet potato, bell pepper, eggplant, eggplant fries, mushrooms and peppers. I also like to snack on them after dinner, so my body doesn’t have to store as much calories, and allows my body to feel full longer. Fourth, I don’t want to eat sugar. I try to use the least amount possible on all my meals. As a result, I need to buy very little sugar and have a lot of water. I tend to buy small bags of frozen fruit or use pure organic fresh fruit with no added added sugar. Fifth and last comes the fats and carbs. I have some good and healthy fats like chicken (I never would have found it on my own. I do try to purchase it for special occasions), olive oil, flax seeds (for fiber), nuts and seeds (for Omega 3 fatty acids) which I purchase in the form of coconut oil. I have lots of vegetables, fruits and vegetables in the form of avocado, peppers, cauliflower, sweet potato, artichokes and broccoli. I also eat a few sweet potatoes or pumpkin. I avoid all processed sugar and have a low-sugar diet. And I also have a big glass of water on most occasions.

All of the ingredients are listed above in the recipe list. I am only about 70% in the amount of fruit I am eating and still feel full, so there is no need to worry about me getting sugar in my diet.

Step 2: Vegetable: There is usually some kind of vegetable in every meal so that the body has them to keep up the essential fats.