When you first start to research the Paleo diet, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the different views on being strict or not, going Paleo cold turkey, or gradually easing into it. Until recently, I recommended that people new to the Paleo diet gradually replace their current food choices with Paleo approved choices. But I’ve changed my mind.
I was wrong, way wrong. That’s giving clients a license to fail. They would dabble only when they wanted, and think, “Hmm, pizza tonight, Paleo tomorrow.” It’s a doomed way of thinking.
Now, I recommend only a cold turkey approach. It’s only a little harder in the beginning, but the results come quicker and are more dramatic. Yes, it sucks to have the sugar cravings for week or two, but once you’re over it, you’re over it.
When I started my Paleo journey I picked a day and went strict Paleo. The results came fast, and I felt energized after only five days into my new Paleo diet. I’m a very determined person, so this approach worked well for me.
On the other hand, if you’re eating only one Paleo meal a day and eating crap the rest of the day, it’s a start. A little one, but it’s still a start. You will NOT see the results you hope for if you choose to eat like this.
If you’re thinking of easing the Paleo diet, or know friends and family who wish to ease into the Paleo diet, you must understand that you will not see the results you wish for. And it’s easier to allow yourself to fail when you only half commit to a lifestyle change. Half committing to try something is easier than fully committing because if you decide you don’t like it, eh, no big deal right? You give yourself an excuse not to succeed.
Do yourself a favor and research the principles that make the foundation of the Paleo diet, pick a day, and commit 100 percent. You’ll be glad you did.If you’re currently on the Paleo diet, how did you start?
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