Years ago I became friends with someone who lives a Paleo lifestyle and I started to read a lot about the negative affects of sugar on the body. For me though, simply reading isn't believing. I chose to make some changes in my diet and then to see how I personally felt doing so. As I started to detox from sugar, I could not believe how horrible I felt. It was as though I was truly detoxing from a drug. If something were good for me, I couldn't imagine being without it would feel THIS bad. Since that time, I quit sugar and have never looked back. When I am eating my cleanest, I have more energy, my skin looks better and I feel lighter inside.
I love all of these sites to find recipes to eat. Over time I've also learned great substitutions that are Paleo-friendly so I know how to take "normal" recipes and to make them more healthy. Until then though, these places are great to start.
- Eating Evolved- the best chocolate you will ever have. I love chocolate and the fact that I can eat this without the chemicals or overly excessive amounts of sugar gives me life. Read their ingredients and you'll see for yourself!
- Siete Foods products- this company makes everything from almond flour wraps to tortilla chips that are made from basically nothing. I LOVE chips with guacamole and salsa so these are an amazing treat! I get mine at Whole Foods but they are available online as well!
- Tessemae's Dressings and Marinades- Just because I'm Paleo doesn't at all mean that I eat bland food. It's not my thing. These dressings and marinades taste AMAZING on chicken, salads and wraps- I even use them in slow cooker meals! They have clean ingredients without sacrificing any flavor.
2. Snacks! - it may sound silly, but this is the single most important step you can take to stay on track. Load up on Paleo approved snacks that you can grab at ANY time. RX Bars, dried fruit (I get mine at Trader Joe's) and muffins get me through. In fact, I considered making one of my tips muffins alone.
MUFFINS: Having batches of mini muffins (I prefer mini) baked and in the fridge is my number one tip to staying on track. These are my favorites! I also substitute chocolate protein powder and cacao nibs (sweetened with beet sugar) to make a double chocolate chip variety. I have also done the vanilla version with pumpkin spice seasoning in the Fall and they are amazing. I have a few kinds I rotate through and they all keep me on track whenever I'm hungry. They usually are made with such simple ingredients I can eat them at any time. Watch for a post on this coming soon!
3. Surround Yourself with Paleo: Make sure your social media and your cookbooks are all Paleo-inspired. By constantly seeing new recipes that are Paleo-friendly- you'll stay excited and motivated to try new things. It will also encourage you because you will feel less deprived when you see the amazing Paleo options that there are.