5 Mistakes to Avoid on a Paleo Diet
- Overdoing nuts is a mistake commonly made. Nuts are paleo friendly, but they are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are inflammatory fats. Dropping grains does not mean we have to replace them by nuts. A handful of nuts and seeds per day is the portion we should consider eating. If you suffer from a damaged gut or have auto-immune conditions, you might want to remove them completely from your diet and reintroduce them after 30 days. That will tell you if you are sensitive to them.
- You think you need to follow it 100%. Don’t get me wrong, if you can follow it 100%, go for it. What I mean here is don’t let your new diet keep you from going out to the restaurant or see some friends because you’re afraid to break the paleo rules. Cutting yourself from any social form of activity will only lead to failure. You could also be creative and arrange social events that are not food based. Or on the opposite, organize a cooking with friends’ party for which you ask your guests to bring specific foods. For example, they bring tomatoes, you supply herbs, garlic and drinks, and everyone leaves with marinara sauce.
- Not eating enough carbs. It’s easy to go low carb on a grain free diet, but let’s face it, our bodies need carbs. Otherwise, you start feeling frequent dizzy spells. Make sure you eat starchy vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, squashes, parsnips, broccoli, zucchini and yams. Anyone intensively training will also benefit from a strategic carb intake. Carbohydrates metabolise quickly, around 30 minutes. Even white rice is perfectly fine, especially if you have an underactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue or work out frequently.
- This is not a weight loss program. First, paleo is a healthy lifestyle. By removing processed foods, grains and dairy from your diet, you will gain vitality, energy and might lead you to a slimmer you. But do not focus on that goal alone as you will be missing the whole point.
- Eating mostly meat and no vegetables. Let’s be honest, many paleo eaters cannot afford to buy organic meat. Eating conventionally grown meat means taking in more synthetic chemicals. This reality makes it even more important to focus on the vegetable portions we eat every day. Vegetables compliment meat. If you are not a veggie lover, be sure to try a lot of different vegetables and plants before you throw the towel. There are tens of thousands of recipes available, you will surely find a combination of flavors that you like.