The new year is upon us, which means you may be getting out your vision boards and resolution lists, vowing to finally make some changes you’ve been wanting to make.
There’s nothing like a new beginning to spur action on goals that you’ve had for a while - and, one of the most common resolutions is a new diet or lifestyle. You may have heard from friends how the Paleo lifestyle has worked for them - more energy, mental clarity, the whole nine years Do you mean yards?. And now, you’re committed to trying it out for yourself! Here’s a five step beginner’s guide to starting the paleo lifestyle, which we believe is going to make a more energized, happier 2019.
Step 1: Make An Adoption Plan Focused on Foods You Want to Eat, Rather than Cutting Out What You Can’t Eat
The best way to ease into the paleo lifestyle is to take it from a focus mindset. Rather than fixating on what you need to cut out and desperately missing that creamy peanut butter on your morning banana, focus on what you can eat - such as Base Culture’s almond butter.
Remember that when it comes to your lifestyle choices, you can have it all - you don’t have to sacrifice cravings and favorite foods in order to choose to nourish yourself with simple, natural ingredients only.
Step 2: Opt for Cooking Rather than Going Out
It’s less likely that you’ll mourn non-paleo foods if you aren’t around them. Opt to cook meals instead of relying on restaurants or outside meal sources as you’re getting a hang of the diet. Having control over what you put into your body is crucial - i.e., knowing how to pronounce every ingredient on a food’s nutritional label. If you’re typically too busy to cook, make it easy on yourself by making Sundays a meal prep day for the week.
Step 3: ‘Paleo’ your Kitchen
Take away temptation everywhere it exists. Take out anything that isn’t paleo in your pantry and fridge and replace it with wholesome, paleo options (for example: replacing your multigrain bread with Base Culture paleo sandwich bread and your secret stash of buttery blueberry muffins with Base Culture banana bread) will make your switch to paleo easier. That way, next time you’re starving and you don’t want to take the time to cook, you won’t cheat.
Step 4: Have Fun with Snacks!
Base Culture specializes in snacks and goodies - make sure to stock your pantry with treats like our Raspberry Cocoa Brownie for dessert, and our sticky granola for a snack. You’ll hardly taste a difference, and you’ll be excited to try new treats. There are an abundance of snacks on our site to make ‘snack fun’ easy!
Step 5: Join a Paleo Community, or try the new lifestyle with a friend
As with any New Year’s resolution, it’s imperative to be held accountable. This is hard when your friends want to meet for Happy Hour after work and you know you’re going to be the only one not munching on nachos. Connect with others in your community who are also committing to a natural lifestyle, or follow a blog like ours to feel connected to the larger paleo community.
Before you know it, you’ll be feeling more energized and full of life. Remember, we’re here to make sure you have it all, and we provide a myriad of diverse product selections to make that easy. Here’s to an amazing 2019.