Wednesday, January 20, 2016

7 Quick and Easy Paleo Diet Meal Plan Ideas

When starting to eat a paleo/primal diet it can be daunting wondering what you’re going to eat if you give up bread, pasta and bagels.

But it needn’t be difficult and just takes a little planning in advance.   Below is a sample 7 day meal plan to give you an idea of the delicious and healthy foods you could be eating.

Mix and match and modify to your particular requirements. For instance, if you’re very active and don’t need to lose weight you can think about adding some more starch in the form of sweet potato or white potatoes. If you have a lot of weight to lose you might think about cutting back on the fruit. If dairy gives you a problem, substitute something else for a healthy snack.

The only stipulation I do have is you get adequate protein with each meal, especially at breakfast…

Day 1
Scrambled eggs and ham
1/2 to 1 cup fresh or frozen berries

Broiled turkey with homemade mayo
Green salad with dressing
1/2 cup grapes

Pork Tenderloin
Grilled portobello mushroom cap and sliced peppers
1/2 apple or pear

Cheese and handful of almonds

Day 2
Eggs any style, sausage link
1/2 to 1 cup fresh strawberries

Ham salad on a bed of lettuce
Small tangerine

Grilled chicken breast
1 cup broccoli with butter
1/2 cup berries and whipped cream

Couple of squares dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)

Cottage cheese topped with fruit
Protein shake blended with berries

Egg salad with guacamole
Tomato wedges

Grilled steak
Green salad with dressing
1/2 to 1 cup carrots cooked with butter

Greek yogurt and nuts

Day 4:
Scrambled eggs and cheese with bacon or sausage
1/2 grapefruit

Chicken salad on bed of lettuce, vinaigrette dressing
1/2 apple or pear

Roast beef or lamb
Broiled tomato halves (brushed with olive oil)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Carrot sticks and liver paté

Day 5:
Omelette with broccoli, diced tomato, and cheese
1/2 to 1 cup melon

Tuna (or mackerel, sardine) salad in homemade mayo with lettuce, cucumber and tomato
1/2 orange or tangerine

Baked chicken
1 cup broccoli and cauliflower florets
Carrot sautéed in butter

Devilled egg halves

Day 6:
Eggs benedict (without muffin) on bed of steamed spinach
Protein shake blended with coconut milk

Cheeseburger (without bun) but wrapped in lettuce leaves
1 tangerine

Grilled salmon, 1/2 cup zucchini
Fresh spinach salad with vinaigrette dressing
1/2 sliced apple

Handful of macadamia nuts

Day 7
Bacon and eggs any style
1/2 to 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoon cream

Grilled chicken salad
1/2 fresh apple

Beef chilli con carne on bed of lettuce
Green salad with vinaigrette

Smoked salmon and cream cheese

There are many more delicious food and meal ideas to eat paleo.  A quick search on the internet or a browse through Amazon for the growing number of cookbooks will keep you going for many a time to come.

Go for it, it’s the best thing you’ll ever do for your health.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

7 Tips On How To Tell Your Parents You Want To Try The Paleo Diet

If you’ve decided starting a paleo diet plan is for you but you still live at home with your parents, then this article will give you the negotiating tips you need to convince them this isn’t the latest fad but one of the most important decisions you can make for your health and wellbeing…

#1 Research the paleo diet

Know your stuff and learn how to present a good argument in favour of starting a paleo diet.  Most people will get freaked out if you start talking about cavemen and exclaiming (correctly) that saturated fat isn’t evil and wheat is the real enemy.

It’s good to be excited but you need to explain your case in a calm, organized and coherent manner.  This will help your parents feel more at ease because you’ll seem more mature and thoughtful.

There are many articles on this website to help you get started or you can check out Mark Sissons’ Primal Bluprint 101 and/or Robb Wolf’s What Is The Paleo Diet?

#2 Write a list

If the discussion gets heated it’s easy to forget the points you wanted to discuss.  Have a list of the 3 or 4 main points you want to discuss with your parents about why you think the paleo diet is right for you that you can refer back to.

For example, the reasons why you want to eliminate gluten from your diet, the reasons why saturated and monounsaturated fat are preferable to too much polyunsaturated fat, the importance of quality protein sources such as red meat, eggs and fish, the benefits other people have achieved with a paleo diet, etc.

#3 Be prepared for questions

If you’ve done your research and you know your main points this should be easy.  Try and anticipate the likely objections your parents may have and have a well thought out reply ready.

Luckily, I’ve already written an article with some of the most common arguments for and against the paleo diet.

#4 Pick the right time

It’s best to approach your parents at a time when they seem relaxed and happy to have the discussion.  It’s probably not a good time when either parent seems stressed or tired, because they’ll likely be more irritable and less open to hear what you have to say.

If you haven’t completed something they’ve asked you to do, such as tidying your room or homework, this is another easy (and valid) reason for objection.  So get those chores done first.

#5 Give them time to think about it

Don’t be tempted to force the issue and demand your parents give you an answer right away.

Tell them to get back to you in a couple hours or days with any questions or concerns they have.  Give them a copy of your sources (any books or websites you used in your own research) so they can check them out for themselves.

Let them know you want to discuss this as mature, responsible adults and you are willing to work through any potential issues.

#6 Be prepared to compromise

Work out an agreement that makes both you and your parents happy.  Offer to help with the shopping or extra cooking and food preparation in exchange.

Make sure they are getting something out of this as well and not expected to take on extra work because of your choices.  Parents are busy people.

#7 What to do if the answer is no

You can always just ask for reasons why – sometimes they’ll give you a valid point of view and sometimes it won’t make sense.

As long as you do it in a grown-up fashion, most parents will be happy to give you reasons.  Ask them their concerns and try to address them.  This may help change their minds.

If you can find out why they say no, you can find a way to overcome that particular obstacle or reframe it in a way that they’ll agree to.

Congratulations on your decision to start eating a paleo-style diet, it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your health.  If you do your research and approach your parents in a mature manner I’m sure you’ll have no difficulty in convincing them.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

What Is In The Lemonade Diet?

The lemonade diet has gained tremendous popularity in this country since the performer Beyonce reportedly used the lemonade diet to lose weight for her role in the movie Dream Girls. The lemonade diet is basically a rigorous procedure to clean harmful toxins from the body. Advocates of the lemonade diet say that it is not really meant for weight loss but, rather, for detoxification. It’ author, Stanley Burroughs, created the lemonade diet with the express purpose of cleaning the body, they say. Still others conclude that the lemonade diet is a great way to lose weight fast. Weight loss is one claim made by the lemonade diet that seems to hold up. Whether you lose any fat with the lemonade diet is still another point of contention, as most of the reduction seems to come from the loss of liquid in the tissues and retained water.

The lemonade diet is based upon a sort of elixir. The elixir is consumed throughout the course of the procedure instead of the intake of any solid foods. Let’s be specific here, you do not eat while you are on the lemonade diet. The lemonade diet is strictly the intake of liquids for the course you choose. Some people run the lemonade diet on a four to five day course, while others will remain on the lemonade diet for up to a full two weeks.

So, if you don’t eat while you are on the lemonade diet, what do you drink? The lemonade diet calls for a special lemonade concoction. The recipe can vary slightly, depending upon who is providing the information. Mostly, however, it is made up of spring water, organic maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. There is only one other food consumed, which is a laxative tea. The laxative tea may prove necessary because of constipation caused by the lack of fiber in the lemonade diet. Water may be consumed as necessary, to avoid hydration. Also, a saline body wash is recommended because of the dry skin that may result as part of the procedure.

As mentioned earlier, the course of the lemonade diet is up to the participant. Some folks give it a try for just a few days, while others stick with it for up to two weeks. I think staying on the lemonade diet any longer than two weeks might prove severely detrimental to one’s health. detail here!

While on the lemonade diet, it is suggested that you ingest the elixir six times a day. The recommended amount to drink is ten ounces at a time. The proportion of ingredients in the lemonade diet drink should be ten ounces of water, two tablespoons of syrup, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and one tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. The amount of cayenne does not seem essential, as it is suggested that you can add it, to taste. The other amounts should be adhered to as directed. You need to remember that you can ingest as much spring water as is necessary to remain hydrated. You can drink the water in addition to the recipe.