I’ve been following the paleo diet for a while now and I’ll be honest. Some days are easier than others. I’m still tempted to eat foods that I know aren’t healthy but for the most part, I manage to stay on track. I have found that these tips for staying paleo are useful on days that are hectic. This post has been sponsored.
Tips for Staying Paleo
Not everyone in my house follows the paleo diet. My daughter is gluten free and my husband and son follow the standard American diet. This means that there are things in the house that aren’t paleo and often aren’t healthy. If it’s possible in your home, don’t buy non-paleo foods and if you have to, try to buy foods that aren’t your favorites.
Meal planning is a huge help to me. I find that it’s easier to stick to the paleo diet when I plan out meals ahead of time. That way, there is no last minute temptation to go out for fast food or fall back on foods you ate before going paleo.
Cook a few paleo meals in bulk and freeze them. That way, when the rest of the family will be eating something that is not paleo, you’ll have something to heat up quickly. A few of my favorites are chili with no beans and my paleo chicken noodle soup.
Keep healthy lunch options and snacks cut up and available at all times. It can be tough to resist a snack sized bag of potato chips or a pre-wrapped granola bar when you’re running out the door. Instead make sure that you have paleo snacks prepared, cut up and ready to grab. Always choose organic and local when possible. Here are a few of my favorite choices:
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios)
- Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
- Larabars (one of my favorite paleo snack bars)
- Carrot sticks
- Hard boiled eggs
- Celery sticks
- Cherry tomatoes
I keep these snacks in Dixie Quicktakes in the refrigerator. Quicktakes are a food storage container with attached lids so I don’t have to worry about matching the right lid to the right container. I can take them on the go when I’m rushing out the door and the lid is always attached. They are cheap enough to toss away yet can be used over and over again. They’re even dishwasher safe. Of course, they are recyclable and BPA free which is very important to me. They are the ultimate convenience for any busy woman. No more time wasted searching for lost lids.
Once you have your refrigerator stocked with healthy paleo snacks, you’ll find that it’s not as tempting to grab something you shouldn’t. I’ve even found the kids grabbing a Dixie Quicktakes full of fresh fruit on the way out the door because it’s so convenient. They can see what’s in the container as soon as they open the door. Quicktakes are perfect for healthy paleo snacks and lunches on the go. Since I know the kids don’t always remember to bring their snack containers home, Dixie Quicktakes are the best choice.