For 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

4 to 5 avocados; peeled, pitted, and cut in half

1 pound medium shrimp; cooked

½ finely diced red onion

2 finely diced radishes

½ finely diced red pepper

2 finely diced celery stalks

2 hardboiled eggs; diced

5 tbsp. cilantro aioli or Paleo mayo

Juice from 1 lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Paleo shrim stuffed avocado

Method:

1. Chop shrimp in half; keep some for a garnish later if you want.
2. In a bowl combine onion, radishes, peppers, celery, eggs, shrimp, half the lime juice, and cilantro aioli; mix well.
3. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.
4. Drizzle the remaining lime juice over the avocados to keep them from darkening.
5. Spoon shrimp mixture onto avocados.
6. Garnish, and serve immediately. Nutrition Facts per 1 Serving
278 kcal
19.6g fat
35.1g protein
159mg cholesterol
220mg sodium
13g carbohydrates
7.2g fiber

Paleo Dieting

Before beginning anything new in your life you need to prepare; the right way. We discussed preparing for the food aspect of this diet but now we need to talk about the mind and physical preparation. You need to be committed to the Paleo diet and have a definite plan before you begin. First things first, clear your mind and set specific goals for yourself. This is where you need to decide if you can go into this full blown right off the bat or if you need to ease slowly into the new style of eating. Once you have decided how you are going to approach the diet make a plan. Write it down; this tends to give people more commitment to what they are trying to achieve.

Another important aspect you need to consider is talking to your family doctor about what you are planning to do. Anytime you decide to change your eating or exercising habits it is a good idea to speak with your doctor. Make sure that you are in the physical health you need to be in order to take on the endeavors that will be waiting for you.

Make contingency plans for times you will be eating out so that you know how to handle the situation before you walk into it. Make a list if you need to; this way you know what menu items can be ordered if you choose not to use this as a cheat night. Keep in mind that fresh steamed vegetables, fruits, and a good cut of meat are always viable options when dining out. You can also go with a good salad minus the croutons and cheese. Ask for olive oil or lemon juice to add flavor to your salad or perhaps a homemade vinaigrette dressing.

You can also always bring your own paleo salad dressing from home in a plastic container.  Check online to see what kind of foods the restaurant has to offer that will fit into your Paleo plan so you can plan your order ahead of time; this will relieve stress for you while dining. As a side note ordering meatloaf is not a Paleo friendly way to go; it is made of meat but most meatloaf recipes call for breadcrumbs, which contain the grains you are trying to avoid. Just remember that you are keeping it natural and process free.

Dieting alone is not the answer to being healthy; our bodies need exercise as well.  Being stagnant is unhealthy not only for your body but your metabolism as  well.  It  will  be  more  difficult  to  lose  weight  if  your  metabolism  is  not functioning at an optimum level. Exercise makes us feel better and keeps us flexible and full of energy. It’s also a great stress and anxiety reducer. You should always speak with your doctor before starting a physical activity routine. Being in good physical shape is important but don’t push your body more than your doctor says you’re ready for. You can always increase your exercise regime as time goes by and you get healthier and stronger.

And  lastly,  find  your  motivation!  Motivation is  the  most  important  factor  in achieving any goal. Find a good support system from friends and family, as these are the people that are going to give you those special pep talks when you are feeling like you can’t stick with your diet. Think about what you are trying to accomplish every day and remind yourself what the end result will be: a healthier and thinner you! Don’t focus on negatives; if you fall off track shake it off and get right back on. Reward yourself for accomplishments. Set small goals and take things one day at a time; don’t take on too much as that can lead to burn out and frustration.

Unprocessed food. Natural food. It sounds so simple: eat naturally and you’ll immediately feel the effects. The Paleolithic Diet outlines the precise, naturally occurring foods aimed to fulfill your body’s nutritional, protein, and fat needs. Both saturated and unsaturated fat are included in the diet plan, of course, as both occur naturally in the diets of animals all over the world. There’s nothing processed about it; both kinds of fats are meant to exist in your body.

Meat: Beef, Pork, Lamb

Being the carnivorous Homosapien that you are, you should begin your “hunting” at a local grocery store or farmer’s market. Try to shop locally, as often you can trace the existence of the animal you hope to consume. It’s absolutely crucial to understand that the animal you hope to consume is grass-fed—not grain fed. You are eliminating grains from your body for a reason on the Paleolithic Diet; grains are generally harmful and perilous in your digestive tract. They yield a less-than-healthy animal for similar reasons. When looking for these grass-fed animals, search for beef, pork, lamb, veal; pork generally lends quite a fatty piece, which is what you’re absolutely looking for. You won’t have to spear the animal yourself, no. You’re no longer the heathen Homosapien of your ancestors: you’ll use a napkin and a stove and a utensil during consumption. Probably.

Fowl: Chicken, Duck, Turkey

Similarly, fowl is a significant part of your Paleolithic diet. Search for chicken, duck, or turkey; unlike the meat listed above found with beef, pork, lamb, or veal, the fowl contains quite a bit of protein with a reduced amount of saturated fat—you still need it, of course, but everything must be monitored. The fowl is high in tryptophan, a natural anti-depressant, and chicken and turkey increases serotonin in your body. Fowl is also excellent at suppressing homocysteine, which is an amino acid prevalent in individuals with cardiovascular disease.

Fish: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp

When searching for fish, a prevalent item in the Paleo Diet, be sure to opt for the wild variety—something about which our early Homosapien ancestors never had to worry. Wild fish will be void of mercury and fish farming toxins; it’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids—unsaturated fats, and is full of protein. If you’re looking to lose weight more quickly, look to wild fish; they are low in calories and full of good proteins and fats.

Eggs

Proceeding through the market or aisles, be sure to spring for eggs—a sure source of protein and saturated fats. And always include some natural oils in your diet: olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. They decrease hunger and fuel your body excellently; without the carbohydrates your body is used to, it is able to utilize these natural fatty oils.

Fruit: Berries, Apples, Oranges

Fruit is deemed the carbohydrate dessert of the Paleolithic Diet world. It adds fiber and Vitamin C to your diet; it also is full of fructose and calories. It’s best, therefore, to limit this “dessert” option; but sure, when included in proper amounts, fruit is very beneficial for the Paleo Diet. Also, avoid buying out-of- season fruit. Think like your Paleolithic ancestors with only the in-season fruit at their fingertips: these in-season fruits won’t break your bank, and they’ll yield the most scrumptious flavor. Think of the blueberries and blackberries in you summer future.

Nuts: Almonds, Pecans, Cashews

Look to nuts for further snacking; almonds, pecans, cashews. They’re high in good fats and also high in calories; they’re Paleo, natural and best taken in moderation, of course. But, like the Homosapiens before us, who can resist a little salty snack?

Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Eggplant

Unquestionably, the central element of the Paleolithic Diet is vegetables. They come in such a wide variety—you don’t have to deal with whatever’s “on-hand” seasonally, like the primal Homosapiens. Any sort of “meat” you have for a meal should be countered with any remaining vegetables; they are traditionally the premier carbohydrate in the Paleolithic Diet. And you can eat almost as many as you’d like; six servings of broccoli yields about 180 calories while 6 servings of, say, another healthy supplement—almonds, for example—yields about 900 calories. You can literally eat broccoli all day, every day, with your other natural Paleolithic supplements sprinkled in, and never go hungry or gain a pound.

Your daily intake of vegetables yields all the vitamins and minerals you need for adequate disease prevention and survival; our ancestors knew this instinctually, but we have the facts. Vitamin A, found prevalently in carrots and several other vegetables, allow skin and eye health; it also prevents infections. Vitamin C, found in every vegetable, heals open skin and allows gum and teeth health. Fiber, also found in every vegetable, promotes regulation and bowel functions; as mentioned before, the carnivorous human must have a regulated system because of his shorter digestive tract.

Questions for this list of meat, poultry, fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables usually fade after just thirty days of your body adjusting to its new, natural way of finding fuel. You’re whittling your calories to the essential elements; no longer will you have any waste. And because—at your local grocery or farmer’s market—your money is contributing toward these nutrition and vitamin rich food sources that will only benefit you, form strong bones in your body, you are actually fulfilling and maximizing your resources.