Embarking on a paleo diet is an exciting but perhaps daunting mission. The paleo diet takes its inspiration from the eating habits of our ancestors. It includes eating healthy and wholesome food, including fish, meat, seeds, and fruits and vegetables. A paleo diet plan should be low in carbohydrates, avoiding grains, processed foods, sugar and most dairy products. There are significant benefits to following a paleo eating plan. You could lose weight, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and enjoy other health benefits. There aren’t too many rules to follow with a paleo diet, but it can still be a struggle.
One of the things many people find difficult is finding inspiration for their meals. Many of the things they usually eat are high in carbs. It can be hard to think of things to eat that don’t contain pasta, bread, potato and other carbohydrates. It can be a struggle to stick to the diet when you’re feeling uninspired or unmotivated. Fortunately, there are easy plans you can follow to keep you on track. If you prepare a meal plan at the beginning of each week, it’s much more simple to follow your diet. You can buy the things you need and avoid breaking the rules.
Example Paleo Meal Plan
Try our example paleo plan to get started with your new diet. It’s designed to be easy to follow and easily customisable. Use it to create your own paleo plan so you can mix things up, or follow it to the letter to make things simple. Just remember to get a balance of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruit. Include nuts and seeds for snacks and texture, and make use of healthy fats and oils, along with spices and herbs. You don’t need to follow any one plan strictly to achieve your goals.
|Monday||Cabbage and onion fried with bacon||Tuna salad and a piece of fruit||Squash stuffed with ground beef|
|Tuesday||Bacon and eggs, plus a piece of fruit||Lettuce leaf sandwich with lean protein (e.g. chicken) and veg||Shrimp salad with lettuce and spinach|
|Wednesday||Eggs and vegetables||Chicken and vegetable stir fry||Burger with vegetables and salad leaves|
|Thursday||A green smoothie||Hamburger and spinach||Thai red curry with squash|
|Friday||Fresh fruit||Grilled chicken with asparagus||Grilled tuna steak with zucchini spaghetti|
|Saturday||Breakfast burritos with a lean protein (e.g. turkey), spinach and avocado and grain-free egg tortillas||Large salad||Salmon, grilled or fried, with vegetables|
|Sunday||Vegetable frittata with optional bacon||Leftover salmon||Pork chops with sweet potatoes|
Use this example to come up with your own paleo diet meal plan. You can swap meats, vegetables and fish around to ensure you get a mix of things you like.
What A More Comprehensive Meal Plan?
There are plenty of healthy paleo recipes you can try too. Don’t feel like you have to stick to just a piece of meat or fish and a pile of vegetables on a plate. For more inspiration and hundreds of paleo recipes, we recommend checking out the paleo cookbook.