A Paleo Day On A Plate
The Easy Facts
If you're curious about giving this fantastic way of life a go, you may want to read some of my recent articles about topics like The Difference Between Paleo and Keto and What Is Inflammation. The reason I suggest these articles is because it is good to know not just the how, but the why. If you know why you make certain health decisions, you are way more likely to stick to the new way of life. Simply click any of these links or check out the full list of helpful resources at the news page.
To get us started though, the reason Paleo works for releasing weight, increasing energy, improving your mood is because you strip things back the delicious basics. Real food, in its simplest state, prepared to be quick, easy and delicious. All whilst removing processed and refined foods from your diet, reducing cravings, quitting sugar and balancing your hormones. And this is just a few of the awesome things that happen when going Paleo.
When you eat real food, you are no longer a slave to cravings, can manage your blood sugar levels, and can mindfully eat when you're hungry, and have the intuition to stop when you're full. Leading to a healthier, happier, leaner and longer life.
When I use the term Smart Carbs, I mean being smarter about where you get them from. You can easily follow a Low Carb Paleo Approach, but if you decide to celebrate a moderate carb intake, just make sure you're finding them in smart food choices. Think below ground seasonal vegetables and fresh seasonal fruit. That is instead of getting them from highly refined, processed or high GI foods such as commercial breads, sweets and sugary foods.
Here is a sample day of meals with recipes, and the reasons why I love celebrating them as part of a Paleo approach!
Breakfast | Mixed Berry Hotcakes
When following a Paleo approach, you will want to be sourcing your carbs from real food sources. That means swapping out regular breakfast fare such as cereals and breads for whole food in its real form, which is why I love this Mixed Berry Pancake Stack.
Packed with good healthy fats, well sourced protein and natural real food carbs. The use of whole fruit means there is no need for sweeteners of any kind, plus the combination of the fibre in the fruit, along with the protein in the eggs and fat in the coconut oil, means the fruits overall GI load is reduced. Meaning the sugars in this dish are broken down into your system slower than normal, giving you a level supply of energy.
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Lunch | Gorgeous Green Chicken Cakes
This recipe have become a massive crowd favorite which is why I wanted to include them on this sample paleo day on a plate. They're a great example of a recipe that can be done in bulk ready to have on hand as a delicious hot dinner, or enjoyed cold on the go as part of leftovers in a vibrant salad.
On the lower carb side of things, this recipe is a great way to get your dose of daily greens, not to mention perfect when paired with roasted vegetables or chopped up in a salad of easy fresh ingredients. The key to being healthy is to be prepared, so learning to cook in bulk is a great skill to have and something I encourage here at my Luke Hines 10 Week Program. Interestingly this dish falls into both the Low Carb Keto Meal Plans and The Paleo Meal Plans on the program proving them to be more versatile than ever.
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Dinner | Coconut Crumbed Fish and Guac
When going Paleo it is important to have healthier versions of all the foods you know and love. Therefore when reducing processed and refined foods from our lifestyle, we are usually taking out refined white flours and breadcrumbs. So instead of going without delicious crispy foods, I wanted to share my go-to paleo crumb that works a treat with this fish, but also chicken and vegetables (used this batter with Cauliflower the other day and it was to die for!).
The biggest reason for sharing this recipe is to prove that looking after yourself with real food should never be boring. In fact it should be exciting and always delicious. Celebrate the things you love, the flavors you know, and the types of dishes you enjoy, but with real food ingredients. A few simple Paleo substitutions and you will never think you're eating different to before, oh hang on, maybe you will think it is even more delicious.
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