Going Paleo: WEEK 1 Meal Plan

paleo diet meal plan

All my friends have gone on a low-carb diet, and I definitely need to as well… it’s been a cold winter and I’ve been sitting indoors, munching on comfort foods, living the life! It’s time to pay the price and make a better choice for my health and weight. Since the Atkins and other low-carb diets are just a bit too extreme for me, and since I want to lose no more than 10 lbs, I decided to finally try out the paleo diet.

What is Paleo?

Paleo, or the Paleolithic Diet, is a diet designed to imitate the daily nutritional intake of our ancestors who lived during the Paleolithic era, when they ate truly clean foods, before the introduction of food processing, agriculture, and refined sugar. The diet is believed to be the healthiest for human beings, because our bodies have been adapted to this type of eating for over 2.5 million years. Our metabolism hasn’t yet adapted to the introduction of new foods and processes, which is why obesity, heart disease and diabetes are so common today.

The diet requires you to eat protein (red meat, poultry, seafood), and a good amount of fiber (as long as it doesn’t come from starchy foods or legumes). You should avoid dairy, grains, legumes (beans and peanuts), processed foods, refined sugar, and trans fats. The foods you exclude are similar, but not limited to, those of a low-card diet.

Paleo promises to help you lose weight (some people have lost 100 lbs!), improve your cardiovascular health, keep you more energized throughout the day, and improve your overall well-being. Paleo is definitely a long-term, safe and healthy diet. Paired with some light excercise it becomes a complete lifestyle change.

Paleo Meal Plan WEEK 1

Paleo is not cheap, because you will be paying a lot for grass-fed meats (optional, but recommended), and a lot of fresh organic produce (again, it doesn’t need to be organic, but that’s recommended) that can get costly. However, paleo is definitely not an expensive diet either, most of these foods you are already buying, and since you will be excluding many items, it might actually be cheaper than your average shopping trip. Paleo does involve a good amount of cooking, since processed foods are, quite literally, off the table. Luckily for me, I get catered lunches twice a week at work, so I will not have to come up with a lunch on those days. I go shopping on Fridays, so my weekly meal plan starts on Saturday:

Saturday:

Breakfast: Zucchini and Sweet Potato Frittata

Lunch: Avocado Tuna Salad with Lettuce

Dinner: Beef Bourguignon

Sunday:

Breakfast: Eggs and Bacon

Lunch: Leftover Beef Bourguinon

Dinner: Paleo Spaghetti

Monday:

Lunch: Leftover Paleo Spaghetti

Dinner: Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Tuesday:

Lunch: catered

Dinner: Balsamic Salmon w/Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach

Wednesday:

Lunch: Avocado Tuna Salad with Lettuce

Dinner: Red Wine Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato

Thursday:

Lunch: catered

Dinner: Tuscan Chicken Skillet 

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