Millions of people around the world undoubtedly made a promise to themselves as 2013 dawned that this year would be different. They researched the newest fad diets, stocked up on all the latest diet pills and vitamins, and joined a gym, all in hopes of achieving drastic weight loss in a matter of days. The problem with this kind of thinking (and living) is that it’s temporary. If you really want to change, you have to make a change in your lifestyle.
According to Melissa Joulwan and Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, Living Paleo is the answer. “Giving up some of your favorite foods and old routines can be challenging,” says Kellyann, coauthor along with Melissa of Living Paleo For Dummies. “People have an emotional attachment to food that runs even deeper than their nutritional needs, and they like to follow familiar patterns.”
“To stock your kitchen the right way, you want a variety of protein sources, fruits and vegetables that you can eat raw or cooked, and an array of high-quality fats for cooking and eating,” says Melissa. “With these staples on hand, you can make meals and snacks that leave you feeling energized and satisfied, emotionally and physically.”
Here are ten tips for stocking your kitchen to go Paleo:
• Cage-Free, Organic Eggs. Eggs are a terrific source of fast protein. Keep a dozen hard-boiled in the refrigerator for egg salad or deviled eggs.
• Organic, Grass-Fed Ground Beef. Browned and seasoned with garlic and spices, ground beef is like a blank canvas that you can turn into just about any ethnic-inspired meal.
• Sardines Packed in Olive Oil. With a pleasing amount of oil and a not-too-fishy taste, sardines are a power food, and the leftover oil from the can is perfect for dipping raw veggies.
• Cauliflower. Add a big crunch when adding raw chopped cauliflower to salads or roast it in the oven with a sprinkle of sea salt and crushed garlic.
• Collard Greens. Easier to clean and cook than kale, they’re packed with similar nutrients. Collard greens tenderize during steaming without becoming too mushy.
• Frozen, Unsweetened Berries. Low in fructose and high in antioxidants, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are loaded with nutrition and flavor.
• Sweet Potatoes. Roasted whole, cut into dice and sautéed, or mashed with a little cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet potatoes are packed with sweet flavor and nutrition.
• Full-Fat Coconut Milk. Equally at home in sweet and savory dishes, coconut milk is an excellent replacement for heavy cream or yogurt in curries and creamy sauces.
• Organic, Unsweetened Coconut Flakes. Eaten on their own as a snack or sprinkled into and on top of dishes, coconut flakes add flavor and texture.
• Unrefined Coconut Oil. For cooking, organic unrefined coconut oil is a great choice. It lends a somewhat buttery flavor to dishes and can be used at medium to medium-high temperatures without oxidizing (which means it remains good for you, even if you turn up the heat).
“We can promise that living Paleo will make your life better mentally, emotionally, and physically,” Melissa says.
“You begin to be more than just present in life; you begin to start really living life,” Kellyann adds. “For some, it’s the first time in a very long time.”
Melissa Joulwan is the coauthor of Living Paleo For Dummies® and author of the Paleo recipe and lifestyle blog www.theclothesmakethegirl.com. Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, coauthor of Living Paleo For Dummies®, is a go-to expert in the nutritional field and helps patients build the strongest, healthiest bodies possible through her family-based workshops and consulting practice (www.drkellyann.com).
Living Paleo For Dummies® (Wiley, December 2012, $19.99) is available at bookstores nationwide, major online booksellers, or directly from the publisher by calling 877-762-2974.