Healthy living has quickly become top priority in the last decade or so. With this has come quite a few diets that promise a better value of living and an easier time getting older. One of these diets is the extremely popular paleo diet which consists only of lean meat, fish, fruits, veggies and nuts.
However, with all the benefits of the paleo meal plan there comes many challenges that someone new to the diet struggles with in the beginning. One of the more shocking challenges is dealing with friends, family, coworkers, etc. that aren’t as supportive as one would hope. Instead of encouraging the healthy eating style, they point out the limitations and how it is only a fad that doesn’t actually do anything.
Whenever starting something new, it’s always better to have the support of loved ones and those closest, but when it feels like there is no support the motivation to continue drops drastically. Which is why it’s better to associate with people who share similar goals or interests.
Another popular challenge is the struggle to find something to eat that fits the criteria while being at a restaurant or traveling to another place. As appealing as it would be to try the exciting new dessert or the Chef special of the night. It can be discouraging when trying to eat out with such a strict diet and sometimes restaurants do have alternative menus that accommodate to such needs.
It can get tiring to have the same salad every time. Which is why it helps to research restaurants ahead of time to see if there’s any that specialize in the paleo diet or have special meals that accommodate. There are a ton of restaurants now that all they’ll serve is paleo based meals/desserts.
A common criticism of the paleo diet, is how much it could impact the wallet. All natural foods or alternative healthier snacks always tend to be a bit more expensive then the store brand options that aren’t as healthy. The grocery bill may become a lot higher than someone new to the diet is used to.
This is when someone new to the diet needs to become more creative. Looking up recipes online specific to a cheaper budget is a great way to work around this challenge. There are also healthier options now in lower
brand name grocery stores.
The craving for sugar and carbohydrates is one the harder challenges since it is something that doesn’t go away right away. A few days in it might feel okay but then all of a sudden the cravings will begin and become too overwhelming. It’s the cravings that end up causing someone to ultimately give up the diet and return to previous eating habits.
Whenever anything is quit cold turkey, such as alcohol or cigarettes, the cravings are what brings someone right back to the habit. The only way to overcome them is to keep pushing and not giving in. Instead feed the craving with healthier options and more productive options.
Like anything new, the eating paleo comes with challenges, but every challenge has its own creative solution to help someone overcome it successfully.