May be you’ve just started your Paleo or Primal journey. May be you’ve been doing this for a while and have run out of ideas on how to continue. Here are 10 things you can do right now (or any time) to aid you on your path.
- Don’t drink your calories – Admittedly, this one belongs to Tim Ferriss and his great book The 4 Hour Body. It’s not strictly a Paleo book but it certainly is good reading. Tim says the easiest thing you can do is not drink your calories by consuming sugary sodas or juices.
- Turn off the TV – This one is also known as get off your butt. If you spend eight hours planted in a chair at work you don’t need to spend five more on the couch watching TV. Get up. Get active.
- Stay out of the middle aisles of the supermarket – I’ve harped on this one a couple of times before. The middle aisles of the supermarket are where the processed foods live. Here be monsters!
- Walk everywhere you can – That’s pretty self-explanatory. Park the car and walk as much as possible.
- Enjoy your family – If you have a family, enjoy as much time as possible with them. Not only will it uplift you mentally, but the physical exercise will do you good as well. Single? Find a group that will help you do the same. Ultimate Frisbee anyone?
- Don’t be afraid to go outside – That bright, yellow disc in the sky? It’s called the Sun. It helps your body synthesize Vitamin D. Make it so.
- Start a routine – You’ve gotten in the habit of eating three doughnuts for breakfast and sitting on your butt all day. Get in the habit of eating a wholesome, protein-filled breakfast and walking to work. And then do it everyday.
- Don’t do this for anyone but you – If you’re doing this to please someone else the motivation will wax and wane. Do this for you. Right now.
- Make it as fun as possible – If you approach this like a work, it will seem like work and who wants another job? Make it fun. Involve your friends and family if possible. Approach it like a fun opportunity rather than a drudgerous task.
- Eat the good stuff until you’re full – There’s a difference between eating your fill of fast food and eating your fill of good, whole foods you prepared yourself. If that fact doesn’t seem self-evident to you we may have to talk more. Eat your protein and vegetables and fruit and you won’t feel like having that Mars bar at 2:30.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Do you have any additional tips or ideas? We’d all be interested in hearing them. Please share them in the comments section.