We are so excited you have decided to try the Paleo Diet! It will change your life in so many ways, and bring you incredible health. Let’s discuss the different approaches you can take to switching your diet, and how to track your progress through the switch.
There are two approaches to switching your diet:
- 30-Day Paleo Challenge: Doing a 30-Day Paleo Challenge is a great way to prove to yourself that you can make a very important diet change, and to give yourself time to see the drastic results that can occur because of that change. This is the approach Robb Wolf recommends in his book, The Paleo Solution.
- Three Level Appraoch: Remember, you do NOT have to go cold turkey if you prefer to take this change in steps. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet discusses three levels of the Paleo Diet. The first level has an 85/15 ratio of paleo meals to free meals. This level gives you approximately three free meals a week. Free meals are not opportunities to fall off the deep end. They provide just enough opportunity to eat non-paleo foods so you won’t be as tempted to going back to your old dietary ways. Level two has a 90/10 ratio, and level three has a 95/5 ratio. You may choose never to move to levels two or three, and that’s fine.
*If you have serious health issues it would be in your best interest to strictly comply with the Paleo Diet.
TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS
One of the most important things to remember when changing your diet is to DOCUMENT your progress!
Below are some very basic ways that you can document your starting point. You will want to re-take all of these measurements and pictures at the end of your challenge.
- Current weight
- Measurements: waist (around the thinnest part of your stomach), and hips (around the largest part of your rear end) in either inches or centimeters will do. If you choose to take more measurements than this, feel free to send them to (for example, ankle, thigh, bust, neck…)
- “Before pictures:” one full body front, one full body side, one full body back, one head/shoulders front, one head/shoulder side (5 total photographs). Obtain clear photos, in as little clothing as possible (for example: shorts for men, bathing suit for women). Take photos in the morning if possible, before eating anything. Send relatively small images for the sake of transfer time.
- Blood work results including as many of the following as possible
- In a typical blood test:
- Total cholesterol
- LDL Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol
- Blood sugar
- Recommended Add-ons
- LDL particle size
- Glycated Hemoglobin
- C-Reactive Protein