2nd week: Start the paleo diet(!) by eliminating all bread, grains, and cereal-grains from your diet, and start to minimize your intake of processed sugar. Replace all those breads, grains, and cereal-grains with vegetables and fruit. This is one of the hardest weeks, because if you do not have a meal plan ready to go, you will find yourself unable to eat the majority of foods you used to eat.
What is classified as bread, grains, and cereal-grains? Here is a list from “The Paleo Diet” by Dr. Loren Cordain.
–Barley (barley soup, barley bread, and all processed foods made with barley)
–Corn (corn on the cob, corn tortillas, corn chips, corn starch, corn syrups)
–Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and all processed foods made with oats)
–Rice (brown rice, white rice, ramen, rice noodles, basmati rice, rice cakes, rice flour, and all processed foods made with rice)
–Rye (rye bread, rye crackers, and all processed foods made with rye)
–Wheat (bread, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, cake, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread, and all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour)
“But that’s literally everything there is to eat??!?!?” HA… not true. It’s everything you’ve been eating. What this short list basically does is take nearly every aisle in the grocery store and make it unavailable to you, leaving the outside edge of the store, which is where all the lean meat, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds are. Too easy!
Remember folks, it is very important to read up and educate yourself on the diet before you attempt it. You wouldn’t go surfing if you didn’t know how to swim, would you? In order to maximize your benefit (or even get any..) from this diet you must know and understand what you are doing.
Good luck, enjoy the next three weeks!