The Paleo Checklist: Making a “Diet” into a Lifestyle Change

Changing the way we eat creates energy gain and weight loss, which are both great accomplishments. And, while it feels great to start seeing changes in the mirror you may still feel the stresses of everyday life, because no one can change that right? Well, that is where we say – wrong! Eating whole foods is a very important part to being healthy! But, Paleo teaches us to be whole beyond the kitchen. In order for you to assess your Paleo lifestyle we have created a Paleo checklist. Plus, who doesn’t love a great checklist?

Laugh. A Paleo lifestyle means more than just what you eat. In order to live a Paleo lifestyle you need to let go of the things you cannot control, and prepare for the things you can control. Stress hormones are very detrimental to our health, so when you can laugh – laugh loud! And if you have the ability to eliminate a stressor in your life, than we encourage you to do so!

Balance. “Here have a cookie, no have ten, it’s Paleo!!” Does this phrase sound familiar? Balance is important in and out of the kitchen. In this case, just because something is considered Paleo does not mean it should be consumed in copious amounts. A copious amount of anything is bad, including almond flour cookies. If it is a “Paleo” dessert, treat (pun intended) it as you would any treat – just have one!

Drink. No, not alcohol (ok well maybe sometimes, but see above about being balanced). Drink water.. and tea.. and broth. While we do encourage drinking a good amount of water, we also encourage you to drink water in other forms. By adding homemade bone broth and tea to your regimen you are able consume water, and nutrients. Check out the recipe below for an easy broth.

Exercise. Run, lift, swim, bike, crossfit, stretch. Don’t stop there.. Go hiking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing and play – play frisbee, basketball, soccer, and football. The list goes on! No matter what your lifestyle may be, find an activity that gets your blood pumping and your endorphins kicking. Enjoy the ability to utilize the body you have!

If you get anything out of this post this is what we hope: Fuel your body and don’t sweat the small stuff – enjoy life with whole foods, hard work and having fun!

Now here is that broth recipe I promised!

If you do not have chicken bones you will need to make a whole chicken, which is super easy!

Whole Chicken:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside and out with onion powder.
  3. Stuff chicken with lemon slices and fresh herbs of your choice. (Basil, Thyme, and Rosemary are my fav).
  4. Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F.

 

Now the Broth:

  1. Remove all the meat from the chicken and store for later.
  2. Put the remaining body (bones, fat and stuffed herbs/lemon) in a large pot of water.
  3. Add salt, pepper and dried herbs – the amount will vary on your pot size. You can taste test so it isn’t too salty or bland.
  4. Bring to boil for 10 minutes, then let simmer on medium for 2 hours. Cool, remove bones/fat/herbs/lemon and jar!

 

Blog post by: Jessica Brearley