Is it too late? Is it worth it? Is all hope lost? What do you do to get back on track with your paleo diet?
Sometimes you just get off track! It's happened to me several times. If your going through a period of low motivation with your paleo diet and you've gotten off track, here are some tips to help you get back in a paleo groove.
1. Pinpoint what's going on that got you off track in the first place.
This step is crucial and it doesn't need to take a long time. You need to identify what triggered you to get off track. It's possible that you've experienced change or stress in other parts of your life that triggered you to go to comfort foods. Maybe you're on a new work schedule and not in your normal routine so old convenience foods start to fill the cabinets. Whatever it is pinpoint the issue and take note of it. Realize that you are in control of your circumstances, not the other way around.
2. Take responsibility and ownership of your health.
You are in control! Don't let your mind convince you otherwise. It's easy to start listening to your lizard brain. The one that just wants you give in to pleasurable temptations all the time. When you approach life using your lizard brain everything is about survival and taking anything you can get – it's running on autopilot. Avoid being on autopilot. Be thoughtful with your choices and for better or worse take responsibility for them. If you made some bad dietary choices recently, it's OK. But don't go into denial and blame outside circumstances.
3. Stop trying to be so perfect.
Don't cause yourself a bunch of extra stress by trying to be pefect. Perfecrtion doesn't exist. By trying to be perfect all the time your setting yourself up for failure by stressing yourself out.
When you're getting started with the paleo diet taking it slow and steady is the best way to do it. Make small habit changes one at a time.
The goal is to get to a point where you're in control. The point isn't to see who can be more perfect at the paleo diet. That's ridiculous. You are in control of the food you eat, food is not in control of you. Once you're at a point where you are making great food choices a majority of the time then you're in good shape. If you decide to have food that is “off plan” every now and then that's fine. Don't beat yourself up about it. What matters are your goals and how you feel.
4. Take the long term approach.
The best approach to nutrition is more about mastery than it is figuring out the next “hack.” As a society we've become obsessed with hacks. Life hacks are everywhere. Even some diet hacks are cool. But the overall approach is to take the long term approach to nutrition. There are no shortcuts on the journey to being healthy and fit.
5. Go back to the fundamentals.
Any endeavor in life has a set of fundamentals. When you play a sport there are the basics of the sport that make you proficient enough to play it. The same applies to the paleo diet. If you've gotten off track it might be because you've tried to get too advance before you were ready.
Keep these steps in mind if you've gotten off track with the paleo diet. You can get back on track with paleo and see better results!