One of the hardest things I found when I first tried to eat Paleo (about 2 years ago) was how to plan meals like breakfast and lunch. And how to substitute for the non-paleo staples that are commonly eaten in those meals.
What do you serve instead of breakfast cereal or toast. What about bread for the sandwiches in the packed lunches? What about the crackers, the cereal bars, the treats?
I think this was primarily the reason I failed at that point and went back to eating the way I had been before (a clean-eating version of the SAD).
But this time, when I started eating Paleo, back in January 2013, I decided that I was not going to bother with trying to replace those foods.
I just ate meat, eggs, fish, lots and lots of veggies and I avoided the grains and starchy components that I was cooking for the family at the time.
For the most part, I eat eggs for breakfast, or leftovers (today’s breakfast was some of the delicious cauliflower and spinach soup that I made for lunch yesterday). For lunch I mostly have soup or a salad with fish canned in either water or olive oil But sometimes I will have leftovers instead. And dinner… well that is the easy part.
I found that you really have to start thinking outside of the box when it comes to food – if you try to substitute paleo versions of all the pancakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, even bread you are pretty much doomed to fail.
Sure eat those things once in a while as a treat. That is what they are supposed to be – a treat. They are not supposed to be everyday fare.
You have to come up with other ideas as to what will make a good meal. Go on – unhinge your mind a little. Who says you can’t have a piece of wild-caught salmon on a bed of sauteed kale for breakfast?