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If I had a penny for every time I heard : “I tried the Paleo Diet, but it wasn’t for me.” This is the classic example of it’s not you, it’s me. The poor Paleo Diet gets a bad rap, often for user error. Following the Paleo Diet isn’t just about eliminating foods, it’s about learning how to eat well-balanced and nutrient-dense foods. If you have been eating the Standard American Diet your entire life and go cold turkey, there’s a lot of adjustments your body needs to make to begin to run efficiently.
In a nutshell here are a few things that happen when you transition to a Paleo Diet:
1) Learning to burn fat, and even ketones, for energy over glucose.
2) Balancing blood sugar to eliminate large peaks and drops over the course of the day.
3) Determining what is the correct macronutrient (fat, carb, protein) combination for your body and activity levels.
4) If you don’t feel well when adapting the Paleo Diet, chances are there is something in your diet or lifestyle you can tweak, such as eating more overall food or even more carbohydrates.
Read more about how to best transition to the Paleo Diet in my latest article for The Paleo Diet.