When you first go paleo, you will experience some tough moments as you try to break your old habits and replace them with healthier paleo habits. Using a paleo diet plan can mean the difference between success and failure in this important transition phase.
In this quick guide, we’ve put together a complete week by week paleo diet meal plan that includes breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and even snacks! We’ve included a few quick tips for helping you make the transition!
Tips For a Stress Free Paleo Transition
Here are a few tips to help make the switch. We do admit that it’s not going to be 100% stress free, especially if some of your favorite foods are not allowed in paleo. But you can use these tips to help make it easier and get you through the difficult times before your tastes and habits are successfully changed:
- Get the meal prep done in advance. Some of the meals can be cooked entirely in advance (like the breakfasts and snacks) so that all you have to do is grab it and go. Other meals can’t be cooked in advance but you can still do a lot of the prep (like chopping vegetables) on Sunday so that cooking throughout the week is just a matter of tossing the ingredients together.
- Make meal plans instead of grocery lists. With a meal plan in place, you know exactly which ingredients to buy and how much of each you need. This will dramatically reduce the amount of food (and, thereby, money) that you waste.
- Throw out non-paleo foods. When you keep those tempting unhealthy foods in your home, you are almost guaranteed to end up stuffing yourself and breaking your diet. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it!
- Stay positive. The prospect of never, ever eating a gluten-filled chocolate cake or a bowl of sugary ice cream can seem depressing. So don’t approach this new diet with a “never again” attitude. You can allow yourself to have a non-paleo treat every once in a while on special occasions.
For breakfast, you can make a batch of these scrumptious spicy salmon frittata muffins and a batch of these irresistible bacon, blueberry, and ginger meatballs at the beginning of the weak. Each morning, help yourself to a portion of whichever one you want (or one of each!).
For lunch, whip up a large batch of these amazing paleo chipotle chicken lettuce tacos that are super portable and can be eaten hot or cold. Alternate the tacos with these garlic Cajun shrimp “noodle” bowls.
For dinner, you can try these 7 amazing recipes. If you’re not into cooking dinner every night, half the number of recipes and just make enough to have leftovers for the next night:
The dinner menu for week 2 includes (halve the number of recipes and eat leftovers if you have little time to cook):
For breakfast this week, embrace your sweet side with some banana raspberry muffins and some pumpkin zucchini muffins! And for lunch, give yourself a boost with these paleo burgers and this quick BLT bowl!
Your week 3 delicious paleo dinner menu will feature (halve the number of recipes and eat leftovers if you have little time to cook):
The last round of paleo dinners includes (halve the number of recipes and eat leftovers if you have little time to cook):
For the last week of this plan, you can snack on these surprisingly munch-worthy paleo dorito substitutes (they are also perfect for dipping in salsa or guacamole). And when you’re craving something sweet, try these vanilla pumpkin seed clusters.
Once eating paleo becomes second nature, you won’t need to stick to strict paleo meal plans because you’ll already be in the habit of buying strictly paleo ingredients and know what kind of things you can whip up in a pinch.
However, creating a paleo diet menu at the beginning of each week can help you save time and money at the grocery store since you won’t end up buying a bunch of extra ingredients that you don’t end up eating in time.
So we do still recommend following a paleo meal plan during the week but you should definitely change things up and add in your own favorites to avoid getting bored.