Hi everyone, i started paleo about a week ago now and im starting to feel burnt out and bored on the food. I usually eat meals consisting of bacon, eggs, red meat,tuna, mackeral, sardines and chicken. All sorts of salads and vegetables and vegetable juices. I have 1-2 servings of fruit once every day to two days and coconut milk post workout. Ive noticed im bored on the food, sick of preparing it, sick of eating meats and fats and sick of vegetables. I try different meal ideas etc but this diet just feels so bland.
Preparing real food is not always easy. It is a lot easier and less boring to buy that brownie mix. According to many folks, one of the advantages of a paleo diet is the reduced food rewad relative to many modern processed foods, so there should not be a surprise here.
Effort is required. However, you can mix it up with spices and garnishes.
The choice is yours though: eat real food, be healthy or eat processed food and lose your health over time.
Are you motivated to make the lifestyle change required, or is this just a phase for you?
Just my 2cents, but try not think of this being a diet but consider it a life style change. I know it's easier said than done. However, usually when people look at it as a diet they usually get caught up on the food and not making it a part of their regular routine. I'm just sayin'.
First off, it's a diet and a complete lifestyle change and such things just take some motivation and adaptation, and the first couple of weeks are the hardest. You don't really know what you can and cannot eat yet, you don't really know how to prepare delicious paleo dishes yet; it's just a lifestyle change that takes time to become a routine. Give it some time, that's all I can say for now.
May I ask you why you did start with the diet/lifestyle change in the first place? It might help in order to give you some further advice.
Good luck :)
In my opinion, food is meant as gas in the tank, not as pleasure stimulating treats. I mean, I love my occasional indulgences (all you can eat steak BBQ), but I digress.
I think modern times have given us conveniences and access to foods that we've never had, and tastes and additives that over stimulate our senses, such that we have come to expect food to entertain us, instead of simply nourish us. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure Grok had a lot more trouble preparing meals than any of us do, paleo or otherwise.
Decide whether you want to continue to view food as sense-entertainment, or nourishment, and set fourth determinedly to stick to the appropriate plan of action.
The longer you eat real food, the more appealing it gets, and the less over-concerned you will be with variety.
Anyway, my two cents.
Have you tried slow cooking meats and veg with lots of good herbs and spices? I find this and using the resultant broth as a soup and stock to be really tasty. Also, maybe a strict paleo diet is not right for you to begin with - adding dairy back in would give more variety. Cheese, cream, dark choc, full fat greek yogurt etc. Most people find it difficult to be 100% paleo straight away, don't get too despondent! The benefits are truly worth it.
Another idea might be to look at the cuisines of other cultures, and pick the paleo bits like indian and tandoori chicken. Good luck!
Sounds like you need some culinary inspiration! Going Paleo has for me ignited a long-gestated passion for food and cooking. I'm loving learning new ways to cook and combine. I like the following sites for inspiration
I might add that since this I considered this a 'lifestyle change' and not a diet, I did make the investment into Well Fed (Mel Joulwan's paleo cookbook) and plan on getting a few more. While I work long hours and am unable to cook a full on sit down meal every night, I find that I can make a few of these meals a week to break up the old salad routine. It keeps me from getting bored with my food.
Also (sorry Animaleater), but I don't consider food to be gas in the tank. I still love to cook and enjoy eating and I will not allow paleo to get in the way of that. Just because it is limited what we can eat, does not mean it has to be boring, it just means you have to find other ways to add excitement to your food whether through spices, or coconut aminos, or trying a wider variety of veggies and proteins!
Is haggis paleo? Are olives paleo? 1 Answer
Which foods would you forbid? 16 Answers
Food from BJs or Costco type places 7 Answers