The easiest way for you to stick with a new and different diet is to eat foods that taste good and that keep you filled up. I tried many other diets that were conducive to weight loss but didn’t leave me satisfied or didn’t taste great. On top of that, the food wasn’t varied, and I quickly developed palate fatigue. Palate fatigue is when you get tired of eating the same food over and over again. This often happens to people who stick to a baked chicken breast diet. Palate fatigue is one of the reasons my wife was reluctant to try Whole30.
To her surprise, the number of amazing and delicious Whole30 compliant recipes was massive, and many of them were very quick and easy to make. One of the complaints people tell me is that they’d try a healthy diet, but that the recipes are either too difficult or take too long to make. While this can be true of some recipes, this is not always the case and should not be a barrier to adopting a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, my wife persevered through finding delicious recipes for us to make some really amazing foods for us that allowed us to be wildly successful on our first and subsequent Whole30’s.
One strategy we use to keep our meals fresh and exciting is to find new things to make every week. While we have repeat recipes we enjoy from time to time, Sherry tries to incorporate new recipes once or twice per week depending on what we decide to eat. This introduces us to new foods, and also teaches her new techniques and combinations which allows her to come up with new recipes of her own. More importantly, it keeps us from getting bored with the foods we eat.
When you transition from a Whole30 to Paleo, things can get pretty complicated if you begin making foods that are analogues for non-Paleo foods like breads, muffins, and other foods typically made with grains. This is where Paleo gets a bad rap. Admittedly, Sherry will say that these foods can take up to 5x the time time make. Some of these are worth the effort while others sometimes fall short. The bottom line is that there are plenty of foods that can be made easily and with common ingredients to eat healthy.
Enjoy what you eat. Search out for foods you already enjoy that are easily adapted to Paleo or Whole30. Chances are if you stick with meats, vegetables, and fruits with spices devoid of sugar and artificial sweeteners, you are likely able to easily keep eating foods you already enjoy which will go a long way to aid your success in eating well.