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My Modified Paleo Diet

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Paleo Recipes

I am starting the new year by losing the weight I gained last year. All of the food festivals, travel, and holidays in the second half of the year resulted in a 10+ pound weight gain. Two years ago I had great success with the paleo diet, and it has become my go-to method for managing my diet if I am trying to lose weight.

The Paleo Diet is very strict. No sugar, no carbs, no dairy, no legumes, and no alcohol. It’s tough, but effective. If you try it, I strongly recommend easing your way in. If you suddenly cut out sugar and carbs you will likely get headaches. For the first couple of days I will eat some crackers and a little sugar.

Salad with Chicken and Sweet Potato

This year I made some modifications to the paleo diet so that I could stay on it longer. My goal is to incorporate healthier Paleo-ish meals into my diet year-round. Here are my rules:

No sugar
No carbs
1 ounce of cheese per day is allowed, otherwise no dairy
Legumes are ok
No alcohol, but 2 glasses of wine per week is ok
Drink lots of water
Eat 3 meals a day, and 1 snack


I eat 1 or 2 scrambled eggs for breakfast
I might make pancakes on weekends

Apple with peanut butter
Hummus with celery and carrots
Guacamole with celery and carrots
Avocado Pine Nut Puree with Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet and Salty Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Lunch & Dinner:
Quinoa Bowls
Salad Bowls
Spaghetti Squash

Herb Roasted Tomato Soup

There are some Chicago restaurants with paleo friendly menus. I recommend Protein Bar, Snap Kitchen, and Kitchfix.

Some of my favorite paleo (and modified paleo) recipes are pictured throughout this post: Avocado Pine Nut Puree with Sweet Potato Chips, Southwest Shaved Brussels Sprout SaladHerb Roasted Tomato SoupPaleo Pancakes, Sweet and Salty Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, Balsamic Chicken  and Sweet Potato Salad. You can find even more Paleo recipes on my Yummly Board.

Just a reminder, I am not a nutritionist and I completely made this modified paleo diet up. I am pairing this diet with 5-7 workouts per week. I signed up for Class Pass and am doing a mix of spinning, yoga, barre, and trx workouts.

Jenny Grayson

Friday 22nd of January 2016

Paleo is definitely my favourite diet ever. I feel so much better and healthier. Losing weight was just an added bonus, but the true benefits were great for my health in general. And the meals don't suck, like in most diets. I'm using the paleo grub cookbook, you can check it out, google lookingupstuff/weightloss/paleogrubs

Katie @ Live Half Full

Friday 22nd of January 2016

It's awesome to see what works for you! I worked with a trainer a few years ago and figured out what works for me and I always go back to it. Now I'm working on losing the 20 pounds of baby weight I'm holding onto. It's going to be a slow train!

Erin's Inside Job

Thursday 21st of January 2016

Love this! I always make modifications based on ME and how I know my body works. Being too strict w eating plans usually ends in disaster. I'm glad you got Classpass...come take my class at Sweat Chicago! Also, if you're in the market for a personal trainer, I'm your gal :)

Great job taking control of your health!

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