Paleo 101

Have you heard people saying “Well if a Caveman Can Do It” and then hear some mutterings of paleo mixed in? Well this short little guide explains how the Paleolithic aka Paleo diet works. As the paleo diet plan is increasing in popularity you can at least have an idea of what the basics are should you decide to give it a try.

What Is It?

Paleo aka the Caveman diet is simple. It is built on the hunter-gatherer premise which stipulates that anything you could hunt or find naturally back in the day is what you will eat. So, meat, fish, nuts, greens, fruits veggies, and seeds. It is high in fat, moderate in protein and low on carbohydrates. Calorie counting and portion control are discouraged as it is believed you will eat when hungry and stop when full.

Why Do It?

Following this diet plan research has found that it will optimize your health, minimize risk of chronic disease, and aid in weight loss. There have been mentions of increased energy, decreasing of stress, better sleep, stronger bones, better digestions and more.

Why Is It Different From Other Diets?

The paleo diet is said to be sustainable for a long period of time because it does not focus on weight loss. Eating the allowed foods in the diet allows one to lose weight naturally without much effort because of the significant change in diet and as an added benefit one becomes healthier as a whole.

Sample Day of Paleo Meals

Breakfast – 2 Eggs & Bacon
Snack – Tuna Stuffed Avocado
Lunch – Grilled Chicken Strips & Asparagus
Snack – Pecan Pie Butter with Apples
Dinner – Salmon & Cauliflower

What to Eat
• Grass-produced meats
• Fish/seafood
• Fresh fruits
• Fresh Vegetables
• Eggs
• Nuts
• Seeds
• Healthy oils (Olive, walnut, flax-seed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

What NOT to Eat
• Cereal grains
• Legumes (including peanuts)
• Dairy
• Refined sugar
• Potatoes
• Processed foods
• Salt
• Refined vegetable oils
• Candy / Junk / Processed Food

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