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. Perhaps if you’ve already given the paleo diet a shot and it didn’t seem like it was for you, having a look at other plans and diet food for your health and fitness could be the next step in becoming a healthier and improved version of yourself for the future!

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, though it does encourage you to get high-quality proteins and fats if you can.

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. Many people also find shopping easier for the paleo diet as they can buy seafood online or do bulk orders of high-quality meats and nuts, rather than having to shop for lots of different things every grocery trip.

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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