What is the Paleo Diet The Paleo diet has actually been around since
the 1970s. However, it has only recently gained popularity
and was actually the top searched for diet in
Google in 2013. This diet is actually designed after people
who lived in the Paleolithic era of Earth’s history.
It’s also called the Caveman diet by some people.
The general idea is that to be your healthiest, you should eat the way our earliest ancestors
did. Before we had agriculture to plant crops and
care for animals, people were hunter-gatherers. They ate meat that they could catch and kill
and they gathered whatever vegetation they could
safely eat. Their diet didn’t consist of any grains, dairy,
or processed foods.
The modern Paleo diet tries to mimic this type
of diet. You’ll be eating organically grown or
raised produce and meat. But you won’t consume dairy, grains, or any
food that’s processed. Processed foods include those that contain
sugar, grains, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.
If you eat the typical Western diet this probably sounds like quite a challenge. Many people
rely on processed foods for the majority of their
calories. Unfortunately, those processed foods cause
a world of problems including weight gain and
disease. There are many benefits to switching to a
new way of eating and you’ll also find that once
you get used to it, this diet is fairly easy to
follow. With the Paleo diet, you’ll be eating foods
like: Vegetables, Fruits (especially those low in
sugar), Fresh and dried herbs, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish and other seafood, Eggs,
Nuts and Seeds or Healthy oils. For all of these you’ll want to choose organic
foods. When it comes to meat and poultry you want to look for free range, grass fed, organic
meats. For seafood, it’s best to stick to wild
caught. The Paleo diet also eliminates foods like
these: Grains (including wheat, oats, corn, rice),
Legumes (beans, peanuts etc.), Dairy, Refined sugar, Salt, Vegetable oils that are refined,
Potatoes, Alcohol or Anything processed These foods are ones that may cause weight
gain and health problems. Cavemen didn’t have access to this type of food! Remember
that soy (or soya) products actually come from
soy beans. These aren’t part of the paleo plan.