The Paleolithic diet, named for the historical period which inspired the diet, and is commonly known as Paleo, is believed to be the world’s healthiest diet, it’s note crazy fad that will harm your body, you are still eating nutrient rich and satisfying meals. Some of the foods to avoid include grains, dairy, starches, refined sugar, salt, anything processed and refined oils. While being told what not to eat on the Paleo diet is important, what is more important (and the most fun) is to be told what TO eat.
So, what foods are recommended on Paleo?
- Lean Meat: Yes, that’s right meat and poultry is recommended and encouraged on the Paleo diet. Lean proteins are great at making you feel satisfied between meals and also ensure strong muscles and healthy bones. But it is highly important to ensure you are only eating GRASS FED lean meat, not grain fed. Grains are cut out of the paleo diet for a reason, and as they cause the same effect in animals as humans it’s important our meat is not fed grains.
- Fish and other seafood: Ideally you are looking to eat wild fish, fish coming from fish farms can contain mercury and other nasty toxins.
- Fresh fruit: Just remember that fruit is high in natural sugar and calories, if you’re intending to lose weight don’t go overboard on the fruit. However, fresh fruit can help take the edge off a sweet food craving and is much better for you than refined sugar.
- Vegetables: Eating lots of vegetables is common sense and is a part of any healthy diet. Vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are believed to keep you healthy – decreasing the chance of developing diseases such as cancer. Remember for the purpose of the Paleo diet, potatoes are considered a starch and therefore on the do not eat list.
- Eggs: Omega 3 enriched eggs are best as a diet high in Omega 3 reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
- Nuts and seeds: Another great snack idea for those on the Paleo diet.
- Healthy oils such as Olive, Coconut and Avocado: Monounsaturated fats are key to reducing serious disease and keeping your body healthy and increasing immunity.
As you can see, the Paleo diet is full of vitamin rich, satisfying food which when followed correctly can result in weight loss, increased immunity and lowered risk of disease such as diabetes and heart disease. The key here is to remember that the Paleo diet is about natural, unprocessed food, just as our much healthier ancestors ate.