If a caveperson didn’t eat it, neither should you. This is the mantra of the Paleo diet.
When you are following the Paleo Diet, you can eat anything we could hunt or gather as was done thousands of years ago – things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Today, with our mind-boggling amount of foods we’ve become a species “dependent” upon grains – bread, pasta, rice, corn, and so on.
The Paleo Diet also almost completely eradicates sugar. Unless you’re getting your sugar from a fruit. No grains, no sugar, no processed foods are the foundation of this eating lifestyle. So, less carbs = less glucose in your system, which means your body will have to start burning fat as your fuel source.
Okay, so if we cut out the grains, almost all processed foods, and dairy, you’re left with only things that occur naturally:
- Meat – GRASS-FED*, not grain-fed. Grain causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans.
- Fowl – Chicken, duck, hen, turkey…things with wings that (try to) fly.
- Fish – Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
- Eggs – Look for omega-3 enriched cage free eggs.
- Vegetables – As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
- Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural.
- Fruits – Have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight.
- Nuts – High in calories, so they’re good for a snack, but don’t eat bags and bags of them.
- Tubers / gourds– Sweet potatoes and yams. Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.
These foods are naturally occurring in the wild or farmed and don’t need to be processed in any way (unlike grains) in order to be consumed. The other great thing about vegetables is that they’re incredibly nutrient dense and calorie light.
The Paleo Diet is an effort to go back to eating how we’re biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately. To learn more about the Paleo diet check this link: https://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/
Source: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/ (Not Associated with Aetrex)