The Paleo diet is based on the ancient dietary habits of our ancestors in the Stone Age era. They did not have access to all of the food sources that we have today and this diet encourages us to stick with the same basic food groups they had. These are meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These will form the basis of the Paleo diet and it will allow you to create delicious, healthy meals for yourself and your whole family.
Meat products will be abundant in this diet; and although you can choose from a variety of sources, try to avoid the fatty cuts such as chicken wings, bacon and pork sausages. Eggs can be eaten, but try to limit this to no more than 6 per week. These were available to the cavemen in those times, but it was a scarce food source so you should eat these accordingly. A healthy and popular meal is an omelette; which can be made with veggies such as mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. It is a great breakfast option and it is also a high protein meal. When you choose other meat products, make sure that they are from lean sources; preferably from grass or pasture fed animals.
There are of course certain food groups that one should avoid altogether while on the Paleo diet. These are dairy products, grains, processed foods and fatty meats. Since these were not available in the Paleolithic era, we should not consume these at all. Grains to avoid include pasta, barley, rice cakes and oatmeal. Even if the label says “wheat free” you should still avoid it. Pasta, rice, cakes and pudding are also on the avoid list. Dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream and butter cannot be eaten and should not be used in any meal. As a basic rule of thumb, if our ancestors did not eat it, we should not either!
Although it might seem that Paleo Food lists are a bit restricted, there are still a lot of delicious meals to enjoy. Fruit and vegetables make up a large part of your daily meal plan and you can easily add a variety of these to any meal. You can also snack on fresh fruit throughout the day. As for veggies, you can pretty much eat anything – except the starchy ones like potatoes. You can grab a handful of nuts or seeds during the day or in-between meals to help keep hunger at bay. You can also add them to salads and desserts too.
The Paleo diet also increases your metabolism over time; allowing you to lose additional weight. Research has shown that this diet can help you lose up to 15 pounds in 6 months. It will stabilize your blood sugar, reduce hunger and improve your digestive system as well. You will get all the benefits of living a healthy life while on the Paleo diet; and it is suitable for the whole family too.
By: David Delongs
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Want to learn more about how you get lean and have more energy eating on the Paleo Plan visit my website Eating The Paleo Way David Delong is a diet and exercise enthusiast and author. He lives in Newport Beach, CA and spends his time teaching others how to live a healthy lifestyle eating the Paleo way. His latest book is, "The Paleo Plan: How to Easily Get Lean and Fit By Following Our Ancient Ancestors"