The Paleo Diet
With how many people that are into fitness and diet in today’s society, you can be sure to find a vast variety of different plans out there. One of those is a diet plan that dates way back to pre-agricultural days, the Paleolithic Diet, or more commonly known as the Paleo Diet.
Before man-made farming, like growing wheats or milking cows became popular, humans had to eat what they could hunt or find, hence the term ‘Hunters and Gatherers.’ The Paleo Diet is largely based on this concept, where leaving out all of those unhealthy man-made creations is the key. This diet can be a healthy diet, if done properly, and as long as you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. Below are some of the do’s and do not’s for the Paleo Diet.
What you CAN eat on the Paleo
Before I list all the things that you can eat on this diet, I would like to point out one of the best benefits of it: You are supposed to be able to eat as much of these items as you want per meal. The concept behind it is that if you are eating these healthy foods, which are much lower in sugars, starches, and carbohydrates, then you won’t be gaining any extra fats. This is a weird rule to the diet, but still, controlling your eating habits (like how much you eat) is the biggest part of any diet.
Now, onto the list, here are the foods that you CAN eat on the Paleo Diet: Meats, Seafood, Eggs, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds, and Healthy Oils. Healthy Oils consists of Olive, Walnut, Flaxseed, Macadamia, Avocado, and Coconut. There are quite a few options in that list, but as you can see, they are cutting out a ton of unhealthy items. Keep reading for the CANNOT eat list.
What you CANNOT eat on the Paleo
As you are reading through this list, see if there are any that you disagree with. Maybe you think one of the foods here should be listed under the ‘can eats.’ The foods that you CANNOT eat on the Paleolithic Diet are Cereal Grains, Legumes, Dairy, Refined Sugar, Potatoes, Processed Foods, Refined Vegetable Oils, and Salt. A few specific additions include Peanuts (Legumes), and to be clear with the salt, you are not supposed to add salt to your meals, even when cooking or boiling water.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed! Have you ever tried the Paleo Diet, or know someone who has? What is your take on it, and is it one that you would recommend? I’d like to hear as much feedback as possible; as we all know how diets can be so controversial. In the end, it all boils down to health and what nutrients the body is receiving. Without that, no diet, no matter how flexible is a healthy diet. Thanks again and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
Kim Shapira MS, RD