What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo Diet?

The term ‘paleo’ comes from the term: ‘paleolithic.’  For those of us who don’t remember all the different eras, the paleolithic era ended when man began to cultivate crops.

The idea being that man consumed primarily wild plants and animals until the end of the paleolithic time.  Some other terms for the paleo diet have been: Stone Age diet or Healthy diet plan paleo caveman dietcaveman diet or hunter-gatherer diet.

What foods does the Paleo diet include?

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Roots
  • Nuts

The caveman diet therefore is primarily any food that can be hunted, fished or gathered.  Since modern man has domesticated animals, paleo proponents have acquiesed to accepting meat from a variety of sources.

It is recommended that you stick with lean sources of meats that are anit-biotic free and hormone free.  The best meat comes from wild game or grass feed animals. (NOTE: These types of animals have higher level of Omega 3 in their meat.)

Other foods that can be gathered are: insects, seeds, mushrooms, herbs, spices and eggs. (In addition to the list mentioned above.)

Water is the main drink with some tea.  If you haven’t read, “How to Lose Weight in 24 Hours” just submit your email and I will send you a free copy.  You will learn about drinking water.

What does the Paleo diet exclude?
Foods that are not Paleo…

  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Salt
  • Refined sugar
  • Process oils*

NOTE: * Some advocates do see the need for need for Omega-3 and Omega-6 which properly processed oils can provide.  Some allow olive oil and canola oil.  I only recommend olive oil.

You should not drink coffee, colas, juices, alcohol or such.

Should the Paleo Diet be a part of your healthy diet plan?

Here are some pro’s:

  • The Paleo Diet advocates animal food and plant food – good choices

    Healthy diet plan includes fish - modern cavemen

    Modern Cavemen

  • Eating raw vegetables is great for you and very few people eat enough vegetables.
  • Staying off sugars and starches is very good.

Here are some con’s:

  • You should strive to get at least 6 servings a day from raw vegetables.  If yo have 10 servings a day, 6 should be vegetables, 3 should be meats, 1 should be carbohydrates.  The ratio in the paleo diet is a bit off.

    Paleo recommends 55-65% intake from animals and 35-45% from plants.

  • You need to know your vegetables, seeds and roots to avoid ones that affect the thyroid.
  • NO whole grains is a bit extreme.

Brown rice and quinoa are two whole grains that provide protein, fiber and energy.  Although I advocate very little in your diet, they should not be excluded.

Common sense tells you you  that eating less processed foods is good for you.  However, whole grains should also be a part of your diet unless you are testing for allergic sensitivities.

Follow our diet for testing for food sensitivities for a month and then add one food group at a time to see how your body reacts.  If you have high sensitivities you will know it!

 


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