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What is Paleo?

The Paleo Diet Lifestyle is derived from the Paleolithic Era/Age. Commonly known as the caveman diet or the hunter-gatherer diet, is the idea of humans consuming only the food that was available to our ancestors, the cavemen/women. Based on this concept, many would argue that modern humans haven’t had enough time to adapt to present day diets. Due to the extreme processing of modern food, the Paleo approach limits the consumption of what is available today. Read on to learn what is acceptable when following the Paleo lifestyle and what you should be avoiding.

 What Can I Eat?

Increase your protein. Protein should be eaten at every meal. Beef, chicken, seafood, wild game and eggs are great sources of protein. High quality meats should be consumed, if possible do your best to buy grass-fed beef, pastured organic chicken/eggs and wild caught seafood. Some cuts of meats will cost more than others, if you are unable to afford these stick with cheaper cuts of meat. For example, whole beef chuck roast is excellent in the crock pot. Chicken thighs, drumsticks and whole chickens are normally cheaper than the breast.

Fewer carbohydrates. Consume mainly non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables. High fiber consumption is also important, but fiber should be coming from fruits and vegetables.

Eat more fat, it’s good for you! Increase consumption of omega-3 fats and avoid trans fats. Great fats include the following but are not limited to: olive oil, avocado oil, tallow, lard, ghee (clarified butter), coconut oil, animal fats.

Reduce Salt Intake

*Dairy is not consumed on a strict Paleo Diet. However, if you can tolerate dairy the following can be consumed in moderation: Organic, full fat grass-fed butter, cream , cheeses and kefir.

*Beverages should be limited to water. Certain teas are OK, such as green tea. Coffee is not considered “Paleo”. I consume one cup of coffee on a daily basis, this choice is dependent upon the individual.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING:

Soy, legumes, all grains, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed foods and *dairy.

Avoid corn/vegetable oil, soybean oil and margarine.

Alcohol, Coffee, Soda, Processed Juices.

Lastly… EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY! Stop counting calories, get off the couch and be ACTIVE! Your body, heart and soul will love you for it :)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or certified nutritionist. All ideas within this blog are based off of my own nutritional experiences. Consult with a physician prior to any diet or lifestyle changes.

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