What is the Paleo Diet?

PepperrightWhat is the Paleo Diet?

So you’ve visited my blog, seen some recipes and heard talk about the Paleo diet. What the heck is it?

Basically, we should be eating like the cavemen.  That is the way our bodies are designed. We are not designed to eat processed grains and sugar. By the way, grain is a processed food. You cannot grow a white flour plant and eat it directly from the ground, it has to be processed. Ah, see?
The Basics:

Eat –

Meat, eggs, chicken, fish, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats. Yum right!? You want to do the best you can eating grass fed beef, free range chicken and eggs, pastured pork and organic vegetables. I know it’s hard to find the sustainable ingredients sometime but take baby steps to work toward those goals. I call them my “projects” to hunt down the high quality foods at the best price, turns out, I’m not made of money either.

Also, good oils are a major part of my cooking. That would be coconut, avocado and olive oil. Along with grass-fed butter and animal fat.

There are also other foods in a “moderation” category. That would be fruit, high fat dairy (if your body can handle it), white potatoes, nut butters and sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. These things are ok to eat but if you are trying to lose weight you need to keep it to a minimum. If you are fueling for a marathon (here!) there are a couple of other foods we’ll talk about later.

Don’t Eat –

Grain including corn, refined sugar (or any sugar for that matter), legumes (beans, peanuts, soy), and vegetable oils (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, and any trans fat.)

Processed meat like hot dogs, cured bacon or lunchmeat.

Packaged food or fast food that have ingredients on the list you do not recognize.

 

Seems easy enough right? Believe me when I say I know how hard it can be to make the transition. Those bad foods sure do taste good. Also, believe me when I say once you make the transition they won’t taste so good anymore and you will feel remarkably better.

I learned most of what I know by reading The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson and The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. If you haven’t seen those and are interested in changing the way you eat for the better I highly recommend you check them out. Along with those books, I use www.MarksDailyApple.com as reference almost daily.  These guys can help you understand the science behind the way our bodies react to the foods in the “don’t eat” category. I can help you see how great your body will work if you just try it for a little while!