The Paleo Diet: Eat Like a Caveman and Shed Pounds

What is Paleo Diet? Paleo diet, also known as the Caveman Diet or the Stone Age diet, is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day. Loren Cordain, PhD, who wrote the book on The Paleo Diet, claims that by eating like our prehistoric ancestors, we’ll be leaner and less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.

Research in biology, biochemistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic. Just like the average Homo Sapiens back then: tall, muscular, agile, athletic, and incredibly versatile.

Food to Eat:
Eat a lot of fresh lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and healthier fats.
  • Meat – Grass-fed, not grain-fed. Grain causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans.
  • Fowl – Chicken, duck, hen, turkey.
  • Fish – Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish.
  • Eggs – Look for Omega-3 enriched eggs.
  • Vegetables – As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
  • Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil (think natural).
  • Fruits – Have natural sugar.
  • Nuts – High in calories, so they’re good for a snack, but don’t eat bags and bags of them.
  • Tubers – Sweet potatoes and yams.  Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.

Food to Avoid:
Processed foods are a no-no on this diet. And since our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, not farmers, say goodbye to wheat and dairy, along with excellent vegetarian sources of protein, such as beans and other legumes. Other foods to avoid:
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Salt
  • Refined vegetable oils, such as canola

This diet emphasizes meat and fish, and it's impossible to follow a Paleo Diet without eating meat, seafood, or eggs.  The diet also doesn't allow salt, so it may help you cut down on sodium. Eliminating salt and processed foods makes this low-sodium diet good for people with high blood pressure.

If you’re able to spend the money buying more whole, unprocessed foods and are willing to dedicate the time in the kitchen to preparing them, then this plan may help you lose weight.

To fill in the nutrient gaps, supplement the plan with folate, B vitamins, calcium, and vitamin D.

Do check with your doctor before starting on this plan.

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