Many of you know that I follow the paleo diet (about 90% of the time, anyway). I get a lot of questions on what exactly “paleo” means, and why it doesn’t allow certain foods.
So first, What is the Paleo diet?
The paleo/caveman/hunter gatherer diet is eating the way our ancestors did pre-agriculture. Data suggests that these ancestors were free from many health problems that we face in modern society. (obesity, cancers, heart disease) In the paleo diet you eat Proteins such as: eggs, beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish and any type of wild game. You eat veggies, preferably seasonal, and if you can, get your veggies from a local farm or better yet, your own garden! You can have seasonal fruits. And you can have fats (almonds, avocado, macadamia, coconut oil, almond oil)
Now, some things to take into consideration: If you are trying to lose weight, you need to limit your fruit and fat intake. Try to only have one serving of fruit per day. And 1-2 oz of fats (nuts and oils)
Things to avoid!!! All grains (flour, oats, rice, corn) sugars (with the exception of a little bit of honey) all dairy and basically anything that is processed and has a long shelf life.
There are simple ways to make substitutions for you recipes. If a recipe calls for milk, you can use almond or coconut milk. Substitute coconut oil for butter, for sugar you can sub honey (1/2 the amount).
So, clean out your pantry and avoid all of that nasty cream of whatever and pastas and the like! Start today by eating clean! If you mess up at lunch, or at a snack make up for it with a healthy dinner. Everyone messes up in their diet. Don’t give up just because of that candy bar.
I plan on breaking this down into parts and getting into details about the why’s? in the near future. But please, leave any questions or comments and I will do my best to answer them!