Paleo 101

Paleo 101

What exactly is the Paleo diet you ask?

It is a dietary plan based loosely around what a caveman could hunt and gather during the Paleolithic period. Its premise is that this is a healthier way to eat and that the dawn of the agricultural farming revolution started major health issues we are dealing with today. Obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the top killers in this country. It is believed this is due in part, to the heavy consumption of grains, legumes, and heavily processed foods.

The diet includes anything that can be hunted or gathered. Meat, fish, fruit, vegetable, nuts, seeds, and foul are the main staples. You need to be aware of the fact, that many meats and vegetables we eat today, we did not eat back then. Beef, pork, and chicken were not around then. Most modern vegetables and fruit were not either. Most of what we eat today as been a result of farming and breeding. In fact, we are not 100% sure what the heck they even ate. We can only geuss based on a few evidence findings. Therefore it is literally impossible to create a true Paleolithic diet.

So why a Paleo diet then? By learning from the evidence we do know from the Paleolithic era and taking the bits that are healthy, we can turn our health around. By imitating the idea of the hunter and gatherer with modern day foods; we can set ourselves onto the path of healthier living. It is not about a rigid set of rules but rather a framework that is adaptable to achieve a better state of wellbeing. By going back to nature we are entering a better state of health.

What to eat:
•Red meat
•Root vegetables
•Green leafy vegetables
•Wild game
•Animal fats
•Oils from fruits, nuts, and seeds
•Sea salt
•Maple syrup
•Gluten-free flours (gray area)
•Homemade Paleo “desserts” and “breads”
•Homemade Paleo sauces and condiments
•Paleo friendly sauces and condiments
•Almond, coconut, cashew milks
•Nut butters (except for peanut)
•Vinegars (gray area)
•Dark chocolate
•Uncured bacon
•Fermented and pickled foods
•Tea and herbal tea
•Coconut sugar
•Nut flours
•Tapiocia starch
•Cassava flour
•Sweet potatoes and other tubers
•Coconut flour
•Almond flour

What not to eat:
•Dairy (gray area)
•Overly processed foods (think boxed cookies)
•Fast food
•Whole Grains (oats, wheat, corn, barley, rice, ect.)
•Legumes (Beans, peanuts, lentils, ect.)
•Fresh legumes such as peas or green beans (gray area)
•Refined sugars
•Artifical sweeteners
•Artifical ingredients
•Iodized salt
•Hydrogenated oils
•Potatoes (gray area)
•Wine (gray area)
•Wheat free beer (gray area)
•Sugary drinks
•Nitrate and nitrite cured or processed meats
•Meat subsitutes
•Processed meats
•Butter substitutes
•Energy drinks
•High fructose corn syrup
•Corn syrup
•Agave syrup

Gray area foods are debated within the Paleo community. Some are for them in moderation, while others are completely against them. Whatever side you choose, do what works best for your body.

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