Paleo in a Nutshell
The Paleo Diet is not a fad. It is the way the human bodies are designed to take in energy. Try to imagine the first humans for a minute. They didn’t have processed foods, added sugars and all the chemical preservatives that the modern human ingests on a daily basis. They didn’t eat grains or tubers like potatoes. They were hunters and gatherers. They ate natural food. Animals, vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries. Things that didn’t contain toxins that made people sick. Our bodies are designed to eat natural foods; foods that do not require you to cook them to become edible. So why do we do that today? The answer is simple. It is because of agriculture and population rising. When the population grew the human race needed to find ways to feed more and more people. That is when we decided to stay in one place and grow food. We didn’t want to have to follow the herds and depend on gathering the random apples anymore. The human body hasn’t evolved hardly at all since our hunter-gatherer ancestors so why should our diet evolve?
The Paleo Diet is a very simple one. It can be broken down into two sections: 1 What you can eat and 2 What you shouldn’t eat.
1) What you can eat
- Beef, Pork, Chicken and Fish
- Grass fed/free range is best
- Roots such as carrots and turnips
- you get the point
- All fruits are fair game.
- Try to not go overboard with fruits each day.
- Use oils in moderation
- Coconut/Olive/Uncured Bacon Grease all work.
Nuts and Berries
- This doesn’t include peanuts
You can also have honey in small amounts.
What you Shouldn’t Eat
- Green Beans
- Kidney Beans
- Bread, Pasta, etc.
The diet is simple. Summarized it is this: Do not eat anything processed. No dairy, bread, pasta, potatoes, beans, legumes or added sugar.
There is only one beverage that can honestly be called “Paleo”. Water. That doesn’t mean you can’t have other drinks. Tea and coffee are alright to drink as long as you drink them black. Remember, no added sugar and no dairy.
To get all the benefits of this diet you only need to follow it 80% of the time. My challenge to you is to try this diet for 3 weeks. That’s not even a month. See how you feel after those 3 weeks. If you want to feel how bad grains and dairy are making you feel try eating mac and cheese after your challenge. Trust me, you’ll feel the difference.
Buy “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf for a more detailed description of the diet.