Many diet authorities have been recommending a paleo diet plan. Beginners can easily start this modified low carb type of diet that is based around the actual needs of the body and foods that were readily available and eaten by the Paleolithic era cavemen. Their diet needs corresponded to their physical needs for constant energy and foods that could be gathered and hunted in their natural environment. Just think, there were no pizza places, fast food restaurants or bagel shops, and so the Paleo Diet was all they had for long days of hunting and gathering. Needless to say, weight loss for the caveman was never a big concern, but now you can follow the Paleo Diet to lose those extra pounds.
Foods You Can’t Eat
Because this diet is emulating the natural diet of the cavemen, The Paleo Diet does not permit:
- Processed grains (bread, cereal, pasta)
- Carbohydrates (flour, rice, quinoa, corn, oats and others that contain gluten.)
- Dairy and/or milk products (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, cream)
- Sugar, including most fruits sugars and artificial sweeteners
- Beans and Legumes (lentils, black beans, pinto beans, red beans and peanuts)
- Vegetable Oils
- Fruit Juices
Try not to let this list discourage you, because there are a lot of healthy and tasty foods that you are allowed to eat.
Foods You Can Eat
So, you are asking, what can I eat on a Paleo Diet? The easiest thing to do is imagine what you would eat if you were stuck out in the wilderness for a year, or better yet think of what you would have eaten if you lived in the Paleolithic era. You would eat whatever was available in your environment and most often found in its most natural form. If you keep this thought in mind the Paleo diet is simple to understand and follow.
- Grass Fed Meat
- Fowl (free range chicken and turkey are great)
- Wild Fish and Seafood
- Nuts (almonds, pecan nuts, walnuts)
- Berries (blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- Seeds (pumpkin, sesame and flax seeds)
- Organic Vegetables (including sweet potatoes)
- Organic Fruit in moderation
- Healthy Oils and Fats (avocados, coconut oil, duck fat, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, fish oil and sesame oil)
Please try to remember that the meats permitted on the Paleo diet are meats that come from grass fed animals. Think about it, if you ate meat from grain fed animals, it would create the same effect as eating the grains yourself. The caveman had to choose from wild animals to hunt like wild deer and bison, and these animals only ate grass. In other words, stay away from grain-fed meat which is enhanced with hormones and chemicals.
It is a simple diet to follow just look to buy organic and free range products and stick with the diet. Do your shopping at your favorite vegetable stand or farmer’s market, and then find a source for good natural meat, chicken and fish products. Imagine a caveman trying to figure out what to do with a frozen pizza and ice cream, so visiting a traditional supermarket could become very tempting, and on the Paleo diet about 80% of the store would be useless to you. The caveman would fill his grocery cart in the meat and chicken section and then go look for a place to build a fire to cook. If you want to give the Paleo diet a try, just think like one.