The Paleo Diet 101

Just starting with the Paleo diet? Looking for food that fits under the paleo diet framework? Get the lowdown from Paleo diet expert Saffron Clacy.

What is the Paleo Diet?
We all desire to eat healthy every day; however we often choose the wrong path when it comes to our daily food intake. There is a rise in unnatural and artificial additives inside the food we put into our bodies; this causes many of us to be unhealthy, and some haven't even come to the realisation that they are.

So what is the most beneficial and healthiest eating alternative?
Let me introduce you to the Paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet or the Palaeolithic diet)
Solely based on the way cavemen used to eat thousands of years ago, these foods are organic and come directly from nature itself, containing the recommended healthy fats, protein and antioxidants that are needed to keep you fuller for longer, so it is a great way of balancing healthier eating habits.

Basically, the Paleo diet involves foods that are grown in the ground, hunted or caught in the sea, foods that are extremely high in protein, good fats and nutritional dense foods that revitalise the body.  Overall, Paleo can help you to lose weight instead of gaining it by giving you that full feeling as protein and fats keep you fuller for longer, so in turn less calorie intake.

Which foods are allowed?
Paleo consists of foods such as fresh fruit (in season), vegetables, seafood or fish, grass-feed organic meats (which have a higher concentration of Omega 3) such as steak, bacon, pork; chicken breast, eggs, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds and healthful oils are also essential to the diet (such as flaxseed, walnut, olive, avocado and macadamia.

Which foods are not allowed?
It is essential for the diet to cut out all dairy products, grains (such as bread and pasta) salt, legumes, peanuts, processed foods (lollies and junk food) cereal grains, fruit juices, soft drinks, refined sugars or oils, and even potatoes. Due to the fact that these foods contain so many carbohydrates, sodium, bad fat and 'unnatural' substances, it is unnecessary for them to be incorporated. Many of these foods are not as nutritional dense as Paleo foods, as they have empty calories that don’t keep you full enough.

What are the benefits of the Paleo diet?

  • The many miracles of Paleo:
  • Stables blood sugar levels (healthy blood cells)
  • Burns off stored fat
  • Reduces allergies
  • Balances energy throughout the day
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Clear skin and better teeth
  • Improves sleeping patterns
  • Better digestion and absorption
  • Limits fructose

Sample Paleo daily menu!

Breakfast
Bacon, eggs, spinach, avocado, smoked salmon and mushrooms.

Lunch
Chicken salad, wraps, chicken and veggie soup, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and tomato salad with mayonnaise and coconut curry stir fry.

Dinner
Roast beef with vegetables, Polish stew, butter chicken, beef goulash.

Desert
Banana almond pancakes (cooked with coconut flour or almond meal)

Snacks
Dark chocolate, nuts, almonds, apple 'nachos', coconut ice cream

Conclusion
Paleo will help you to establish a strict but good lifestyle that'll help you to lose weight, feel full and having lasting energy. Anything natural and not man-made is considered the perfect diet for human beings. Although it may seem difficult and take some time to get used to, choosing Paleo would be a life changing experience. It's definitely an option worth trying for at least 30 days to see how you feel!

Written by Saffron Clacy
For more information on the paleo diet Go to Paleo Diet Australia

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