Ever tried paleo diet (also known as caveman diet or Stone Age diet)? Well, it is hugely popular these days, and because of one simple reason: What would a caveman eat? Here, we explain what you should eat and should not eat, its pros and cons, and, ultimately, what a modern person needs to know to decide whether or not to take the paleo diet plunge.
What is Paleo diet?
The healthiest way of eating is called Paleo diet. Not only because it has nutritional approach that works with your genetics which helps you to stay lean, strong and energetic! But also it is full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression and infertility.
The history of Paleo diet
Paleolithic living as a dietary concept was first promoted by gastroenterologist, Dr Walter L Voegtlin. His book, The Stone Age diet, was published in 1975 and paved the way for a plethora of different Paleolithic approaches, all similar in their core principles but with varying rules and restrictions. A way of eating that truly goes back to basics; Paleolithic diets are all about eating like our ancestors did.
What to eat during Paleo diet?
- Grass produced food
- Fish/sea food
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, avocado, coconut)
What to not eat?
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Refined vegetable oils
- Excessive salt
Try to get a really good protein source with each meal (eggs, steak, chicken, fish, pork) with each meal along with some vegetables. That's it.
If you're having trouble getting enough calories daily, or feeling hungry constantly, add some healthy fats to the equation: avocado, a handful of almonds or walnuts, almond butter, olive oil, etc.
If you feel tired all the time, try adding some salt to your food. Going from a processed, high sodium diet to a paleo diet you will very often end up eating too little sodium, which is an essential nutrient. This will also give you some weight loss tips and tricks .
Try to follow this healthy routine
Your breakfast should include:
- Omega-3 or free ranging eggs scrambled in olive oil with chopped parsley
- You can have grapefruit or any fresh fruit in the season
- Herbal tea
- Sliced lean beef
- Fresh apricots or seasonal fruits
- Apple slices
- Raw walnuts
- Caesar salad with chicken (olive oil and lemon dressing)
- Herbal tea
- Tomato and avocado slices
- Grilled skinless turkey breast
- Steamed veggies like broccoli and carrots
- Bowl of fresh blueberries, raisins and almonds
- One glass white wine or mineral water
1. You are more likely to eat a clean diet without additives, preservatives, or chemicals.
2. There are anti-inflammatory benefits from the plant nutrients in fruits, vegetables, oils, nuts, and seeds.
3. If you are eating more red meat, you will get more iron.
4. You may see improved satiety - a feeling of fullness between meals, due to the higher intake of protein and fats.
5. Many people lose weight primarily due to the limited food choices.
Cons of Paleo diet
1. It can get expensive.
2. You don't eat any grains or dairy.
3. This diet can be difficult for vegetarians, especially since it excludes beans.
4. Most athletes need between 3 to 6 grams of carbs per pound of their body weight, per day. This would be very hard to do with just fruits and vegetables.