Paleo: What to Eat and Not Eat and Why

So many diets, so much confusion! One of the most popular diets is the Paleo diet. What is the Paleo diet? Have you been too embarrassed to ask your crossfit friends? Are you rolling your eyes at yet another diet? We’re are not advocates either way – but curious minds need to know! Let us fill you in on the basics.

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet, also known as the Paleolithic diet, is one of the most popular nutrition trends among fitness enthusiasts. There is a good reason for this… it has proven results. People have reported amazing changes in both their health and appearance by using this diet and combining it with regular exercise.

The Whole Idea Behind the Paleo Diet

This diet consists in adopting the nutrition patterns from the Paleolithic era. But why to do such a thing? In very simple words, experts believe that the human species haven’t significantly evolved since the Paleolithic era and, because of this, we should stick with the diet from our Paleo ancestors.

Of course, our ancestors didn’t have advanced agricultural techniques or processed foods. That’s where the very green nutrition pattern comes from.

What to Eat on Paleo

In order to get the most out of  the Paleo diet,  you have to consume those foods that respect the plan’s true spirit: fresh and unprocessed.

The good news for many of us is that we don’t have to go vegan.  Meat is totally on the menu, but it must be unprocessed and packaged and sold in the most natural way possible.

Also, you will be adding plenty of vegetables and fruits to your daily diet. Some great options to consider are eggplant, spinach, avocado, apples, tangerine, pineapple, and mango.

Both nuts and oils are a must to complement the Paleo diet.  Some options are olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, pecans, and sunflower seeds.

Are you getting the picture? UNPROCESSED. FRESH. It’s pretty simple, actually: unprocessed meat, fruit, veggies, and good fat sources.

What to Not Eat

The hardest part of the Paleo diet (like ALL diets) is successfully avoiding those things that are out of the equation. When you adapt to this diet, you must stick with those things that aren’t industrially processed. That can be hard, because what is not processed food these days?

Here we go. The list of foods to avoid:

  • dairy products (cheese, ice cream, milk, and butter)
  • soda and energy drinks
  • Candy and sugar-filled fruit juice
  • Foods like unnaturally-salted products and processed meats
  • are harder to notice and avoid for obvious reasons.
  • grains and legumes (While they are vegetable based foods, they are considered as unhealthy and incompatible with the Paleo diet. Some examples are garbanzo beans, chickpeas, wheat, red beans, white beans, and oatmeal.)

Consuming these foods can counter act all the positive effects of sticking to the diet.

What do you think? Will you try it or is it not for you? We have a run down of four other diets you may consider.

 

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Author: Jen Adair

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