A lot of people are hearing about the paleo diet, but not many people know what the paleo diet actually consists of. So we’re sharing this awesome video with you put together by Criticalbench that’s going to inform you of exactly what the paleo diet is and what’s some good ways you can get started if you would like to try this.
The video gives a good definition of the paleo diet but I’m going to go deeper into exactly what the paleo diet is.
What Is The Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet is a dietary plan that’s based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the paleolithic era, which dates back to approximately 10,000 to 2.5 million years ago.
What Kind of Foods Is Apart Of A Paleo Diet?
You will typically find that a paleo diet includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds – basically foods that can be hunted or grow’s from the earth. A paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes, and grains.
The Goal With A Paleo Diet
The objective of a paleo diet is to eat the way early humans ate. The diet’s explanation for this is that the human body has adapted to the modern diet that emerged with farming practices – an idea known as the discordance hypothesis.
Farming has changed what people eat and established dairy, grains and legumes as additional staples in the human diet. This exact mismatch is believed to be a contributing factor to the prevalence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease today.
Why You May Want To Follow A Paleo Diet
You might choose to follow a paleo diet because you:
- Want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight by eating correctly
- Want Help Planning Meals
- Want to lower any health risks
What To Eat
- Nuts and seeds
- Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
- Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
What To Avoid
- Dairy products
- Redefined sugar
- Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts and peas
- Grains, such as wheat, oats and barely
- Highly processed foods in general
A typical day’s menu
Here’s a look at what you might eat during a typical day following the paleo diet:
- Breakfast: Broiled salmon and cantaloupe.
- Lunch: Broiled lean pork loin and salad (romaine, carrot, cucumber, tomatoes, walnuts and lemon juice dressing).
- Dinner: Lean beef sirloin tip roast, steamed broccoli, salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, onions, almonds and lemon juice dressing), and strawberries for dessert.
- Snacks: An orange, carrot sticks or celery sticks.
The diet also insists that you drink plenty of water and become physically active everyday.
Now don’t get overwhelmed, it’ll all take time but consistency is key. If your not sure on how to get your foot in the door to becoming physically active everyday than check out our post on this topic here.
A paleo diet is rich in vegetables, fruits and nuts – all elements of a healthy diet.
The primary difference between the paleo diet and other healthy diets is the absence of whole grains and legumes, which are considered good sources of fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Also absent from the diet are dairy products, which are good sources of protein and calcium.
Hope you learned something new about paleo today! Let us know if you have any questions.