Paleo [pay-lee-oh] refers to the cuisine (yes, cuisine) of the Paleolithic era. Also known as the Caveman Diet, Paleo includes meat/fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It excludes all grains, dairy, gluten, sugar, legumes, and processed foods. Remember, cavemen were hunter/gatherers not farmers. So meats and vegetables are a big part of this diet. It allows for better consumption of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies were meant to absorb.
What to eat
- Fruits and vegetables
- Nuts and Seeds
- Natural non-processed cold-pressed oils (olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil…)
- Flour made from paleo ingredients (nut flours, cassava flour)
- Wild caught, grass-fed, pasture raised, organic, and local are all buzz words associated with the Paleo Diet.
- Water, pure coconut water, pure maple water. Juices in moderation.
What not to eat
- Refined sugars and oils (this includes cane sugar and artificial sweeteners as well as processed oils like canola and vegetable oil)
- Dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt)
- Grains (wheat, quinoa,
- Rice (this is a grain)
- Corn (this is a grain)
- White potatoes
- Legumes (beans, soy, chick peas, peanuts)
- Things labeled “Gluten Free”. Just because it’s gluten free doesn’t mean it is Paleo…or healthy.
- Anything processed. If you cannot grow it, gather it, or hunt it, then chances are it isn’t part of the diet.
TIP: When grocery shopping your best bet is to stick to the perimeter of the market. The aisles are full of junk for the most part. Always read labels.
Read labels. Read ingredients. Stop and think. When ordering at a restaurants do not be timid when inquiring about the ingredients or asking to leave a few things out. This is your body. This is your decision.
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