The paleo diet, coming from the Paleolithic period (aka the Stone Age), is a style of eating that eliminates moderns foods from your diet following the idea that our bodies were designed to process most efficiently and healthily when fed natural foods provided by the earth. Following this diet eliminates high fat and processed foods which has helped to combat obesity, heart disease and diabetes. These trends have been observed with great success as this diet has gained in popularity.
So what can you eat?
Meats: preferably lean cuts. Organic, Grass-fed, and Conner Ranch raised, are all very nice, however, not a NECESSITY to follow the diet. Those are more issues of preference although there is a health component, let’s attack one issue at a time. Can we just throw eggs in this category too? They are a “YES”!
Vegetables : No green beans or peas . Oh come on, like you are mad about that!
Fruits: This will be a major source of carbs for you. Try to get more vegetables in as your carbs than fruit. Fruit will be the easier road if struggling to get enough carbs. Remember carbs are ENERGY! ROAR!
Nuts and Seeds: These are gonna be major for snacking. The only no-go in this category will be peanuts. Why? Peanuts (and beans) are legumes and interfere with your body’s processes. Want to have nightmares? Click here
Sweet Potatoes : ? Can that be it’s own category ? There is some controversy over this. We are going to allow them for our challenge.
Oils: You are good to go to cook in olive, flaxseed, coconut and walnut.
What to avoid?
Fun, happiness, freedom. JUST KIDDING! First of all, this is America. Second, this diet is so simple. My favorite part is that I’m actually FULL. You will find foods you really enjoy and ways to enjoy foods that are not permitted. For instance, miss spaghetti? Zucchini noodles with spaghetti sauce to the rescue! Get creative. You can do this.
But back to what to avoid. Dairy (yogurt, milk, cheese etc), breads, pastas, oats, cereals, white potatoes, alcohol, processed sugar (as I type this Everly is jumping up and down yelling, ” I WANT ICE CREAM!” Sorry kid, you’re a cave baby now) are all on the no list.
Speaking of. There is one possible negative side effect. You could turn into caveman. Remember, you signed a waiver.
The good news? I think cavemen had six packs!?
Author’s notes: I wrote an article about food and I used the word controversy. What a time to be alive.