Paleo Diet 101
The Paleo Diet is a way to get back to eating how we used to eat as far as 2 million years ago. Natural real foods. The way nature intended before our diets became full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar. Think about what we ate when we went out and hunted for our foods, like meat and fish and gathered nuts and seeds, berries and green leafy vegetables.
It was only a few thousand years ago that we became farmers and started to settle down and form societies. So look at how long we were hunting and gathering. How long our digestive systems spent evolving to eat these natural foods. If you want a number for how little time we have been eating modern foods, like grains, breads, pasta corn and rice, it’s one tenth of one percent. Thats like a grain of salt in bath full.
Now days, it is impractical to go out and hunt and gather, but we can follow those ancient principles and get as close to how we were biologically designed to eat.
The paleo diet isn’t a weight loss diet where you have to weigh every gram of food. It is a lifestyle. But eating foods that fill you up all day and keep your blood sugars balanced, results in weight loss. If you remove certain foods from your diet, you never have to worry about counting calories again. Once you make the change to paleo, you will start to feel the benefits immediately.
Do you spend all day trying not to eat certain foods? Craving the things you know you shouldn’t have. Well once you get them out of your system you will find that all those cravings stop. Your body will feel satisfied and you will start to crave the right foods. It takes will power to get through those early days and the cravings may increase initially, but once you get through the first week, you will feel so much better, it will surely motivate you to continue.
One Step at a Time
If changing to the paleo diet is a big step for you, and you have been eating bagels and muffins for breakfast your entire life, just take one step at a time. Changing your diet is hard.
Start by doing one week of paleo. It’s good to start on a day when you don’t have to work, so you have time to shop and prepare.
Make sure you have all your food prepped and you choose the dishes you love to eat. The 7 day Paleo kickstart lends it’self well to adaptations. You can use beef instead of turkey if you want and substitute recipes that you just don’t like the sound of.
Have a ’30 days of paleo’ goal. Once you can get to this point, your body will have adjusted and the cravings will be gone, or minimal. But initially, just start with one week.
If you don’t want to give up all the foods that make you sick and tired, gassy and achy, give you heart burn and joint pain, the paleo diet is not for you.
What Can We Eat?
- Meat – As long as it is grass fed and preferably anti-biotic and hormone free
- Fowl – Free Range Chicken, Turkey, Duck
- Wild Fish – Alaskan Salmon and Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Black Cod, Pacific Halibut, Oysters, Rainbow Trout, US Albacore Tuna, Mussels
- Eggs – Free range only and preferably omega-3 enriched
- Vegetables – Organic and locally grown as much as possible. Try to eat seasonally.
- Tubers – Sweet Potato, Yams,
- White Potato – As one of the deadly nightshades, some people have difficulty with potatoes. The toxins are in the skin so peel them before cooking. No fries!
What to Avoid
- Refined Sugar
- Refined vegetable oil
- Junk Processed Foods
Some people will try and judge you for your choices, and tell you not to eat white potato, peas or that cream occasionally is wrong. But remember it’s your life, your body and your choice. If you are eating a natural, unprocessed product, and it doesn’t make you feel bad, then you are fine.