Learning the Paleo Diet
Following a paleo diet may seem harder then you think, every time a new buzz diet comes out there are sooo many specific different types of foods that are bad and ones that are good. One of the beautiful things about this diet is how simple it is to figure out whats in or out.
So whats in and whats out?
Basically, any food that was around before man needed agriculture to get the food to your table, then its Paleo!
Meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms are the simple foods that you can get into straight away. Now for the bad ones, these are all foods that result from agriculture and animal husbandry which include grains, dairy, beans/legumes, potatoes, sugar and fake foods.
A question that always come up is about fruit because “fruits are natural” well the view under the paleo diet is that fruits back in the Paleolithic time were smaller and more tart. Unlike our typical fruits of today so the suggestion is to limit the fruits of today.
So what is the Paleo diet?
Our ancestors were mainly nomads and because of this they had to forage for easily accessible foods, the technical term for this is the “Optimal Foraging Theory”. The point is that as humans we had to adapt to the changing food sources and we definitely didn’t get used to eating a meal every 2 hours.
The paleo diet does not have any strict rule around calories or how many meals, basically you eat when you are hungry and drink when you are thirsty.
What Oils are Allowed?
Industrial seed oils are out! When you see a new type of oil in the supermarket and think to yourself, “I didn’t even know these seed had oil in them” you need to run for the hills. All you need are oils from tree nuts like walnut, hazelnut, coconut, pecan or macadamia. Then oils that are squeezed from fruits include extra virgin olive oil, palm oil and avocado oil.
What Specific Meat is Allowed?
You can check out the full list of meats allowed here. Meats that are included in the Paleo diet need to have a good balance of Omega 3 to 6 fatty acids which can be sourced from good quality grass fed beef or lamb, wild game meat is ideal.
The most paleo of all meat are the organ meats & bone marrow (excellent for bone broth) from grass fed animals, organ meats are an huge source of iron, zinc, choline, vitamin B12 and trace minerals (ref).
To top it off, fish should be wild caught not farmed as there can be a huge surge of Omega 6 fatty acids in farmed fish. Other than that everything should be eaten as fast as possible with as little processing.
Salt and Sugar
Our bodies get used to additives that help us develop a tolerance, salt is one of them. Once you stop adding it to your food then your body will naturally not crave it anymore, just like sugar.
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