If you are like 2/3 of Americans, you struggle with weight loss. Nutritionists reveal new findings of what constitutes a healthy diet almost every day. At the same time, new fad diets are constantly sweeping the country’s magazine racks, bookstores, and talk shows. The Paleo Diet may seem purely a fad but it’s actually low sodium, sugar-free, and gluten-free. Supporters say it’s the best diet for fighting everything from obesity to acne including inflammation which is linked to so many chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis even high blood pressure.
The premise is that our stomachs haven’t evolved much since the Stone Age about 10,000 years ago. By eating modern foods mimicking what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate we can be free from the chronic illnesses epidemic in today’s populations. Even if you find the science behind the diet questionable, you can’t argue that it’s healthy.
So, how do you mimic a caveman’s diet? Basically, you don’t eat any foods that are cultivated, processed, or contain preservatives or artificial sweeteners. That means no refined sugars, grains, starchy tubers, legumes, dairy products, processed meats, oils, or salts.
But let’s focus on what you CAN eat. There are tons of easily available paleo-friendly recipes for the discerning dieter. Nobody likes a diet that feels restricted and tastes bland, and those diets almost always fail.
Seasonings don’t strictly fit into the diet because our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t have access to them. But, if you don’t like the food you’re eating you’re most likely not going to stick to the diet. Be wary of hidden salt and sugar in the spices you love. There are many salt alternatives or natural salt substitutes and salt-free, sugar-free seasonings available. Many of these spice blends also tend to be gluten-free, which falls under the diet’s guidelines against grains.
Pretty much any meal pairing meat and vegetables or meat and greens (salads) is good to go. Just combine the meats that you eat now like beef, pork, lamb, veal, chicken, turkey, or fish, with a vegetable that you enjoy. Remember that many foods you already eat are just meat and veggies. Shish kabobs, stir-fries, [meat and veggie meal]
Egg salad, tuna salad, and chicken salad can all be eaten under the plan by using paleo friendly seasonings and mayo. Some of the most popular paleo recipes are soups, stews, and no bean chilis, so you’ll want to stock up on those types of salt-free, sugar-free seasonings.
You may need to reacquaint yourself with the differences between vegetables, legumes, and tubers. Legumes and tubers do not fall under the diet’s guidelines, which mean no peanuts, beans, or potatoes. There are many helpful websites with specific lists if you are wondering whether a food falls on the diet or not.
Beginning the Paleo Diet can seem daunting at first, as you are not supposed to eat many of the food staples of the modern diet.You might not realize how many recipes are already paleo friendly, or can be made to be with simple adjustments. Whatever you may feel about its premise, the Paleo Diet is a healthy diet lifestyle that can help you fight inflammation and help you with weight loss…