The Paleo diet will have great appeal for those who love meat, fruit and veggies and who feel they can go without bread, cereal, pasta and sugar-filled sweets.
Popularly known as the ‘caveman’ diet, it is a dietary plan roughly based on what our ancestors consumed during the Paleolithic era.
You know, when we were hunters/gatherers and had to find our food each day.
The current version of the diet is not an exact replication of their diet (whew, that’s good!), but merely a concept of what their diet would most likely have been like – basically healthy, wholesome food that is not full of additives, preservatives and other harmful substances so often found in today’s standard western diet.
The Paleo diet has seen a surge in popularity with thousands of people extolling its benefits. Books on the subject such as “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf have become best sellers.
There is no denying that the paleo solution works and it is a healthy way of life.
The diet itself is simple. There is a list of foods you can eat and a list of foods that you cannot eat.
But…the simplicity stops there. The difficulty arises when one has to strictly adhere to the foods that you can eat.
Most of us grew up on cereal, bread, milk, chocolates, burgers, ice-creams, etc. – foods that we have grown to love. In fact, we love these foods so much that obesity has reached epidemic proportions.
While most popular diets give you a list of foods that are not good for you, the paleo diet goes one step higher and just strikes off ingredients.
For example, a standard low-calorie diet will state that you should not eat doughnuts. The Paleo diet states that you will not consume sugar.
With this ONE condition, it has just eliminated a huge chunk of foods. Grains are also not allowed. Another big chunk of foods eliminated. Really? Yep. That means that bread, pizzas, burgers, cookies and cakes and more are out too. So are processed meats such as hot dogs, salami and pepperoni.
You are only expected to eat grass fed meats, fish, poultry, fruit, non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, spinach, etc.
Eggs and vegetable oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, and avocado oil are allowed as fats. You can only consume these foods.
Just because the diet is restrictive does not mean that it has to be boring.
In fact, it is highly advisable that you have as many Paleo recipes as possible at your fingertips. Since you have sacrificed so many foods that you considered delicious, your body will be craving these forbidden foods. Tasty Paleo dishes will ease the mental torture.
To get you started it is helpful to get a Paleo cookbook such as one of these and learn what you can eat and how to transform these foods into tasty dishes. With a little effort Paleo dishes can be quite tasty.
Once you have gotten used to the diet your cravings will slowly decrease until there are none left after a few weeks. In fact, even the smell of junk food may turn you off in the future.
Your body will be used to healthy food and will be repulsed by food that is not good for it.
You will soon be leaner, healthier and feel much better.
These are the priceless benefits of the Paleo diet and worth all the sacrifice. It would be great to incorporate an exercise program into your daily schedule so that you reap the full benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Then, you will truly be fit and fabulous.