Paleo is also known as Paleolithic diet. I don’t necessarily love calling it a diet as it’s more of a basis for a way of life because it includes way more than just food, but for today’s sake we’ll just focus on that part.
Paleo diet is a tad more strict than the outlined information below. Paleo refers to only eating things that cavemen use to eat so this does not include cheese, vegetable oils, chocolate, or anything like that. Just meat, veggies, fruits, and nuts. This is a small formality, but one that is important to know the difference when comparing it to a Primal diet. So to be clear- Paleo recipes are Primal approved, but it doesn’t work the other way around.
The most important thing to know about a Primal dietary plan is that it’s designed to encourage you to eat more mindfully and be conscious of your food choices. It’s not extremely regimented as those types of diets usually fail, as we have all experienced at one time or another.
With the assistance of a physician, nutritionist, or someone like myself (coming soon: June 2019) this is designed to be an easy adjustment period and not so stressful and all consuming. To get your name on the list of people who are notified once I am accepting clients, click here.
For the sake of reference, the information that I’ll be specifically referring to from here on out is regarding a Primal regimen (Paleo with a twist). There are a number of reasons why different people choose to “Go Primal”. The main reason why I find it attractive and alluring is because of the cold hard science baby! Who can argue with that? Well, as we all know, there’s plenty that will try…
This program has the following perks:
- Energy levels maintained throughout the day, reducing the crash and burn people get from eating a high carbohydrate/high sugar diet.
- Weight loss with ease- shed those excess pounds without the stressful impact on your body that other “diet” and exercise programs require.
- Improve bone density without harmful medications
- Reduce your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and more!
Now if that doesn’t sound like something worth jumping on board for, I don’t know what does! This topic of course can go way deep down into some serious discussions, but there’s not enough time within one blog post to give you all the juicy details. If you’re wanting to follow all of the insider information- be sure to join the community and stay connected!
Foods that you’ll definitely want to consume more of are vegetables. They are probably the cheapest and healthiest item on your grocery store shopping trip. If at all possible, I recommend buying organic so you’re not ingesting the toxins that come along with modern day agriculture.
I do however, completely understand the affordability of this and that some stores hike up the prices generously where it adds up very quickly. So just do what you can. If you can eat organic on a few items, that’s better than nothing.
Then you’ll want to focus on animal protein. Fish oil/Omega 3s are amazing so if you can incorporate that into your diet a few times a week that would be preferred. If you need help picking out fresh fish, I recommend checking out: The Spruce Eats
Incorporate good fats into your diet. Good fats include: Avocados, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Nuts, and Seeds. We’ll talk about bad fats in a minute.
After that you can focus on nutrient dense carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, quinoa, wild rice, and squash. Fruits can also be eaten, but they do contain natural sugars so you don’t want a diet with a large amount of fruits.
Berries are a good item to sprinkle in, I’m a fan of black berries myself. This is probably because growing up we had a black berry vine on a fense in our back yard and I use to eat them like a bear going in hibernation!
Dairy can be eaten, I know there are some people who don’t eat dairy with Paleo- they have their own reasons. Many people do have an intolerance to dairy and probably shouldn’t be eating it. I personally cannot drink milk as it irritates my stomach. I don’t have that same issues with other dairy like cheese.
High fat dairy is what you’ll want to eat, if you’re choosing dairy. That includes milk, yogurt, cream, aged cheese, and fermented kefir or sour cream.
Lastly is the spices, I know this may not sound like an obvious thing. But you’d be surprised at how many spice blends include sugar- which blows my mind. I didn’t think that when buying a Medeterranian spice mix for my chicken that it would have sugar in it, but it did.
Fats & Carbs
Bad fats are saturated and trans fats. These can be found in the packaged foods in your freezer section or ready-made-meals that are in box or package form. They can even be hiding in your lunch meats so just check the labels. To get the skinny on what good fats are vs what bad fats you want to avoid, a good book I recommend checking out is Good Fat, Bad Fat by Romy Dolle.
Carbohydrates that you’ll want to try and stear away from or limit include bread, white rice, cereal, pasta, corn, brown rice, legumes, and anything with whole grains or gluten.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding all of this information. I look forward to chatting with you all very soon! I’m making an announcement to my community members via email this Sunday about some changes I’ll be making to the blog, to be in the know click the red button below!
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Reference: Mark’s Daily Apple