The Paleo Diet is a basic black and white diet.
The diet only has a handful of rules, eat:
- Lean Meats (Chicken, Steak, Fish, etc)
- Vegetables (Brocolli, Celery, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, etc)
- Fruit (berries, bananas, citrus fruits, etc)
- Nuts (Almonds, NO PEANUTS)
- No Starches (Pastas, Bread, Cereals, etc)
- No Sugar (Candy, Soda, Juices, etc)
In a nutshell, our nutritional requirements for optimal health are determined by our DNA, and our genes have been shaped by the environment of our ancestors, the caveman. Modern day staple and processed foods were not present during the reign of the caveman.
The human species once ate a complex unprocessed diet consisting of a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and meats rich in phytonutrients, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
The USDA reports that the top nine foods eaten by Americans are:
Whole cow"s milk 2 percent milk Processed American cheese White bread White flour White rolls Refined sugar Colas Ground beef
The nutritional value of these processed foods are not in alignment with out genetic makeup and when consumed manifests itself in various chronic illnesses. Specifically diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and high cholesterol.
Severely reducing or eliminating these processed foods fromÂ your diet and replacing them with lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts that possess nutrional value will improve your health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
The Paleo Diet has been proven to provide consistent weight loss. Within a week of starting this diet, you will notice the following changes in your body:
- Improvement in skin condition (acne, complexion, freshness)
- Increased Energy & Awareness
- Increased Strength
The single most impressive benefit of this program in my opinion is the sustained weight loss. Many "fad" diets produce results within 4-6 weeks only to later be washed away due to the impractical methods used for long term implementation. This diets simple removal of trans fat/grain intensive carbohydrates and approval of natural/organic foods lays the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and ensures a healthy future.
It goes without saying that in order to properly implement this diet in your daily lifestyle you will have to personally cook a majority of your meals. Fast food and restaurant chains do not have very many menu options that qualify as Paleo approved. Paleo specific foods as mentioned above are going to be your main source of nutrional intake, however for those of you who like to bake I have some good news!
Below I have listed a couple Paleo ingredients to substitute for conventional ingredients used in recipes to make cookies, pastries, etc that would turn your non qualified Paleo foods into qualified!
- Olive Oil (It is derived a vegetable) = Vegetable/Canola Oil
- Â Almond Flour (Derived from nuts) = All Purpose/Wheat Flour
- Almond Butter (Derived from nuts) = Butter
- Organic Fat Free Milk/Almond Milk = Whole Milk
- Egg Whites = Eggs
For the best and most practical results with the this diet. I encourage starting off with a 6 week challenge to eat Paleo qualifying foods for 6 days out of the week, on the 7th day use that as your cheat day to splurge. As you get more comfortable and knowledgable with the diet you can set challenges for yourself where you go an entire month only eating Paleo specific meals.