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paleo-dietWhat is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is also known as the Caveman Diet, or Primal eating. Eating paleo style means that the foods you eat coincide with those that our primal ancestors in the stone age ate. The Primal diet is a high protein, high fiber, high natural fat diet that includes many nutritious foods. It also removes any processed food, including sugar, grains (even gluten free grains,) dairy, and legumes such as soy, potatoes, peanuts, and processed vegetable oils.

5422706 Paleo DietYou may be asking yourself, what is left to eat? The answer is, plenty of whole foods that are packed with nutrition! The Paleo diet includes ample amounts of humanely raised meats, vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and healthy fats from animals, nuts and seeds, including coconut oil. As far as dairy is concerned, most strict primal eaters do not eat dairy. However, there are some that do choose to consume some forms of dairy, such as raw goat dairy or home-fermented yogurts and kefir. Regardless of whether you choose to indulge in dairy or not, the foundation of caveman eating is sticking to a whole foods diet that excludes any man-made, processed or refined foods. When first beginning this lifestyle, it can be difficult getting used to this new way of eating, as it does require more time planning and preparing traditional foods than eating convenience foods of modern day.

Although deciding to go Primal means cutting out modern day processed junk, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice some of your favorite meals. There are many alternatives within the Paleo diet that come pretty close to traditional American favorites. The internet is chock full of delicious Paleo recipes for meals like Spaghetti Squash and Marinara or meat sauce, primal pizza crust made out of either nut or seed flours, coconut flour, or even cauliflower. You can even enjoy ethnic styles of eating, from healthy Asian inspired meals, such as sweet and sour chicken wings, cauli-fried rice, beef and broccoli, and pork rinds. There are recipes for various kinds of muffins, pancakes, waffles, even ice cream, puddings, pies, cakes, and many other delicious desserts. Paleo cookbooks are becoming increasingly popular, so if you choose to pursue this lifestyle, you will not be without a myriad of resources between constantly emerging cookbooks and the hundreds of bloggers online who love to post recipes for their fellow primal eaters.

images paleo dietWhat are the benefits of eating Paleo?

The Paleo Diet is beneficial for anyone wanting to shed pounds, obtain lean muscle, and control blood sugar levels. The Paleo Diet is an anti-inflammatory diet, and so has gained much recognition for people suffering from auto-immune conditions, as well as diabetes. It has also been cited for decreasing the risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.

Paleo-Diet food planTransitioning from modern eating habits of loading up on sugar and carbohydrates to the much healthier lifestyle of primal eating can be hard at first, as your body will be used to its up and down cycles of blood sugar surges and crashes. However, as you get used to creating habits of filling up with protein, healthy carbs from veggies and fruit, and nutritious fats, you will notice that you feel full for much longer, and do not find the need to snack as often. Your body will naturally burn more calories and fat at a faster rate, and at the same time your body will be receiving a steady stream of nutrition and energy from the whole foods you consume. The Paleo Diet is wonderful for regulating blood sugar, shedding extra pounds, and boosting your immunity and overall health because it provides all the nutrients your body requires in its natural form that we were intended to consume.

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