What is this "Paleo Diet" I keep hearing about?
If our cavemen ancestors didn't eat it, neither should we. This is basically how the Paleolithic diet works. So anything that can't be hunted, found hanging off a tree or lying around somewhere is a big fat no-no.
This all sounds a bit boring, awkward and hard work. Why should I bother?
Before you click off of this page, just think about this for a minute.
The typical person now:
Overweight, unhappy, stressed out, fatigued and prone to so many preventable diseases.
The typical hunter gatherer:
Slim, athletic, muscular, agile, adaptable and very healthy.
You know it's the sad truth.
So what happened?
Mankind discovered farming and thought it was bloody brilliant. And fair enough, it was. But the problem is that even today, thousands of years later, our bodies still haven't adjusted properly to all these newfangled grains we now eat on a daily basis. We were seriously awesome at the whole hunter-gatherer thing we had going on, and our bodies liked it that way. Our genetics simply just haven't gotten used to it yet because we were hunting for so damn long.
Our bodies are unable to convert what we eat into energy - so we store it into extra chub. We have become a species completely dependent on grains (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and processed foods. Thinking back to how I described the typical person now, does this sound like a good thing? No. No, it doesn't.
What can I eat then?
But let me just say that these animals should have been grass-fed, not grain-fed. Grains suck for animals just as much as they do for humans.
Oh, and don't eat processed rubbish like spam or hot dogs.
You can have chicken, turkey, steak, pork, veal, beef, lamb, venison, pheasant and quail.
All species are good to go. Just make sure you're aware of mercury levels. The smaller the fish, the lower the levels of toxins and heavy metals and higher the levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Knock yourself out. Obviously local and organic are better though.
- Fruit and Vegetables
All fruit is good. All veg is good. Organic fruit and veg is especially good. The reason local is better is because the less time they spend in a van on their way to you, the more nutrients they keep. If you're trying to lose weight though, limit your fruit intake because all of the sugar and carbs, y'know?
- Nuts and Seeds
All nuts and seeds are allowed here. And just for the record, peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes, which are not on this list. Sorry about that. No more peanut butter and jelly for you.
Please don't eat...
This means flour too. Yep, that means anything that is made using flour. So breads, cakes, muffins, cookies. Coconut flour and almond flour are okay though!
Rice, corn, tortillas, crisps/chips, quinoa, oats, wheat, rye, etc.
Milk, butter, cream, cheese, cream cheese, yoghurt, whey protein powders, the whole shebang.
- Legumes and Beans
Anything and everything soy. Lentils, pinto beans, black beans, baked beans, peanuts. Green beans and snap peas are allowed!
How will all of this effort pay off?
- Effortless weight loss
That's right. You heard me (or read me, whatever). By just changing your diet to Paleo, the weight will drop off. Okay, so it's awesome that you're eating more natural, but apart from that, almost better - you're not eating all the un-natural crap that you were before. That plays a massive part in all of this.
The Paleo diet shrinks your fat cells. That skinny chick you can't stand at work, she doesn't have no fat cells - she has them. alright! They're just small. Everybody has them, whether they're big or small, that depends on your diet. Now don't you feel better?
- More muscle (less fat)
This diet relies quite a bit on meat, which is protein. Especially if you combine weight training, or if you don't and just exercise regularly by living in your 21st century hectic lifestyle, you'll develop leaner muscles and a better physique.
- Better sleep
Because you won't be consuming a shed-load of chemicals and additives anymore, you're body will naturally become tired at night. No more staring at the ceiling at 3am because you had a can of Red Bull and a crate-full of chocolate earlier that evening.
- More energy
The great thing about the Paleo diet is that you can eat as much as you want because you don't need to count calories, what with it being all healthy and natural and all that. This means if you start to crash out, you can simply eat some more. You don't have to resort to energy drinks and sugar-filled snacks. You're getting a well balanced diet full of protein, carbs and veg.
- All-you-can-eat nutrients
As you can eat any fruit and vegetable you want, you're eating the entire rainbow. They say that the brighter the food (minus the food colouring) the more nutrients it contains. The very least you can get from a variety of vegetables is potassium, dietary fibre, folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
- Less allergies
How many times have you seen those expensive products in the shop, the ones with the flashy labels "gluten-free", etc.? Don't you see that they're using that to make money, yet they're still feeding you grains, only another type? So whether you're lactose intolerant or coelic, this is a good idea.