If you have been wondering what all the fuss is about with regards to the Paleo lifestyle you have come to the right place! In looking at many Paleo recipes the biggest thing to note is each recipe uses real food from salad dressings, sauces, to throwing away the can of Pam spray and cooking with bacon grease. While you can lose weight following a Paleo lifestyle the biggest benefit is you will be eating your way towards optimal health. Below are some core principles of paleo diet.
Dana Carpender, author of “500 Paleo Recipes” provides some great tips on following a Paleo ‘lifestyle’.
- No grains, beans, or potatoes. Nothing that must be cooked to be edible. Especially gluten and no soy.
- No refined or separated sugars.
- No polyunsaturated vegetable oils.
- Eat plenty of animal protein and animal fats. There is no such thing as a vegetarian paleo diet.
Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, lists his dos and don’ts:
DO EAT – Fruits, Vegetables, Lean meats, Seafood, Nuts and seeds, and Healthy fats.
DON’T EAT – Dairy, Grains, Processed food and sugars, Legumes, Starches, Alcohol.
- As frequently as possible eat fresh, rather than packaged foods – fresh meats, poultry and fish, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits.
- Avoid additives – eating fresh foods will dramatically reduce your intake of additives right there.
- Choose grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised pork and chicken, pastured eggs, and wild-caught fish as much as you can.Some issues may arrive based on cost or availability do the best you can. Do remember these foods are superior to conventially raised foods. They provide better omega-6/omega 3 ratio than conventionally raised food.
- Also choose organically raised fruits and vegetables as often as possible.
- Gauge your carbohydrate intake by your waistline and blood sugar. Paleo is not strictly low carb, which allows you to indulge in starchy root veggies, squashes, and a wide variety of fruit.
- Get your self some vitamin D by way of sunshine, enough sleep, and Exercise.
At the beginning of this post you noticed I provided a picture and link to a Paleo recipe. http://paleomg.com/ is a great resource if you are looking from some delicious and versatile Paleo recipes. For details on the referenced recipe follow: http://paleomg.com/easy-shredded-pork-caramelized-mashed-plantains/
You may or may not feel this lifestyle is right for you. I do encourage you to try a recipe or two and then decide.