10 Guidelines To Starting the Paleo Diet
Whilst these Paleo diet guidelines will help you get started on this healthy way of eating…
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1. Eat a Diet Low In Carbs, High In Fat & Moderate In Protein
The Paleo way of eating should generally consist of a low-carb, high fat diet with a moderate amount of animal protein.
This doesn’t mean you have to cut carbohydrates completely out of your diet (after all they are found in fruit & vegetables which you need on Paleo).
Remember that healthy protein can be found in red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, livers, kidneys & fish are excellent sources of animal protein- don’t cut the fat out of these cuts as it should be eaten with the protein.
This Paleo Food List will provide you with a list of foods that you can & cannot eat.
2. No Calorie Counting
You do not need to count calories or limit yourself to the amount of portions you eat.
Not all calories are equal, for example 500 calories of organic broccoli will do you a lot more good than 500 calories of fast food that will leave you feeling hungry & craving more.
By eating a diet of nutrient dense, real Paleo foods you can basically eat as much as you like without having to worry about counting calories.
3. Eat Saturated Fats
On Paleo you are encouraged to eat saturated fats such as coconut oil, butter & the good fat found in avocados as well as lard & duck fat – fats found in grass-fed beef or lamb tallow are an even better source of animal fat.
4. Eat Generous Amounts Of Veggies
Eat plenty of vegetables either cooked or raw – starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams are also great as a source of healthy, non-toxic carbohydrates.
Remember organic veggies are best.
5. Eat Fruit & Nuts In Moderation
Fruit & nuts are good for you but try avoiding fruit that is high in sugar but opt for those that are high in antioxidants like berries as well as nuts high in omega-3, low in omega-6 and low in total polyunsaturated fat like macadamia nuts.
For anyone trying to lose weight quickly or those who suffer with autoimmune diseases or digestive problems it would be best to cut fruit & nuts right out of your diet.
6. Cut Out Cereals & Grains
Eliminate all cereals, grains as well as legumes including wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, brown rice, soy, peanuts, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans & black eyed peas.
Remember grains contain gluten which is bad for most people but downright dangerous for those who are gluten intolerant.
As Mark Sisson (a Paleo authority) from Mark’s Daily Apple says, grains may be solidly etched into our modern Western psyche, but not so much into our physiology – meaning that they do not agree with the human body.
7. Do Not Cook With Vegetable Oils or…
Eliminate all vegetable oils, hydrogenated & partly-hydrogenated oils including margarine, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.
8. No More Dairy
Strict Paleo eaters will eliminate dairy totally from their diets however there is a school of thought that this can be relaxed & that dairy can be consumed in moderation.
- Read these 5 Reasons To Avoid Dairy…
- Make your own Almond Milk which is a healthier substitute for cow’s milk
9. No More Sugary Foods Or Simple Carbs
Eliminate simple carbs, all sugars & processed foods
10. Get Plenty Of the Sunshine Vitamin
Get lots of sun – it’s good for you & a natural source of vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”.
Lastly, the Paleo way of eating has it’s detractors (& many supporters) but there’s no denying that eating wholesome healthy foods & avoiding those containing refined sugar, grains and processed foods, according to these Paleo diet guidelines, are beneficial to our health.
The success of the Paleo diet is in its attempt to mimic the type of natural, real foods that our paleolithic ancestors ate which was biologically & genetically more suitable for us humans than the modern day diet.
Whilst the Paleo diet has much to offer, in the way of improved health & weight loss, it is difficult to know exactly how to start eating according to proper Paleo principles to ensure that you scoop up all of the possible benefits.
Remember the sooner you start feeding your body with the type of foods that have the most positive impact on it, the sooner you will start seeing positive results
So in an attempt to clear up any confusion, the following Paleo diet guidelines are just what you need to know what you should eat & what you should not eat…
Eating a diet of nutrient dense, real foods will help you take control of your health & body to…
- Lose that extra weight just by eating correctly (not less)
- Wake up feeling energized rather than tired & lethargic