Issue 02 • May 2012

Paleo Diet 101

How to eat like the cavemen (and crossfitters) do

The Paleo diet mimics the lifestyle that our cavemen ancestors followed—a diet free of processed foods, sugars, alcohol, dairy, and grains. The Paleo diet is high in protein, fibrous vegetables, and healthy fats, which helps lead to a state of satiety. This combination of foods not only keeps the body feeling full, but it also helps to balance blood sugar levels throughout the day, which helps keep energy levels high. Many people report weight loss on the Paleo meal plan because the replacement of empty calorie foods, such as soda, pasta, and chips with more filling foods such as chicken, almonds, and veggies, tends to lead to a reduced overall calorie intake. The Paleo diet also helps to improve overall health levels. The typical American diet is full of refined foods, trans fats, and sugar, which cause obesity and degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and infertility.

Switching to Paleo can be a difficult because there are many foods that would normally be acceptable on other diets, but are off limits with Paleo. For example, Paleo followers should not eat dairy, grains, processed foods and sugars, legumes, starches, peanuts, or drink alcohol. They can eat fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, and certain nuts and seeds. Paleo also stresses grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and eggs, and fresh fruits and vegetables. This ingredient list is not only more expensive than the standard diet of rice and pasta, but it is also less convenient. Some high-end companies offer pre-prepared Paleo-style meals for delivery, but for most of us who cannot afford to cater every day, following a strict Paleo diet can be very time consuming.

Article by Mindy Black



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