The Paleo Diet is another fad diet that has gotten the world by storm. However, it’s not some diet designed for weight loss. Instead, it’s more of an eating philosophy than anything. So what is it? In the next few paragraphs, you shall find out.
What is the Paleo Diet?
Think about how people ate in the Paleolithic era, before any technologies at all. People went around hunting for food and gathering plants and berries as well. This is basically what the Paleo Diet is. It takes foods that cavemen ate and discards processed, pre-packaged, and cultivated meals.
Why Do People Do This?
Cavemen needed lots of fat and protein since they needed to be strong while hunting. It was the survival of the fittest, after all. But after agriculture, the human body changed. Now we consume carbs and want less fat in our body. Grains and wheat were never in the cavemen’s diet, nor was many of the foods. People who eat a Paleo Diet believe that getting their body to its natural state by consuming foods in nature is the way that we were intended to be.
Pros and Cons
- -Eating too many carbs can cause weight gain. The Paleo Diet, on the other hand, involves few carbs, making it easy to burn fat. If you eat Paleo, exercise a lot, and watch your calories, you should be able to lose weight.
- You’re going to be cutting out all of the high sugar foods. No more sweets, no more sugar, no more white bread. If you eat Paleo only, you’ll be eating only healthy foods, giving your body the nourishment it needs.
- You get more nutrients from eating Paleo. Many health problems come from the lack of nutrition, and Paleo foods give you just that. Because you’re eating healthy, you’ll be feeling much better.
- You won’t have to worry about allergies. If you’re sensitive to gluten, intolerant to lactose, or whatever, you won’t have to deal with those.
- The Paleo diet is more customizable. You don’t have to eat at a certain time, or eat a certain amount. As long as you’re sticking to the same healthy amount of calories, you should be good.
- The Paleo diet cuts your risk of snacking. There is no way you’re going to binge on candy, cookies, chips, what have you, since you won’t be eating them. Because you’re eating healthy and balanced food, you don’t need to worry about eating too many empty calories.
- Finally, you’ll have a lot more energy since you’re eating just healthy foods. Many processed foods can make you feel bad, so by cutting them out, you can have more energy each day of the week.
- The Paleo diet can be high in fat. Since you’re just eating meats, eating a high-fat diet can mean that you’re going to gain weight if you’re not smart about the way you eat. Although meat used to be leaner, it’s more fattening now.
- It lacks certain nutrients. Calcium and vitamin D are hard to get since you’re not eating dairy, so you’ll be missing out on a few nutrients if you’re not careful.
- If you want to food that’s organic and free range, it can be expensive unless you hunt. Raw seeds and sprouted grains are also expensive, as are fruits and vegetables. Unless you have land that is rich in these foods, it is hard to do without spending too much.
- You need to adjust your energies. Your body burns carbs for energy, not fats. So you’ll feel out of whack until your body decides to adjust.
- The Paleo Diet isn’t good for vegetarians. Since it is centered around protein and doesn’t have legumes, vegetarians may find that the Paleo Diet isn’t really worth it.
- It lacks carbs. If you’re an athlete, you need plenty of those if you want to perform to your maximum potential.
However, it’s difficult to find carbs for your diet.
That said, what can you eat while on the Paleo Diet? Here is a list of foods you can eat, as well as foods you should avoid.
Paleo Diet Food List
So, let’s take a look at the foods you can and cannot eat while on the Paleo Diet.
Allowed on the Paleo Diet food list:
Lean meats — beef, venison, veal, lamb, bison, chicken, turkey, and more. (try to buy free-range, grass-fed, and organic as much as possible)
Seafood — shrimp, crab, mussel, and oyster.
Fish — bass, tilapia, salmon, and all the rest.
Eggs –Get organic, free-range eggs if possible. Otherwise, feel free to eat as many as you want.
Nuts-Raw nuts are good in moderation. You can toast them yourself so that they are even more delicious.
Vegetables-Green and crunchy veggies can help with your diet.
Oils-Coconut, olive, and avocado are just a few natural oils you should consume.
Fruits-You can eat any kind of fruit, but berries and fruits with low sugar should be the main part of your diet.
Foods to Avoid
- Processed foods-If it’s artificially flavored, pre-packaged, instant, what have you, it’s a no go.
- Grains-Cavemen couldn’t harvest them.
- Any dairy foods is prohibited
- Flour, as well as foods from flour
- Grains made from cereal
- Oils that are refined
- Refined sugar
Paleo Diet Tips
Have a big breakfast so you won’t go hungry for a while. Having an omelet helps with this.
Eat more food. Eat filling, heavy foods with your meals so that you can be full for longer. Put some more chicken on that plate, or eat some veggies with your meat.
For dessert, eat some berries or fruit. If you’re craving sweets, make desserts out of fruits and berries.
Empty your food pantry of non-Paleo foods if you must. This way, there’s no way you can cheat. Eat raw fruits and vegetables in their place.
Eat lots of eggs. Not only are they low in calories, but they’re easy to cook and you can use them in many recipes.
Make sure you’re liking what you cook. If you’re cooking food you don’t like, you’re going to cheat.
ALWAYS have eggs. They are one of the most versatile foods around, plus they’re low-calorie and easy to cook.
Don’t eat food on instinct. Plan your meals so that you don’t cheat on your diet on the last second.
Look for support groups online that can help out with your diet. Look for tips and advice.
Make sure to read the ingredients of the foods you buy so that you don’t eat something non-Paleo. This way, you know what you’re putting in your mouth at all times.
Paleo Diet Recipes
Here are a few recipes that are Paleo friendly and can help to get you started. Your foods don’t have to be simple, and you’ll find out that there are plenty of delicious foods you can eat in its place. Here are some recipes that should cover a day’s worth of food.
1/4 cup of pureed pumpkin
2tbs almond milk
1 tsp maple syrup
1tbs vanilla extract
2tbs coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon for taste
1/4 tsp ground ginger for taste
1/8 tsp ground cloves for taste.
2 tsp vegetable oil. Adjust if you need more.
Combine almond milk, pumpkin, syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin into a bowl until smooth. In a different bow, combine coconut flour, salt, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, almond meal, and baking soda. Once you do this, combine both bowls together.
Leave the batter be for a few minutes until you put dollops of batter into a hot and oiled frying pans. Flip over once bubbles appear, and cook until it’s brown.
Lunch: Paleo Coconut Stir Fry Curry
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1tbs minced ginger
1tbs lime juice
1tbs fish sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsps minced garlic
1/2 tsp chile garlic sauce
2tbss white sugar or sugar substitute
1tbs avocado oil
1 pound of chopped, bite-sized chicken breasts
1/2 sliced onion
1 1/2 tsps curry powder
2 cups broccoli florets
Stir the fish sauce, lime juice, oyster sauce, garlic, sugar, coconut milk, and chili-garlic sauce in a bowl. Meanwhile, heat the avocado oil with a skillet until it’s hot. Prepare the chicken like a stir-fry, making sure it’s browned.
In another skillet, heat the onions and the curry powder. Add the broccoli and cook it for a bit, and then add the coconut milk in. Simmer the sauce for couple minutes, and then add the chicken into this curry mix and allow it to cook.
Dinner: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Walnut
2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, halved in the horizontal manner
6 oz halved walnuts
8 slices of bacon
Preheat oven to a hot 350 degrees F ( or 175 degrees C). Tenderize the chicken and make sure they’re about the same thickness. Use a tenderizer to pound the slices of chicken, and make sure they’re about the same thickness. Scoop some walnuts onto the chicken, spreading and rolling them around the breasts. Wrap the bacon around your chicken and use toothpicks so that the bacon stays. Cook the chicken in a skillet until the bacon is crispy, and then bake the chicken in an oven for 30 minutes.
Paleo Taco Salad
2tbss chili powder
2 tsps ground cumin
2 tsps garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper if you want to taste it
1 pound ground beef
1 diced onion
2 minced cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of salsa
1tbs lime juice
2 shredded romaine hearts
3 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Combine all the spices in a bowl. Afterwards, mix in the spices with the garlic and onions, as well as the ground beef. Cook the beef to your preferred settings. Meanwhile, combine the lime juice with the salsa. Put some lettuce on a platter, and then pour the salsa and meat combinations on top. Cover with the tomatoes and chopped cilantro.
Chocolate Paleo Frosting
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey
2tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
Just combine them all in your food processor until it’s nice and smooth. Enjoy!
And there you have it. That’s the Paleo Diet, and there are a few of the recipes that come along with it. You don’t have to eat like a caveman to eat like a caveman. The Paleo Diet is obviously not for everyone, but if you’re thinking about eating the most natural way possible, try it out. It has many benefits and might be able to do something for you. Look up some recipes to help you out, or try your own. Either way, you can’t go wrong. The diet may not be for you, but it’s definitely worth trying out.