What Is The Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to…. like waaaayyyyyy back, no not in the 80’s (eh, milk and rusks for me, obviously ) If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. Simples!
This means anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish (yes!!), nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. So no sweets, biscuits, cake or other obvious junks foods but also no pasta, cereal or bread.
Essentially, if you didn’t make it, you don’t know what is in, therefore you shouldn’t eat it. It’s a pretty simplistic view but that’s how it works. Eat fresh, clean (this doesn’t involve scrubbing with Fairy liquid), unenhanced food.
What does “clean eating” mean?
“is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things, for instance, fewer calories or more protein etc., the idea is more about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate.”
It’s about eating real food. Not things that are produced in a factory, come in fancy bright packaging but those which are non-processed or have had minimal processing so that they are closest to their natural form as possible.
I’ll die if there is no bread in my life!!
No, you won’t. Cutting down on food stuffs like bread and pasta will benefit you immensely, honest! You’ll lose weight, lose that bloated feeling and have more energy.
Right so no pasta or bread, where are my carbs then? I’ll die if I don’t have carbs!!!!!
Get carbs from fresh vegetables, sweet potatoes and fruit. These foods are naturally occurring in the wild and don’t need to be processed in any way unlike grains/cereals etc. The other great thing about vegetables they are incredibly nutrient dense and calorie light – six servings of broccoli has 180 calories and only 36 grams of carbs. A single serving of pasta (and NOBODY eats just one serving of pasta) has 200 calories and 42 grams of carbs.
What about dairy?
Paleo followers tend to stay away from dairy – a portion of the world is lactose intolerant and those that aren’t usually have at least some type of issue with it, the reason being: no other animal drinks milk beyond baby years. Cavemen didn’t lug cows around with them whilst searching for food/avoiding dinosaurs – milk was consumed as a baby and that was it. Our bodies weren’t designed for massive dairy consumption.
What are the benefits?
There are hundreds of websites packed with free recipes, facebook pages, pinterest thingys etc. Lots of super easy to recreate recipes and some more complex for those who enjoy a challenge.
BEWARE the paleo desert recipes though. A desert is a desert – regardless of what title you give it. “Oh it’s a paleo cookie so I can eat 5 of them at one go ‘cos Paleo stuff won’t make you fat!” – NO. Nope. Never.
If you want a treat because you earned it, go for it. You did bloody earn it!! Well done!! Do you want to undo all your hard work during the week all that sweat and those tears over an overload of paleo biscuits.
Everything in moderation.
Websites worth a peep:
Where to find ingredients and other lovely Paleo goodies?
On this awesome little website: http://perfectlypaleo.co.uk/?ref=beachfitfitness
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