A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era. Been hearing a lot of talk about the “caveman” style of eating, the Paleo Diet, but you’re not quite sure what it’s all about?
Add more vegetables and then add more vegetables. No one really eats enough vegetables nowadays! Every meal you eat, you should have a nice solid portion of boiled, steamed or at least fresh veggies, the more variety the better! Since veggies have 7 to 11 times the amount of fiber that cereal grains contain, there’s no need to worry about lack there of, after cutting out your beloved oatmeal!
ADD GOOD FAT
Far too many are still stuck in the old mentality of low fat or even worse, fat free, being the way to go. By incorporating avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, some raw nuts in moderation as well as oily fish, like salmon or cod into our daily meals, we provide our bodies with a solid dose of all the fatty acids we need which help us feel satiated at each meal, keep our energy levels steady all day long and support every system in our body.
SPICE IT UP
Thinking it’s boring and tasteless if you’re not dousing your chicken in a sauce? When you go local and fresh, you’ll actually want to taste the actual taste of the meat itself, or the chicken or the fish. When you feel free to choose your favourite fresh or dried herbs and spices to compliment the flavours, rather than mask them, you’ll find the possibilities are even more endless than you thought!
EAT OFTEN & IN BALANCE
There are some proponents within the Paleosphere that suggest ‘eat unlimited fat’ or ‘calories don’t count’, neither of which are actually accurate. If you eat in balance in terms of making sure each meal has a good portion of complex carbs coming primarily from veggies, protein coming from fish, grass fed meat or pastured chicken and a good dose of fat, you’ll find you’re more satisfied, have a more balanced blood sugar level and steadier energy all day long and won’t have that midnight blood sugar crash to deal with in the first place!
IT’S A LIFESTYLE, NOT JUST DIET RULES
You might start the Paleo diet just to get your eating habits under control, to lose weight and to get more energy. But Paleo is more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle! Diet and lifestyle have to work together. If you’re looking for overall well-being then pay attention to things like your stress level, how much sleep you’re getting, the health of your relationships and taking time to play and enjoy nature. The Paleo lifestyle is centered around being active overall.