Paleo 101 — A guide for wandering beginners

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What is Paleo Diet?

The paleo diet is a health effort to make people eat like humans used to eat. You may think of it as a journey to meet the caveman and ask them what they ate. It may seem like it but the effort is more geared towards finding how people used to eat as humans and not as consumers. Given that the consumer packaged products are riddled with preservatives and food colorings and artificial flavors that it has made our diets unnatural and which is a cause of most of modern problems. The paelo diet is not simply a diet plan, it is a complete lifestyle incorporating proper sleeping patterns and eating habits.

Why Are People Shifting to Paleo Diet?

Nobody likes counting calories, or obsessing over how many grams of some nutrient their every meal should have. Not to mention worrying about which calories are needed at what time — obvious a 300 calorie punch you get from protein and vegetable cannot equal 300 calories from energy bar.

With paleo diet, you will be mostly relying on naturally occurring nutrient rich foods. As a result, overtime counting calories will literally become a lost art to you because paleo helps build muscle and lose weight and get in shape by naturally digesting, naturally occurring foods.

Paleo Guidelines

Are you new to the paleo diet? Then follow the following guidelines — they will put your right back on track for a healthy and invigorating paleo experience:

  1. Eat only when you’re hungry. Stop worrying if you’re not hungry at a meal — just skip it, and do what feels most natural.
  2. Make your diet low in non-toxic carbohydrates, moderate in protein content and high in good fat.
    • Good sources of paleo saturated fats include clarified butter, coconut oil, lard, and beef tallow. Drizzle macadamia oil, avocado, and olive on salad, or food.
    • Good sources of paleo protein include poultry, organs (liver, kidney, heart), red meat, eggs, shellfish, and wild caught fish and shellfish.
  • Good sources of paleo carbohydrates include cooked and raw frozen vegetables. Starchy vegetables like yams and sweet potato are a great source of non-toxic carbohydrates.
  1. Cut off legumes and cereal grains from your diet. These include black eyed peas, rye, barley, brown rice, soy, peanuts, pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans, oats, corn, wheat, etc.
  2. Eliminate added sugar. This means striking all packaged juices and sweets and soft drinks.
  3. Use grass fed meat instead of grain fed meat. Otherwise use lean cuts of meat and supplement your intake of fat with butter and coconut oil.
  4. Use fruits and nuts that have high antioxidant content. Include moderate amounts of nuts and fruits in your diet.
  5. Prefer organic, local and seasonal vegetables and fruits.
  6. Sleep at least 8 hours per night. Complete your sleep at all costs. Re-educate your body clock by trying to wake up without an alarm and going to bed when it’s dark.
  7. Enjoy the sun. Relieve stress, have fun, relax, laugh, smile, travel, discover, learn the joys of life, and take the dose of healthy vitamin D!

Start Your Paleo Diet Today!

Get on the natural and traditional life style of our ancestors and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. All the best!

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Steven Waddell
I am a survivor, a health coach, a martial artist and more.

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