The Paleo Lifestyle: 101
Named after the Paleolithic Era, the Paleo diet is based on what humans would have eaten and thrived on as hunters and gatherers. It’s been given many names like “the caveman diet” and “the stone-age diet” because Paleo doesn’t include any foods introduced after farming began, like dairy, grains, legumes and later, processed items.
Let’s start with the term “diet.” Notice I’ve called it a lifestyle, because this isn’t a “diet” in the traditional sense that it restricts calories. It’s more of a way of life — a long term commitment to consuming clean, unprocessed foods. Yes, some use paleo eating as a way to lose or maintain weight, while many others use this lifestyle to navigate food intolerance to dairy and gluten, as well as to remove preservatives and other processed food additives from their diet.
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Paleo: What to Eat
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed
- Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Oils from fruits and nuts
Check out my paleo pantry essentials here.
Paleo compliant foods are delicious and flavorful, especially when the diet is followed seasonally as a hunter and gatherer would. Seasonal produce is a treasure that the paleo diet takes advantage of fully.
The ingredients listed above are full of nutrients that will make you feel full and satisfied but with fewer “empty” calories that almost always fill processed foods.
Paleo: What to avoid
- Grains, like wheat, oats and barley
- Legumes, including beans, lentils, peanuts and peas
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
This means no pasta, bread, rice, cheese, or beans. It also means no soda, no candy, no sugar — thus eliminating many calorie dense, nutritionally deficient foods.
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Paleo Treats and Recipes
But that doesn’t mean you’ll never have a satisfying treat again! I’ve got a Rolodex of tried and true paleo recipes that I developed especially to make the sugar, wheat and dairy lifestyle and easy and delicious journey.
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One reminder! If you plan to make the transition to a paleo lifestyle, make sure to supplement calcium in your diet as you’ll not consume any dairy!