The paleo diet, or the “Caveman” diet, is a diet that consists of foods that only cavemen would have eaten, or to put it better, only foods that would have been available during this time.
That means, no bread, no processed foods, no grains, no dairy, a lot of vegetables, berries, nuts, and meat.
Different people do Paleo differently, some eat dairy products and some don’t, some eat root vegetables like potatoes and some don’t, but the main idea behind paleo is to eat like a caveman…or cavewoman. 😉
Benefits of the paleo diet
- High in whole foods- because processed foods are not a part of the typical caveperson diet, you will be eating a lot of whole vegetables, meats, and fruits.
- Low in sugar and simple carbs– cutting things like bread, rice, grains, and processed sugar and sweets out your diet will greatly reduce the amount of sugar and simple carbohydrates from your diet, and this can help stabilize blood sugar levels and decrease fat.
- High in protein- Foods like chicken, fish, beef, organ meats, and nuts are all high in protein and make up a big part of the paleo diet. Protein helps you feel full, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and helps your body and muscles repair and grow.
- High in healthy fats- Paleo diets are high in healthy fats from sources like like nuts, avocados, eggs, and seeds.
Should you try out Paleo?
Generally speaking, most of us could benefit from eating less grains and carbohydrates, more vegetables and protein, and higher levels of healthy fats: given that the paleo diet can encourage all of these things to happen in your diet, I do believe that it is a great diet for people to try out.
It isn’t uncommon for people on a paleo diet to lose weight, feel more energy, and build muscle especially if your diet wasn’t too good to begin with.
Any way of life that helps you to achieve these goals is far better than most diets out there at the moment, so paleo may be a good option for a lot of people confused about what to eat.
I tend to eat something like a paleo diet myself, but I eat more of a general low carb diet high in protein (dairy, whey, meat, nuts), healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, grassfed butter, avocados, eggs, nuts, chia/flax seeds), high in veggies (like spinach, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, kale, and green beans) and low in carbs (only a small amount of fruits like berries, cherries, or papaya).
I think the magic formula for everyone is a little different, and different diets and food choices work better for different people; however, paleo can be a great diet to try out.
Try it for yourself and see!
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