What Is The Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! It’s a focus on eating natural, real food that is widely available with little or no processing. In other words, the paleo diet focuses on eating the way nature intended us to eat.
Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.
Want more? Check out our The Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet, as it covers all these points and more in greater detail.
6 Good Reasons to Switch to a Paleo Diet
With so many diet plans being pitched to you on a daily basis, what makes Paleo the right choice? Here are the five best reasons to make the switch to a healthier you with Paleo:
Reason #1: Effective weight loss
By design, Paleo is a low-carb diet but that’s not the end of it. Paleo is about removing all sorts of processed foods from your diet which significantly reduces carb intake which can lead to effective weight loss. By limiting carbs from your diet, you can avoid gaining unwanted which is usually a result of excess carbohydrate intake.
Reason #2: Helps You Sleep Better
By cutting out the chemicals and additives in typical food sources you’ll find that your body naturally gets tired at night. This is because the serotonin that your brain releases as a signal that it’s time to sleep is not overridden by other chemicals from food.
Reason #3: It’s Not Confusing
You won’t be faced with the challenge of keeping track of a point system, counting calories, counting carbs, or forced to buy brand name pre-packaged diet foods to succeed. There’s not a guru that has the secret under lock and key. It’s a simple way of eating clean and healthy.
Reason #4: Paleo Diet is Rich in Nutrients
One of the misconception about the Paleo diet is that it's all about protein and fat. We supplement with loads of vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, berries and fruit, all of which are full of minerals and vitamins.
Reason #5: More Muscle, Less Fat
Paleo relies heavily on consuming significant amount of protein – the healthy kind. If you are trying to build muscle and gain less fat, Paleo allows you to consume good amount of protein which helps in building muscle mass but limits gaining of fat. The more muscles you have, the better your metabolism works – essentially you become a fat-burning machine. Of course, you need a good muscle-building routine for this.
Reason #6: Tastiest “Diet Food” on the Planet
Maybe that’s why so many who try the Paleo diet stick with it and make it into a lifestyle. Once you master the right substitutes there’s few dishes that are off limits. You’ll find hundreds of delicious recipes you can start making today and you’ll never look back!
What Can I Eat
The diet is based on the idea that humans evoled over millions of years under environmental conditions that shaped the human genome. The human genome has changed little since then, so a diet similar to the one they ate then is best.
Eat Organic Whole Foods!
What to Eat
In general, you will be eating…
- Meat (all kinds), fish (all kinds), and eggs.
- Vegetables (all kinds). Note that corn is not a vegetable. Corn is a grain, and it isn’t Paleo.
- Fruits (all kinds, but not fruit juice).
- Healthy fats: the big players are olive oil, coconut oil, and animal fat (lard, butter, duck fat, etc.)
- Spices and herbs (all kinds)
- Nuts, in small amounts. Note that peanuts are not nuts. Peanuts aren’t Paleo.
Avoid Packaged Foods!
What Not to Eat
Here is the list of non-Paleo foods to avoid:
- Grains, including wheat, rice, corn, barley, etc.
- Legumes, including soy, lentils, peanuts, and beans (lima beans, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, etc.)
- Industrial oils: canola oil, soybean oil, “vegetable oil,” peanut oil, cottonseed oil, etc.
- Dairy products, including milk, yogurt, cheese, creams, etc.
- Note that “evaporated cane juice” is a code name for sugar.
Why No Gluten, Soy, Dairy, And Legumes
A little preparation and self assertion are all you need to make eating in a restaurant almost as easy as eating at home.
It can be tricky in the beginning, but once you get the hang of what menu items to look for and what questions to ask, you’ll have no trouble navigating restaurant situations.
Here are some of the tricks from the blog so you can enjoy yourself in restaurants without worrying about trashing your good habits or feeling deprived.
Paleo Success Stories
Stories of success from around the web where people took back control of their life - through their stomachs - to lose weight, fight disease, and become happy again using the Paleo lifestyles. If you want proof that Paleo works (or if you need help convincing someone else) Read their stories below.
Paleo is “SOOOOOO expensive!!!”
Of course, there are long-term benefits of better health, but purchasing paleo-friendly food can quickly eat up your food budget.
To help you try this new style of eating, I scoured the web and found some of the ways to live the healthy Paleo lifestyle without breaking your wallet.
The best part about eating Paleo is that the food can be absolutely delicious and easy to prepare. Get started by browsing through some of our popular recipes.
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The Paleo? No Problem! Mission
Our mission at Paleo No Problem is to give you the tools, strategies, and resources to practically and easily implement the Paleo diet into your life. Our goal is to help you reclaim your health, body, and feel your best.
To get started on your Paleo journey, find out more about the Paleo diet (like "what is and isn't Paleo") here.