The Paleo Diet is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Preservative Free. Referred to as the Caveman Diet or Stone Age Diet. The Paleolithic period was 10,000 years ago. The Paleolithic period is pre-agriculture and before man discovered fire. Beans, potatoes and many grains are inedible raw. The caveman only ate non-toxin edible foods. In the Paleolithic period dairy products were not consume because animals had not been domesticated. Therefore, milk was not consumed. The Paleo Diet includes: lean meat, fish, poultry, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. Excluded from the diet are grains, potatoes, legumes, dairy produces, salt, refined sugar and processed foods.
The Paleo diet is nothing more than ditching today’s processed food habits and switching to high quality (preferably raw) foods that our digestive systems were meant to consume. By doing so, the argument is that our bodies begin to run in a best state. Anecdotally (and scientifically), reports are all saying the same thing about this type of diet — that multitudes of health problems go away, digestion operates efficiently, migraines go away, excess weight is lost, sleep disruption and anxiety problems decline and energy levels become optimum.
Foods to avoid on the paleo diet include refined sugars, salt, starchy tubers, legumes (including peanuts), grains, processed meat, and dairy products. Different advocates of the Paleo diet argue for different levels of strictness; some purists believe in cutting out harvest able legumes such as green beans and allowing the only beverages to be water and green tea, while others say that it’s okay to be loose on the rules since, after all, this is the 21 st century, not the Paleolithic era. However, all of the proponents of the Paleo diet believe in its health value, which makes sense since the diet cuts out refined sugar, processed food, and extra salt. Many foods are restricted on the Paleo Diet, including sugar, salt, potatoes, legumes, grains, dairy and all processed foods. This diet can be socially disruptive because dieters will find it hard to find acceptable foods to eat when dining out. Paleo foods are nutrient dense. Supplementation would not be needed, and would not be paleo. There is one exception: Vitamin D . At least it should be supplemented for those of us that don’t live outside year round, and don’t eat liver regularly. See recommendations at the Vitamin D Council . If you don’t eat fish often, fish oil is another way to get Omega 3 fatty acids, though some prefer krill oil .
Most people think of diets as a means to starve yourself thin. I think the Paleo diet is more of a lifestyle change, maybe one which could be more healthy than some others. Those people will never know unless they give it a chance! Just give it a chance! Eat a paleo diet for 30 days and see how you feel. But, be strict about it . If you are testing to see if a primal diet works then you must stick to eating only approved foods.
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