You have probably asked and wondered – So what is eating “paleo”? Its based on what scientists believe the Paleolithic diet (about 10,000 years ago) and lifestyle was like before we had ovens, and fields and crops and all the aspects of our modern agricultural diet. The concept was first conceived in the 70s by Walter L. Voegtlin. The current movement is based on the extensive research of Loren Cordain, Ph.D. and his team of paleo diet team. He has written several books on the diet and his research.
The diet is simple in that you can easily choose what to eat that is readily available and most importantly what NOT to eat. The diet seeks to be similar to be similar to what someone living in the Paleolithic era would have eaten including vegetables, fresh fruits, lean meats and seafood. These foods are high in soluable fiber, vitamis, omega-3s and lots of other great stuff.
What these foods do NOT have is refined sugars, the bad fats, salt, high-glycemic carbs, and lots of processing. In short cut the dairy and grain products and focus on fruits, veggies and proteins. Some call the diet the “hunter-gatherer” diet as its what foods were readily available to the hunter gatherer life style.
There are a large number of books available and different approaches to the paleo diet. Some focus on different ratio of plants (carbs) to animal (proteins). Others mix optimal exercise lengths and types that would have been similar to the paleo time period.
Some tips for eating paleo:
1. Really take your time to figure out what you enjoy eating with in the spectrum of the paleo diet
2. Plan your meals as your cooking style will have to change from less baking to more grilling and other methods
3. Allows a “paleo break” when needed and have a small snack or meal that includes a few non-paleo items
4. Plans your snacks carefully – this will be important to ensuring you don’t fall off the wagon – having the right snacks around will help
5. Try a wide variety of vegetables and consider different cooking methods including grilling which can be delicious
6. Spices can liven up different means and provide more variety
Eating paleo can be a big change in life style that not only impacts what you eat but also how you shop, how you cook, how you snack and how you eat out. The good news is that eating paleo can be fairly easy as the right foods are widely available. The bad news is you have to really plan and be ready for a major adjustment in diet. The benefits for weight loss, energy level, and overall health can be extremely positive and is something to consider.
Paleo diet for beginners
Paleo Food List
Some inspiring quotes to get people on the paleo diet
“The greatest wealth is health.” ~ Virgil
“The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.” ~ John Redman Coxe
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn
“Focus on eating meat and veggies and let the magic happen.” ~ Matt McCarry (Paleo Parents)