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What is the Paleo diet? To some people, a Paleo involves eating only that which they can tolerate. In other words, eat the healthiest and most delicious of foods. This is not Paleo dieting. Also known as the caveman’s diet or Stone Age diet, a Paleo diet involves consumption of whole and unprocessed foods which cause less harm to the body. It is therefore not really designed for weight loss. Here are some dos and don’ts of Paleo dieting:

The do’s

There are so many things that you have to do while on a Paleo diet. As aforementioned, this diet is based on what modern man assumes to have been the diet of the cavemen. As you probably know, these people were not so discriminative when it came to food. Here’s what you should focus on when you’re on the Paleo diet:

Eat lots of meat and eggs.

Paleo involves consumption of medium to high protein content. Meat, eggs and other animal products contain the highest protein content. The likes of beef, lamb, pork, salmon, tuna and other seafood will come in really handy. The egg yolk is of special importance for people who want to gain muscle and lose fat. It might sound a bit paradoxical but actually it does happen. Eat more proteins and you will lose fat.

Eat a wide variety of vegetables.

It is just as simple as that; eat all the vegetables that you can get your hands on. This is of course if you are not allergic to them. The green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kales come highly recommended. On top of that you should have the likes of cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, turnips and many others. Prepare them in any way you please- steamed, roasted, fried in coconut oil, baked- it is all your choice.

Consume healthy fats

This is another way of saying that you should forget about those processed fats you purchase from your local store. Try animal fats and other natural oils such as olive oil for salad, coconut oil when cooking, avocados, macadamias, almonds and cashews are a great source of good fats.

The don’ts

For your diet to be fully Paleo there are a few things here and there that you must avoid as much as possible. Avoid at all costs:

Sugar

It is highly unlikely that cavemen had a dish of table sugar and bottle of maple syrup stashed away in a cupboard carved from stone. Simply put, avoid added sugar as much as possible this includes the likes of Stevia and Splenda as well. You should also watch out for the amount of fructose you consume from fruits. If you want to lose weight, limit fruit consumption to about one or two servings per day.

Vegetable and seed oil

People who are fond of dining out will find this to be quite difficult. However, for home cooking simply replace it with olive oil or coconut oil.

Dairy products

Full fat dairy products such as Greek yogurt being consumed occasionally will not have any problem. But the likes of skim milk and low fat yogurt should be completely out of your diet. Low fat and processed dairy forms do not make the cut into a Paleo diet.

 

James Christopher, Creative Writer