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Eating Paleo means eating wholesome, nutritious food and exercising moderately. Think about this: our early ancestors were adaptable and spent their days hunting and moving about all day long, occasionally running from cave lions, too. They ate the food that was naturally available to them. They exercised, but for them, it was their lifestyle that kept them fit and healthy. There are some restrictions with the Paleo Diet. They may feel like huge sacrifices at first, but once you starting feeling great, they won’t feel like sacrifices any longer. The Paleo lifestyle will become natural for you.

Leave the cow alone

Dairy is not allowed on the Paleo Diet because cavemen did not milk cows. Until the domestication of animals, our early ancestors didn’t bother with dairy at all. They certainly didn’t eat cheese, butter, yogurt, or ice-cream. Cutting out dairy is great for those who have a lactose intolerance. Beef from cows, however, is completely acceptable to eat with Paleo. It’s an excellent protein option for any meal of the day.

Never skip meals on purpose

With Paleo, you eat when you are hungry. It’s that simple. Snacking is absolutely fine, too. While it’s better to eat 3 meals a day, it’s not recommended to purposely skip a meal with the idea that you’ll lose weight. In fact, going hungry on purpose is bad for your health. You’ll lack the nutrients that your body needs. Also, your blood sugar will drop. This will all result in low energy, an unhealthy metabolism, and risk for diabetes.

Skip the sugar

Naturally occurring sugar found in some veggies and in fruit are acceptable.In our modern society, sugar is hidden in just about everything we eat. Our cavemen ancestors did not eat candy bars or drink bottled fruit juice. Be mindful that some fruits have higher levels of sugar in them. Try to avoid or limit oranges, pears, plum, bananas, and mangoes. They have the potential to cause higher blood sugar levels, causing an imbalance. Some veggies, like potatoes and squash, have more starch in them. It’s fine to consume starch, but only moderate amounts a little more starch if you are very active. Honey and maple syrup are natural sugars, and should only be used in moderation.

Get rid of the gluten and the legumes

No grains or beans are allowed. This is great for those who need a gluten-free diet due to intolerance and/or gluten allergy. Plus, our early ancestors didn’t eat grains or legumes, so you can follow the the same path with Paleo. Peanuts and corn are big no-no’s, too.

Cut out hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils

Get rid of eating soybean, sunflower, and corn oils because they are all hydrogenated vegetable oils. Those are no-no’s and full of unhealthy saturated fats. Also, skip peanut oil because peanuts are not allowed with Paleo. Margarine is unacceptable because it’s unhealthy, unnatural, and is a man-made product that is very high is trans-fat. It is considered a partially hydrogenated food product.
James Christopher, Creative Writer