The idea behind a Paleo diet is that you should eat like a caveman in order to shed pounds. According to Loren Cordain, an expert on the Paleo diet, when we eat like our pre-historic ancestors, we are going to be leaner and be less likely to get heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among other health problems. Basically, it’s a high-fiber, high-protein eating plan which promises that you are able to lose weight without unnecessarily cutting calories.
The following are recommended foods for the Paleo diet:
Meats and eggs
Eggs and meats (including seafood) perhaps are the most vital components of Paleo diet. Basically, the animals from where the meat and eggs come from are normally fed on natural organic diet. Fish should normally come from the wild, or be fed at least what is eaten by wild fish. Meats, in any case, should be free from any kind of industrial farming.
Eggs are also allowed on the Paleo diet since they are taken as a good source of healthy fats and protein. However, you should purchase enriched eggs with omega-3 fatty acids. You should also limit your consumption of eggs to 12 a week.
Loren Cordain believes that people should go out for low-fat sources, even though there are a number of people who disagree. He reasons that the meats available today are much higher in saturated fat, and we should go for low fat meats and then supplement it with fats coming from other sources.
Fresh vegetable are recommended in limitless portions on Paleo diet, as long as they are not starchy ones like potatoes. About 22% to 47% of your calories should be derived from carbohydrates, including fruit and fibrous vegetables. You should choose all types of vegetables which include asparagus, artichokes, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, beets, and greens.
Nuts and Seeds
Seeds and nuts are generally allowed, even though Cordain recommends that those people who need to lose weight should limit them to four ounces per day. You should note that peanuts are legumes, and are not recommended. Some do not allow cashew nuts, since they cannot be eaten raw. Coconut milk and unsweetened almond milk are sometimes used as dairy substitutes.
Even though a number of authors differ on recommended oils, generally the consensus appears to be that oils from recommended plants are just fine. Nut oils including coconut oil and olive oils are encouraged generally (Cordain recommends canola oil and not coconut oil). The other kind of oil recommended is fish oil supplements.
There’s no surprise that water is encouraged. Tea is generally considered fine. Over that, there’s some variation as to advice about alcohol and coffee. Sweet beverages, of course (whether sweetened by artificial sweeteners or by sugars) are not recommended, even though Cordain says that the occasional diet beverage is okay.