What Is The Paleo Diet?

Many of our patients are on a Paleo Diet.  Just what is the Paleo Diet?  Are you one who is left to wonder what this diet is all about?

The Paleo Diet Explained

The Paleo diet is based upon the idea of eating the foods our bodies were designed for through thousands of years of evolution. These foods were available to early people through hunting and gathering (meat and fish, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables).

During modern times, advances in technology have made other forms of food available for consumption [grains, dairy, and processed foods], which are sub-optimal forms of nutrition. The foods recommended in the Paleo diet provide our bodies with long-lasting energy that also aid in burning fat.

 

What is the difference between Paleo and Primal?

 

‘Primal’ generally refers to Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint way of eating which is very similar to Paleo, but allows some leeway with certain types of dairy and has fewer restrictions on saturated fat intake.  Some people use “Paleo” and “Primal” as interchangeable terms. Generally speaking, the Paleo Diet is a high protein, moderate fat diet, and the Primal Blueprint is considered to be a high fat, moderate protein diet.

 

Many people who follow this way of eating consider the terms to be one and the same. How ever you personally decide to “title” the ancestral diet that you abide by, both stem from the core principle of eating the foods our bodies were designed to eat: plants and animals.

What Can I Eat?

Foods To Enjoy

  • Meats
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Healthy Fats
  • Herbs, Spices & Seasonings
  • Other Key Ingredients

Foods To Avoid

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Processed Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Starches

 

A good food list for you to print out:

 

Resources

There are many great resources online for the Paleo Diet.  Here are some of our favorite sites, which include recipes, tips and other nutritional information.

Paleo Diet Lifestyle

CavemenGourmet

NomNomPaleo

Gluten Free Girl

Health Bent

Mark’s Daily Apple

GF Real Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

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