Di­ets ex­plained: Pa­leo

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ALSO known as the “Cave­man Diet”, the Pa­leo Diet takes the at­ti­tude that what our pre­de­ces­sors ate led to strong mus­cles, healthy bones and a great im­mune sys­tem, with lots of pro­tein.

In short, if it’s nat­u­ral, you can eat it – think fruits, veg­eta­bles, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds and healthy fats.

That means that dairy, grains, pro­cessed foods, sug­ars, legumes, starches and al­co­hol are out.

The benefits of the diet are that it has stood the test of time, and goes hand in hand with the rise of HIIT (high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing) and CrossFit in re­cent years, as the diet is per­fect for build­ing mus­cle and giv­ing you en­ergy to burn.

The Pa­leo Diet has been around since the 1970s but has be­come pop­u­lar again in the past few years thanks to sev­eral celebri­ties who swear by it.

Of course, when you’re a movie star it’s easy to get some­one to make your meals for you, but with a bit of plan­ning, the Pa­leo Diet can work for you.

Books like The Pa­leo So­lu­tion by Robb Wolf and The Pri­mal Blue­print by Mark Sis­son have caused a surge in the amount of at­ten­tion paid to the Pa­leo Diet and sim­i­lar eat­ing plans.

These pa­leo books are widely re­garded as the rea­sons for the Pa­leo Diet’s new-found pop­u­lar­ity.

A sam­ple day of the Pa­leo Diet may look like this:

Breakfast: Two eggs and ba­con

Lunch: Chicken strips and as­para­gus

Din­ner: Grilled tuna with cel­ery

Snacks: Fruit salad, nuts, smoked salmon, beef jerky, salami

If you were to ditch your cur­rent diet and go pa­leo, here’s the shop­ping list for what you can eat:

Lean meats: Beef, veal, veni­son, lamb, chicken etc

Fish: Salmon, tilapia, bass

Seafood: If it came from the sea, you can eat it

Eggs: Go for it, the more the mer­rier

Veg­eta­bles: Don’t leave these out

Some fruit: Berries and the less sug­ary fruits are best

Nuts: In mod­er­a­tion (and not peanuts)

Nat­u­ral oils: Olive, co­conut and av­o­cado oils

PHOTO: MAGONE

PA­LEO PLEA­SURES: If it’s in this pic­ture, you can eat it and stay pa­leo.

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