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