Lean meat, nuts and berries were the staple diet of our ancestors. Try our adapted version to lose weight by cutting out processed food
Eat like your ancestors and reap the health benefits on this paleo diet with a twist
WHETHER you’re familiar with the term “paleo” or not, there’s no denying this way of eating has signalled a new approach to dieting as we know it – a steady move away from carbs and processed foods in favour of fresh produce.
It’s said to be the way the first people ate when lean meat, nuts and berries were pretty much the only food options. The theory goes that they did not have many of the lifestyle diseases many of us have today – diseases often blamed on processed food.
Paleo (or caveman diet) is similar to the low-carb, high-fat banting-style diet – most carbs and legumes are prohibited with the added exclusion of dairy. It’s more light-handed with fat intake and allows for more starchy vegetables and fruit.
Dietician Lila Bruk of Lila Bruk & Associates in Johannesburg created this paleobased eating plan for those who want to focus on lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats. But she’s added a twist. “I’ve adapted the paleo diet to include healthy low-gi carbohydrate foods and fat-free dairy to ensure all nutritional needs are met,” she says.
There is a focus on cutting processed food. “Food loses a lot of nutrients in processing,” she says.
“For example, much of the B vitamins and fibre of wheat is removed in processing wheat into white flour,” she explains. Here’s what you need to know about this healthy eating plan.
This paleobased plan includes low-gi carbohydrates and low-fat