Lean meat, nuts and berries were the sta­ple diet of our an­ces­tors. Try our adapted version to lose weight by cut­ting out pro­cessed food

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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.

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This pa­le­obased plan in­cludes low-gi car­bo­hy­drates and low-fat


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