If you read this page you know that by eating according to the Paleo Diet you’ll be eating the diet you are genetically programmed to eat. You are allowed to eat unlimited amount of meats, fish, seafood, low glycemic fruits and vegetables. Even though you don’t need to count calories, little more than half of the calories comes from lean meats, organ meats, seafood, and fish. The rest comes from healthy oils, vegetables, fruits, and some nuts
The good thing about the Paleo Diet is that it is not difficult to get started. You don’t have to count calories or grams, or cook up fancy meals with hard to find ingredients. However, it can be tricky at first to overcome the habit of eating processed carbohydrates several times a day.
The rules are simple, but give yourself time to adjust if needed:
- All the lean meats, fish, and seafood you can eat
- All the fruits and nonstarchy vegetables you can eat
- No cereals
- No dairy products
- No processed foods
It is a good idea to clean out the refrigerator, cabinets and pantry of items that are not part of the Paleo Diet. It is easier to stick to a plan if there are no temptations within reach. Plan ahead and make sure you have plenty of the ingredients at home. Take baby steps and replace one or a couple of meals a day if you need to.
The first step is to become familiar with the guide lines, let’s review what The Seven Keys of the Paleo Diets are:
- Eat a relatively high amount of animal protein compared to the typical American diet.
- Eat fewer carbohydrates than most modern diets recommended, but eat the good kinds that come from fruits and vegetables, not from grains, starchy tubers, and refined sugars.
- Eat a large amount of fiber from nonstarchy fruits and vegetables.
- Eat a moderate amount of fats.
- Eat foods with high potassium content and low sodium content.
- Eat a diet with net alkaline load.
- Eat foods rich in plant phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Will I be hungry?
Some of you may wonder if you will be hungry on the Paleo Diet, but it is actually the opposite. Protein has the highest satiating value of the macro-nutrients so a high protein diet it will keep you fuller longer. The Paleo Diet will increase your metabolism and shrink your appetite as you include more lean protein in your meals.
- Eat as much meat as you want for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Cook the meat simply without too much added fats – broil, roast, sautee, or bake the meat. (This is according to the book, I tend to be pretty generous with the fat consumption)
- For ideal health you should eat fruit and vegetables along with some nuts with every meal. Include plant foods rich in healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive oil in moderate amount.
- Dried fruits should be eaten in small amounts.
- Wine can occasionally be enjoyed in moderation.
- Breakfast omelet- made with omega 3 rich eggs, and stuffed with avocado and some meat/seafood, and covered with peach salsa.
- A file of sole simmered in wine sauce (a little wine is allowed) with a salad, and a gazpacho salad for lunch.
- A roast, tossed green salad dressed with flax seed oil, steamed broccoli, a bowl of blackberries sprinkled with almond slices would be a delicious dinner.
If you are used to eating a lot of grains, refined sugars, and processed foods it might seem challenging to come up with meals. I like that the Paleo Diet is very flexible and offers a lot of delicious and healthy foods. You don’t have stop cold turkey with the food from your current diet, it is possible to gradually wean them from your diet.
I hope this post helps you to figure out what it means to be on the Paleo Diet. I will cover many of the things discussed above more in detail in future posts, so keep an eye out. I found a couple of good resources when I was browsing the internet a while back. Here they are:
The Paleo Diet