Loren Cordain PhD, wrote the book, The Paleo Diet Lose weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Meant to Eat
Accoring to Cordain, The ground rules of the Paleo Diet are:
- All the meats, fish, and seafood you can eat
- All the fruits and nonstarchy vegetables you can eat
- No cereals
- No dairy products
- No processed foods
The Paleo Diet is very simple, there are no limitations to what you can do. You can of course make it more complicated if you like. If you want to make it really easy you can use leftover dinner meat for lunch, add a salad, some nuts, and some fruit and there’s your Paleo lunch.
The seven keys of the Paleo Diet 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. ( I include more fat than what Cordain recommends in his book.)
- 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.
There are three levels of the diet in the book The Paleo Diet Lose weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Meant to Eat. Each level contains a limited number of Open Meals, and this provides a chance to still eat your favorite foods. An occasional glass of wine or beer is fine. It is a life time program and not a quick- fix weight-loss, which means built-in flexibility to accommodate a little cheating.