I have struggled through so many different diet fads and craze until I incorporated the Paleo Diet and Intermittent fasting, Today I will give you the deets on the infamous Paleo diet. After childbirth, I realize that I was gaining weight faster than I was able to burn it and I couldn’t tell why. I had small portions I decreased fast food and sweets but nap, nothing happen. Then I happened into Intermittent fasting and started to incorporate the Paleo diet.
What the heck is this Paleo Diet?
With so many new diets to choose from in the marketplace, there are probably many people wondering, “What is the paleo diet and how does it differ from all the other diets that are available?” That is definitely a good question.
This diet was founded in the mid-1970s by Walter L. Voegtlin, a gastroenterologist interested in the nutritional intake of ancient humans. In 1975, Voegtlin published a book called The Stone Age Diet, which outlines in detail the principles of the Paleo Diet and why he thinks it should be adopted by modern-day humans as well. In the years since the publication of this book, his research has started a group of believers devoted to following these nutritional guidelines.
Fundamentals of the Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet is also called the paleolithic diet, named after the era in history known as the Paleolithic Era. The basis of the Paleo diet plan is built upon the foods that were most commonly eaten by cavemen and women in that era. Paleo diet doctors believe that the digestive system of today’s humans is still suited to digest the same types of foods that our paleolithic ancestors survived on.
In layman’s terms, the caveman was a hunter-gatherer. Most of the foods allowed on the Paleo diet fall into the category of wild plants and wild animals. Forbidden categories include anything related to agriculture or dairy, including grains and milk. Other foods not allowed are salt, sugar and anything that has been refined, including oil.
What exactly can I eat on the Paleo Diet?
When I tried following the Paleo diet at first it was a little bit difficult to follow, because of the big differences in the allowed food choices. It is very convenient to have a list of foods to follow while on this diet plan as this makes planning meals and sticking to the diet much easier. A Paleo diet cookbook would give more insight into what foods are allowed on the plan. Stick around I am creating one as we speak.
If you break down into the following categories it will be a little easier. Don’t worry about too much of proportions when you just start
- Wild meat & fish
- grass fed meat
- Non-cultivated green plants
- leaves (lol)
- natural honey
Advantages and Disadvantages
Some people may find the diet a little difficult to follow at first because they might have to give up some of their favourite foods such as coffee, donuts, potato chips and macaroni-and-cheese.
The biggest advantages that have been documented with this nutritional plan are that sodium and sugar intakes are a healthy minimum, and most food additives and chemicals have been omitted. This health benefit alone is very significant. Not to mention weight loss.