Paleo diet has been the raging fad for a few years. It is a diet established with the purpose of encouraging weight loss and improving health the ‘ancient way’.
Consisting of mainly vegetables, meat and a little to no cooking of food, the concept of paleo diet is that our ancestors ate the best possible way.
The way of our ancestors was good to the extent ailments such as diabetes were not prevalent. Implementing this in the modern age should reduce our risk to diseases just like during the stone age, by reducing the amount of food that went through possibly dangerous and unknown processing.
As Healthline suggests, Paleo diet has no strict rules for some food that should be avoided or eaten. And so, we have listed some of the food that are included into Paleo Diet
- This inlcude poultry and all type of meat that our ancient cavemen could possibly hunt for; deer, chicken, beef, duck, rabbit, etc. Different forms of bacon is also okay.
- Fish, shells, and all the natural resources of food there. Paleoleap has a list of fish that best suits the paleo diet.
- You are not limited to, in fact, the more vegetable you consume, the better it is. There’s a wide range of vegetables you can choose from spinach, celery, cabbage, cucumber, bok choy, etc.
- Not necessarily telling you to go eat fat, but you can include them in your diet in moderation. Things such as butter for your toasting and frying, fats from fishes are okay and even healthy.
The listed food are also ingredients that you see in many products, but what makes it different here is how you cook them.
Most factory send the ingredients through extreme heat, chemical mixtures under unguaranteed hygene condition, the very reason why Paleo diet stays away from packaged food.
Some paleo diet go as far as eating everything raw without cooking to avoid destroying the nutrients inside. However, it is also important that cooking is part of confirming the safety of your food.
By cooking your food long enough, dangerous bacteria, eggs and insects can be killed and they contain a lot of protein if accidentally eaten.
Salt and Sugar
You may have probabaly come across numerous paleo sites and experts that claim sugar is dangerous and salt is recommended in paleo diet.
Well, fact states that sugar is an addicting component, one of the problem in obese people where their craving for sugars are unstoppable.
Salt, on the other hand, thepaleodiet has a different take to this. Salt is believed to be a dangerous substance that should not be embraced in your paleo diet. It is proven when most of the food that are included in paleo diet are not high in sodium and thus, proven that our ancestors did not consume that much sodium.
However, salt has a “U” effect on humans. Lack of salt can lead to several diseases such as thyroid and Hyponatremia. If you say that salt makes you thirsty, well lack of salt in hyponatremia makes you thirsty, too.
So the key here, is moderation. You can imagine consuming chocolate without sugar AT ALL. Your image of chocolate will change completely. Adding salt and sugar for a little taste is a good way if you are torn between accepting and rejecting salt at all.
Some that ‘maybe’ should be avoided
Factory processed food and food that contain pesticides and chemicals are strictly prohibited. However, aside from those here are some natural food that is advised to be avoided:
- Not that they are dangerous, but they just contain many carbos and adding them to our diet will just fatten us.
- Grains and legumes. Experts say they contain antinutrients and lectins that make our body fight against ourselves and to top it off, they cannot be processed in our body. Many also said that our old cavemen did not consume grains, but did you know?
A discovery as old as 2015 has told us that cavemen did consume grains. Nationalgeographic has a news covered strictly on this. It is also important to note that whole grains contain all the fiber and nutrients our body loves while refined grains are just carbos and lectins.
- Dairy products. Lactose is believed to not be meant for human. Research has also shown that our body could not absorb everything from milk that was never meant for humans.
If you really crave for dairy products, you can go for cheese, or other dairy products that have been fermented or cooked to reduce the amount of lactose and casein in it.