There are countless alternatives for the best healthy eating plan when you are choosing your diet for health. Of course, not all are equal, so you will need to do some research before identifying which one works best for you One option you might consider is the Paleo Diet, a healthy eating plan which has been around since the time of the caveman – which is why it’s sometimes called the Caveman Diet! Living
The Paleo Diet Concept
The basic concept of the Paleo Diet is to mimic the eating habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the caveman. Cavemen were pretty much the same as us genetically, and thrived on eating unprocessed foods that they could hunt and pick around them. They were considered to be very healthy and free from disease. Studies have indicated that following a Paleo Diet can reduce weight without resorting to calorie counting.
Food to Eat
We now know generally what food the Paleo Diet is based upon, but what specifically should we be eating. Well, here are the main elements of a good Paleo Diet – meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils. When choosing meat, always go for the grass-fed and pasture raised cuts whenever you can. Also, whenever possible, select the organic versions of products – they may be more expensive but will definitely help you stay healthy.
Food To Avoid
The things we shouldn’t be eating on a Paleo Diet are processed foods, soft drinks, sugar, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats. In essence, anything which is made in a factory is a no-no. It’s important to read the food labels on the things you buy to identify what’s in them – many so-called healthy foods actually contain a lot of things that are unhealthy.
As the Paleo Diet has gained in popularity, there have been some developments in it. Some things, such as bacon from pasture raised pigs, non-gluten rice and butter from grass-fed cattle, are now considered acceptable. Also, whilst water would be the drink of choice for Paleo enthusiasts, tea and coffee do contain high levels of antioxidants which are beneficial to our health and might be worth adding to your plan.
The above is just a quick summary of the kinds of things you can, and cannot, eat (and drink) as part of a Paleo Diet plan, if you want more detailed information visit Living Well.