Primal Living and Healthy Foods to Eat, Diet Recipes and The Paleo Diet Food List

Primal Living and Healthy Foods to Eat, Diet Recipes and The Paleo Diet Food List

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Primal Living and the Paleo Diet
Primal living, the concept of eating and exercising using nature and our natural surroundings, incorporates some of the ideas in Paleo diet foods list but not necessarily everything.  The basic premise of the Paleo diet, that we should only eat what we can hunt or forage, fits nicely into the general ethos of primal living but perhaps primal living allows a little more flexibility than true Paleo diets. Living Well  has a lot of great information on both primal living and the Paleo diet.

Healthy and Delicious
Whilst at first sight Paleo food lists might seem restrictive, that isn’t the case in reality.  Once you start to explore the variety of items on the lists, you will see that you can eat both healthily and happily on a Paleo diet.

Carbohydrates
In essence,a Paleo diet means no processed food, no sugar and no grains. Many might ask the question about where is the energy the body needs coming from, with no carbs in the diet?  The simple answer is we need a lot less carbs than we are used to consuming.  Our bodies are very efficient at getting what they need from what we eat and thus the body will get energy by burning the excess fat it has already stored. And the Paleo diet doesn’t mean no carbs – we can get the carbs we need by eating sweet potatoes, fruit and other vegetables, all non-processed and natural, and they won’t make you put on weight either.  As an example, compare broccoli to pasta.  6 servings of broccoli will give you 180 calories and 36 grammes of carbs whilst one serving of pasta will provide 200 calories and 42 grammes of carbs.

Dairy
As for dairy products, it’s a more debatable point in terms of a Paleo diet. Other than as a baby, nothing in the animal kingdom drinks milk, so most strict Paleo enthusiasts will steer clear of dairy. It’s certainly true that our acceptance of dairy products has evolved, we didn’t consume vast amounts of dairy products in our ancestor’s days.

Paleo Foods
We’ve taken a look at what we can’t eat on a Paleo diet, so what can we eat?  As said before, if you can hunt it or forage for it then you can eat it. That leaves things like Meat, Fowl, Fish, Eggs, Vegetables, Oils, Fruits, Nuts and Tubers.  That’s still a pretty long list to let you be creative with your recipes whilst still being true to the principles of a Paleo diet.  And it’s also worth remembering that even if your budget doesn’t stretch to non-grain fed meat, grain fed meat is better than grains.

If you would like to know more about Primal living and the Paleo diet, have a look at Living Well.

Tips on Healthy Foods to Eat

Tips on Healthy Foods to Eat

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One of the most difficult things about following a healthy diet is finding interesting and effective diet recipes, but with the Paleo Diet and the paleo diet food list this can be  overcome. Living Well have a mass of information on Paleo food, primal living and much, much more.

Paleo Diet and Primal Living
Paleo food and primal living are not the same thing, albeit that the concept of Paleo food is a key element of primal living.  Strictly speaking,  Paleo food is basically everything that can be hunted or gathered – just as our ancestor the caveman would have done, hence the popular nickname for the Paleo Diet, the Caveman Diet.  Primal living, on the other hand, is a little more than just food focused.  Primal living is about two key things – what we eat and how we exercise, with both having the key element of using nature and our living environment to provide the answers.  Therefore, you can see how Paleo food and primal living are so closely connected.

What Can you Eat?
So, you’ve decided to sign up for the Paleo Diet.  Next step, what can you eat? Well, Paleo food, despite the principles mentioned above perhaps seeming rather restrictive, can be not only wide and varied but also delicious.

Breakfast
Breakfast options include devilled eggs – well, almost devilled eggs, tapioca crepes, oatmeal like cereal made with almonds, coconut flakes, fresh berries and milk and, if you fancy something a little more substantial, pork belly with sweet potatoes and fried eggs.  These are just a few of the huge range of things you can start the day with.

Lunch and Dinner
For lunch or dinner, the range of options is almost endless.  For those with a spicy leaning, Indonesian Beef Rendang is on the menu. Or how about pulled BBQ pork, with its delicious spicy, sweet and tangy signature sauce?  Whilst McDonald’s certainly is off limits, burgers needn’t be. You can have a BLT chicken burger in a sweet potato bun on your Paleo Diet. Indian dish Kerala lamb curry is another option, a thick sauce- based dish which can be enjoyed without the rice often associated with Indian dishes.

And Much More
The above are just a very brief introduction to what kinds of dishes can be enjoyed on a Paleo Diet, and as you can see the choice is certainly not restrictive.

If you would like to know more about the Paleo Diet and primal living, or just looking for tips on having a healthier lifestyle, visit  Living Well.