The Paleolithic era ended about 10,000 years ago and during that period humans were hunter-gathers who lived by gathering plants and hunting or scavenging wild animals. The simple basis of the Paleo diet plan (also known as the Paleolithic or Caveman diet) is that the modern diet of processed foods containing lots of sugar, salt and fat is responsible for many health problems, as well as high rates of obesity, and we can avoid these problems by adopting a diet of natural foods.
The Paleo diet plan is more than just a means of losing weight. It is also a lifestyle eating plan which aims to keep you healthy as well as maintain your desired weight.
The diet does have one advantage in that you don’t have to worry about counting calories because it is difficult to overeat on the sort of foods allowed. Whilst there are different interpretations of the diet, in general the foods you included on the Paleo Diet food list are:
- Nuts and seeds
Ideally these should all be organically produced but it is particularly important with meat which should be grass fed. Although dairy foods are on the exclude list, eggs can be eaten. Fat is not considered bad provided it is from a natural source e.g. olive oil.
Foods you must avoid include:
- Dairy Foods
- Processed Sugar
- Processed Foods
Of course sugar occurs naturally in fruit and honey is okay as a sweetener. Drinks should be mainly water, certainly no sodas, coffee or alcohol but organic tea is okay.
There have been a number of criticisms of the diet which have been answered to the point where the health benefits are pretty well documented.
Unfortunately, whilst the diet sounds straightforward it can be difficult to put into practice in our modern world, for example you will not find Paleo options on a restaurant menu. Of course it does not have to be all or nothing and some people find that sticking to the diet most of the time produces results. You can also ease into it slowly but it will take longer to see the results. There are lots of Paleo Recipes available to help you get started.
Of course food companies have seen an opportunity here and there are now a number of Paleo diet friendly products on the market so that you can get the benefits with less work.
The purpose of the site is to provide much more information about all aspects of the Paleo diet plan as well as providing links to associated products.