WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET?

In summation, the Paleo diet is best known as ‘The Caveman Diet’. The concept is essentially that our bodies can easily digest foods that were available to us in the Neolithic era, and that our DNA hasn’t adapted as quickly as our technology has. All of the processed grains, legumes, dairy and sugars that make up a large part of our diets are doing us more harm than good, and can be attributed to obesity, digestive issues, allergies and various other problems.

My personal interpretation of this diet is not to eat like a caveman, rather to only eat the foods that were accessible at that time. Paleo eating is rich in good fats, protein, fruits and vegetables.

QUOTED FROM WIKI:

“Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.[1][3][4] There are many different alternatives that are available to replace the foods that have been eliminated. For example, coconut oil can be substituted for butter, almond flour can be substituted for white flour, and honey can be substituted for other sweeteners.”

This blog is dedicated to the concept of Paleolithic Diet, minus animals that “I couldn’t kill”. As a former vegetarian, I believe that if left to my own devices in the woods, I’d much rather eat dandelions than kill a cow, lamb, or pig. I’ve come to terms with chickens and fish as non-mammals and something I could handle myself, so this has been my basic moral compass and it’s a middle-ground that i feel somewhat ok about.

Juicing has also been a very prevalent trend in recent health news and is obviously focused on vegetables and fruit, so I’ve pulled out my juicer and am incorporating it as much as possible into this diet for all of the benefits I hope to reap. I’m using the juice in recipes, have been working on making ‘pulp’ crackers I can top with some Paleo staples like egg salad and avocado, and am enjoying greens and fruits in juices daily.

I’ve adapted the Paleo diet to suit me: I’m not going to give up drinking or chocolate, but can minimize the sugar in both things by sticking with cider, wine or only soda as a mixer and using high percentage cocoa chocolate in my treats.

Foods encouraged on the Paleo diet include:

  • meat
  • seafood
  • eggs
  • fruit
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • vegetables
  • mushrooms
  • herbs
  • spices

Again from Wiki:

Food groups that advocates claim were rarely or never consumed by humans before the Neolithic (agricultural) revolution are excluded from the diet, mainly grains, legumes (e.g. beans and peanuts), dairy products, salt, refined sugar and processed oils,[1][3] although some advocates consider the use of oils with low omega-6/omega-3 ratios, such as olive oil and canola oil, to be healthy and advisable.[60]

One of the biggest items I’ve been turned onto in my Paleo diet is the use of coconut. Coconut flour, oil, milk, and of course shredded coconut. Almonds, and almond milk & flour are also excellent, and of course I include chicken, seafood, and fruits and vegetables (excluding corn, potatoes and peanuts).

Items on my DO NOT EAT list include:

  • wheat, other grains
  • rice
  • corn
  • peanuts
  • legumes (chickpeas, lentils *sigh*, beans, etc.)
  • dairy
  • sugar
  • unnatural oils (my exceptions are: olive, avocado, coconut, grapeseed & flax oils)
  • and personally – no mammals

 

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