The Basics of Paleo Diet
Before you can get started with any diet or meal program, it is a prerequisite to learn more about its basics first. This applies very well to the Paleo Diet and all the other diets that exist out there. Before you jump on to this new diet you’ve come across, first you must understand the basics of this program. The term Paleo is a short version for Paleolithic which then pertains to the Old Stone Age Era of human history. Sometimes called as the Cave Man diet, this diet mainly follows the traditional and natural way of consumption that our cave ancestors did a long time ago.
Based on that introduction, you may now have the idea of what the Paleo diet’s premise really is. If that isn’t clear enough for you, the premise of this diet is to eat like our ancestors who lived during prehistoric times when food was abundant you just had to pick it from the earth. Fruits and vegetables were as natural as they can get since pesticides and chemicals were quite non-existent during that time. Meat and seafood were everywhere, just waiting to be hunted and eaten. Our ancestors were quite lean and toned because not only they were used to eating the most natural foods for their body, they had to use their muscles and shed their sweat just to get the food that they need.
The idea is that they didn’t have the luxuries of processed food that we have so conveniently now. They didn’t have grains or factory meats at that time. They didn’t have the idea of adding seasoning or preservatives in their food just to make it more sumptuous for their taste. Instead, they only hunted and gathered – eating mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts, and wild meat.
So what can you eat on this diet? You’ll be able to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, grass-fed meats, fish and other seafood, eggs, seeds, and healthy oils such as olive, flaxseed, and coconut oils. It’s also best if you choose to eat organic foods as much as possible – since those are free from any pesticides, antibiotics, or herbicides that can actually be toxic for your body and cause inflammation. Basically, you want to focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods that are as free from toxins as possible.
As you journey through the Paleo diet, you’ll see that it makes a lot of common sense and isn’t all that hard to practice. There are foods that you’ll stop eating once you begin the Paleo lifestyle. These include dairy, potatoes, legumes (beans and peanuts), salt, refined vegetable oils (such as canola or soybean oils), refined sugar, and processed foods.
For some people easily adapt to the Paleo lifestyle and enjoy the benefits of the Paleo lifestyle, this might not be that much of a huge shift. But for those who are used to eating a lot of boxed or frozen dinners and fast food, then this is a drastic change. You’ll find that there’s a bit of an adjustment period when you learn how to prepare foods differently and get used to new tastes.