Here I’ll try and roughly outline the Paleo Diet for you, there are so many variations, solutions, books, and names for this type of diet strategy, so find something that works for you as that is part of the fun, taking all the information you can get, trial and error and achieving your goal at the end which might even be as simple as trying the diet to see how you feel.
The Paleo diet which is sometimes known as the Paleolithic Diet, Caveman Diet, Primal Diet, Stone Age Diet and many more other variations over the years is a dietary regime that follows how we would’ve eaten back in the caveman days, it’s more about following a lifestyle of eating well and eating unprocessed foods, there is varying levels of rigidness about following the Paleo diet too, so again it’s about finding a happy medium, moderation and asking yourself what your goals are and how will I achieve them via the Paleo lifestyle of eating.
Basically if you could hunt and find it in the early days, you can eat it these days as part of your daily nutrition plan.
This means eating meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, vegetables, seeds and some fruits across the day, the 6 meals through the day plan can still be utilised too on the Paleo diet and if you are training or playing a sport you may want to monitor your carbohydrate intakes too, everyone is different and depending on your sport and how hard you train etc etc and you still have to recover effectively, there are low GI carbs around that you can add in moderately to your nutrition plan, although for the Paleo purist this will be a no no.
Here is a basic run down on the food groups allowed and not allowed whilst on the Paleo diet, some are in moderation and some you can eat a lot of.
Oh, remember, water intake, you should always be drinking water throughout the day, with any nutrition plan constant daily hydration is the key.
What you can eat on the Paleo Diet ::
Lean meats, Low sodium Jerky, Eggs, Fruit, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Fish, Seafood, Shellfish,
Olive oil , walnut, coconut, avocado, flaxseed and canola oils used in moderation.
What foods shouldn’t I eat on the Paleo Diet ::
Dairy, Cereal grains, Peanuts, Grain like seeds, Fat cuts of meat, Legumes, Starchy vegetables, foods containing salts, Sugars, Fruit juices and similar, Processed foods.
This includes above Rice, Oats, Sweet potatoes, Snap Peas, Beans, Corn and similar.
Simple Daily Paleo Diet Plan ::
Here is a simple plan for you to try if you want too, as you will see you can chop and change the ingredients in the meals to suit your tastes, but it gives you a general outline on foods and timing for you to try the Paleo diet for yourself, remember, as with anything, planning is the key, buying all the right foods and preparing them takes time, keep your eyes on your diet goals and this should become and effortless breeze in the end.
I must add I come from a sports and bodybuilding background, so from habit I usually plan for 5 to 6 meals a day, this below can be utilised just to include the main meals of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner depending on your needs and goals, also it is a very simple guide with not too much preparation, you can look at a lot of different recipes to spice things up and make things interesting, just remember condiments and sauces aren’t your friends and you don’t make friends with salad.
Paleo Breakfast ::
2 x cups of Mixed Berries
Water or sneak a cup of coffee in
Mid Morning ::
Beef Jerky (Low Sodium)
10 x Almonds
Paleo Lunch ::
2 x cups salad
1 table spoon of Olive Oil
2 x cups fruit
Mid Afternoon ::
200gm of Grilled Chicken
1 x cup Vegetables
1 x cup fruit
Paleo Dinner ::
200gm Lean Steak
2 x cups of Broccoli
10 x Almonds
After Dinner Snack ::
5 x Walnuts
1 x Piece of Fruit