There are a lot of amazing diets out there; Whole30, Vegan, Vegetarian, WeightWatchers, etc. They are all great and have all really worked for people trying to cleanse their body and lose some weight. The problem is that people don’t know which diet is right for them. Paleo is not as well known as others, but done the right way this could be the diet that improves your life! The paleo diet gets it’s name from the dinosaur age. Essentially, you can only eat what a caveman would’ve eaten; meat and vegetables. You cut out grains, dairy, starch, sugar and, most importantly, high fat and processed foods. Along with the food restriction if you really stick to it properly you are only eating organic meats and vegetables. Meats, fruits and vegetables are very high in protein and fiber which are necessary for weight loss. Please note: This diet is ideal for people who consistently work out. If you do not exercise you will see only minor results. This is because protein is needed to fuel a workout but also works hard to burn off fat when you put in some work yourself. If you do not regularly exercise, this diet is still an amazing way to cleanse your body of toxins which will naturally help your body.
What can I eat on the Paleo diet?
At this point you are probably thinking that this diet doesn’t allow you to eat anything. So let’s list all of the things you can have: lean cuts of beef, pork and poultry, game animals (quail, venison, bison), fruit, non-starchy vegetables, nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds), eggs and sweet potatoes. Yup, that’s it. These foods are obtained naturally and (if you purchase organic) were also raised naturally and with little to no chemicals.
Fight Off Disease
One of the biggest pro’s of this diet is it’s ability to help people maintain their health while fighting serious diseases such as diabetes and some cancers. For diabetes, you are eliminating all of the foods that could’ve been potential causes of Type 2 Diabetes. If you have Type 1 Diabetes, this diet can simply help your body keep it’s balance when dealing with the very fickle highs and lows of blood sugar. This diet is, of course, not a cure but it can make life with diabetes a bit more comfortable and for people with Type 2 it can potentially lower your insulin intake as well as help you manage your weight and cleanse your body of more toxins. I can’t speak for all cancers but for some survivors their course of “treatment” post surgery and chemo or radiation is to eat a high-fiber, high-protein diet. This is to keep your body in the best physical condition possible to hopefully ward off the cancer.
Lastly, this diet encourages exercise which (as much as people don’t like to admit it) is crucial to a long, healthy life. The more you exercise, the more weight you lose and the paleo diet helps speeds up the process tremendously.
Some advice before you start:
- Make sure you are getting enough calcium. By cutting out dairy you are missing a pretty large source. Take supplements or add Salmon and Spinach in your weekly meals to stick to the diet but get the necessary nutrients.
- Decide for yourself how extreme you want to be. Cutting out spices is technically a part of the diet but that can make eating very unappealing and make it very hard to eat out. Buying strictly organic can also get very expensive so if money is an issue, don’t let it stop you and buy whatever you can afford so long as its the correct food.
- Ease into it. Eliminating almost every food you’ve ever been used to is very difficult and if you go cold turkey you have a higher chance of giving up (unless you have insane willpower, of which I am jealous). If you need to take it slow, start by cutting out dairy, then sugar, then high fat foods and lastly cut out grains and everything else. Have vegetables with every meal so you can get used to it and also learn how you like them cooked.
Ok, I think you’re ready. Good luck!