The Paleo Diet is a popular eating style designed to resemble to eating habits of humans in Palaeolithic times. The lifestyle aims to eliminate processed foods which are thought to be the root of a number of health problems. Like any diet, the Paleo Diet is not safe for everyone and should only be commenced after consultation with a doctor and qualified nutritionist.
The Paleo diet is sometimes referred to as the ‘Cavemen Diet’, the ‘Stone Age diet’, or ‘Hunter Gatherer diet’. 10,000 years ago, in times before modern agriculture, people lived off fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds. Their diet was only things that they could hunt or gather themselves. When modern farming emerged, people began incorporating dairy, legumes and grains into their day to day diet. Advocates of the Paleo lifestyle believe our bodies are not adapted to digest these properties which can increase the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Things You Can Eat on the Paleo Diet
- Lean Meat
- Oils like olive oil or coconut oil
Things You Cannot Eat on the Paleo Diet
- Grains like wheat, barley, oats
- Legumes like beans, lentils, peas
- Refined sugars
- Low fat products
In simple terms; if the food looks like it has been made in a factory or processed, you shouldn’t eat it on the Paleo diet. It is designed to bring your body back to simpler times with foods that are easily digestible. When shopping for produce, some people choose to purchase organic or grass-fed meats due to them being less processed. The specific produce choices are up to you! If you are considering the paleo diet for your health be sure to consult a doctor and nutritionist for advice, because it is not recommended for children, pregnant women or older people.