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03.11.12

Paleo “Diet” Overview

This month I will be going over the Paleo Diet in detail. To start with, I thought I should give a general overview and explain why anyone would want to give their eating habits a makeover. To start with, the Paleo Diet isn’t really a “diet”—you don’t have to weigh, measure, or count anything–all you have to do is choose the right kinds of foods. Even without doing the typical things you have to do for a diet, you should still experience fat loss and feel great! The goal is to live a lifestyle similar to that of our Paleolithic ancestors, including lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. We want to move away from grains, legumes, sugar, and dairy, which cause can inflammation and disease (and contrary to what you may have heard, you do NOT need to eat these foods to get the nutrients you need).

The first thing you should do is get rid of all of the rice, bread, pasta, oats, crackers, beans, lentils, yogurt, milk, sugar, artificial sugars, etc and fill your refrigerator with:

-Protein: grass fed meat, chicken, turkey, eggs, and wild caught fish

-Vegetables: lots of them! Have as many non-starchy vegetables as you would like with every meal. No potatoes of any kind.

-Fruit: berries are the best, apples, pears, citrus, etc

-Healthy fats: nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil

It may sound like an impossible feat to eliminate grains from your diet, but I promise once you get used to it, the cravings go away and you really won’t have the desire to eat these foods. Also, if possible, organic produce that is in season and grass fed, free range proteins are best. Look for packages that have no hormones, antibiotics, etc. Many people on the Paleo Diet see huge improvement in autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes (not to mention healthy weight loss without obsessing about food intake!).

Since this can be quite an adjustment, start slow! Pick a few days out of the week that you are going to eat Paleo (ex: Monday through Thursday) and keep your normal diet on the weekends, with the goal of eventually eating Paleo all week long. If you drink alcohol, wine is the best but spirits mixed with water and a squeeze of lime is ok too. Eat when you are hungry, and stop when you are satisfied. Here is a list of a few awesome websites that go into more detail, and look out for the next few blog posts where I will also go into more specific tips.

www.robbwolf.com

www.thepaleodiet.com

www.marksdailyapple.com

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