PALEO Explained

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

There are so many diets out there. Seriously, TONS! And everyone will tell you that the one they follow is the best. But it may not be best for YOU. Remember that everyone’s different! So many people give up when a diet doesn’t work out for them. That’s no reason to give up on a healthy lifestyle though! Sometimes all it takes is a little experimentation to find your personal rhythm. Rule of thumb: Eat whole foods and eliminate processed foods & sugar. I think anyone can agree that this is important regardless of the diet they’re following. BUT if you’d like more structure and rules with an actual diet plan, that’s perfectly fine too. A lot of time this keeps people on track and I think it’s a great idea. I personally like the keto diet which is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb. But I also like to play around with my diet to see how doing something slightly different can effect everything from my sleeping habits to my workout performance. As far as Paleo goes, it’s actually very similar to the keto diet with a few variations. I’m actually writing this blog because I’ve had interest in trying out the Paleo diet. The reason why I haven’t tried Paleo sooner is my love for cheese. I’ll explain.. Anyway, here is the PALEO diet explained.

What is Paleo?
Paleo takes nutrition back to the paleolithic times. Packaged goods are replaced with nutrient-rich, whole, fresh foods. You basically have to think of yourself as a caveman. They didn’t have donuts or fast food back then so neither can you! This can be tricky when we’re always looking for quick meals on the go but with time, you’ll get used to it.

Why Paleo?
There are ridiculous health benefits to eliminating processed foods from your diet. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and many people use it to lose weight. You’ll feel fuller and satisfied which will also result in less calories consumed. While it may be difficult to stick with it in the beginning, it’s a fairly simple diet. Eat real foods when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. No need to calorie count although you may want to track what you’re eating in the beginning until you get the hang of it.

What to eat
Fresh meatFresh fish
Eggs
Fruit
Veggies
Nuts
Healthy oils

What not to eat
Refines grains
Refined sugars
Processed meats
Potatoes
Corn
Dairy
Legumes
Coffee
Alcohol
Peanuts

Why no cheese?
In my opinion, it’s fine to modify a diet to a certain extent to fit your lifestyle. If I do end up doing Paleo, I won’t be so strict with it. I’ll still enjoy my coffee and my cheese. Remember how I said the Paleo diet is exactly what was eaten in Paleolithic times? That’s why dairy is on the “what not to eat list”. Early man did not drink milk or have the means to produce other dairy products. My advice: If you can’t give up the cheese, just cut back on it and follow a modified version of the diet. Some people are sensitive to cheese in which case it may be a good idea to cut it out completely. On a good note, BUTTER is find to have on the Paleo diet since it’s almost all fat with very little lactose.

Paleo & exercise
Paleo is all about eating natural foods and the recommended exercise follows along with that, focusing on everyday movement. However, it’s difficult in this day and age to get outside and move throughout the day. If you can do it without having to hit the gym and using the various machines, more power to you! But for those of us who work an office job and can’t get outside often, do what you can outside and hit the gym or use workout DVDs in your living room when you have to. The important thing is that you get yourself moving so just do what you can to make that happen.

The Paleo diet may seem pretty strict especially to the dieting newbie but remember that you can customize it to fit your needs. It’s basically all about eating whole foods and cutting all the junk food from your life. That’s the KEY. I recommend trying it out and making adjustments as you go. If this isn’t the one for you, don’t be scared to move onto something else! Try new things and have fun with it. This isn’t supposed to be a temporary things. It’s a lifestyle change so be sure to find a diet that you truly love.

Tell me, what types of diets have you tried in the past? What worked for you and what didn’t? Share in the COMMENTS below 🙂

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