By now, I’m sure you’ve looked up the eating styles we’ll be discussing. I’m starting with Paleo, Pt1.
What is Paleo?
Paleo is a diet modeled after what people ate during the Paleolithic era. That’s 10,000 years ago, minimum and well over 2 million. People also call it hunter-gatherer or caveman (which seem counter-intuitive, but that’s ok).
The intent is to get people back to a diet that was more in line with what humans consumed during that time. This post isn’t to argue that we’re different now and have access to better, nor is it to decide for you that this diet is best. We’re just having a conversation about what it is and what it’s not.
What it is:
- A proven weight loss method
- A method you can use to plan meals
- A highly suggested program
- Rich in protein, antioxidants, and fresh vegetables.
What it is not:
- A quick fix
- A catch-all diet
- A detox
Paleo is very straightforward. You’re eating VERY high-quality proteins, including grass-fed beef and wild caught salmon as well as wild game (boar, venison, quail, etc.). These proteins are costly because they are either expensive to raise or in such demand that the quantity is far less than the demand. The more wild, the better, as wild animals don’t have a force-fed diet and can eat what they’ve always eaten, providing essential nutrients to us.
You use a lot of oil from fruit and nuts (olive, walnut, avocado) to prepare your meals. Some of these oils can be costly, and you want to continue to use high-quality versions to give your body “clean fuel”.
Paleo also includes nuts, seeds, fruit, and vegetables (Not potatoes. Sorry). You can have the occasional yam, sweet potato, or acorn/butternut squash.
A true paleo diet will include organic versions of pretty much everything, which makes it more expensive. Overall, eating non-organic paleo will still be helpful to a person looking to meal plan for weight loss or for life. Keep in mind, Paleo’s key promise is health, which doesn’t always mean dramatic weight loss without an assist from a good-ole active lifestyle.
I know. I’m missing a ton of foods. Next week, we’ll dive into what’s not included and wrap this up.
If you can’t wait and want to dive into what’s right for you, just go ahead and book your meal planning consult, where we develop a customized meal plan, with meal suggestions and guidelines based off your intake call.
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