Paleo Diet In Modern Times

Paleo Diet In Modern Times

Paleo diet in modern times put most simply is whatever would have been eaten by people living anywhere from 10,000 to 2,500,000 years ago – generally known as Palaeolithic man (and woman of course!).

The paleo diet in modern timesOf course there are a few issues when it comes to knowing exactly these ‘cavemen‘ actually ate. Not least is the fact that they lived an awfully long time ago! Ten thousand years, the recent end of what is commonly termed the Paleolithic period, is still a long time ago – a lot has changed since then.

That tremendous time span makes it very hard to be sure what people did eat. Within recorded history, the last three or four thousand years or so, we can be pretty sure about people’s diets, but past a few thousand years, into the paleolithic times, and we’re really taking guesses. There will of course be some very well educated guesses amongst them, but guesses none the less. It’s pretty tricky to establish just what a paleo diet really was when you’re dealing with records that are largely fossilized

Another problem when it comes to defining a true paleo diet is that of evolution. Just as man has evolved over the course of millions of years, so our food has changed. As soon as we started cultivating crops and domesticating animals, we changed our relationship with it, and changed the way that change takes place. This continues to the present day with the much dreaded GMOs of curse.

Paleo Diet in modern times

So while we may not be able to say for certain exactly what the paleo diet was, we can at least agree on what we mean when we say we’re ‘going paleo’ or following a paleo recipe. Well sort of agree!

Perhaps the simplest way to put it is to say that, on a paleo diet, we would eat nothing that Paleolithic man wouldn’t have eaten, and we eat as much as possible of what they would have eaten.

Paleo Diet in modern times

So what does that mean when it comes to real, food on your dinner plate? At its heart, the paleo diet is: Plenty of vegetables, some meat, eggs and fish and some fruit, nuts and seeds, and that’s about it. Another way of putting would be: No grains, no legumes, no potatoes, no sugars or sweeteners, no dairy, no preservatives, additives, processed, emulsified, or otherwise manufactured ‘foodstuffs’.

Another good way to judge whether something is right for a paleo diet is to ask if you can eat it raw. The general principle is that if you can’t eat it raw then you probably shouldn’t be eating it at all! Whether you want to eat it raw is a different matter, but you’ll find that most foods on a paleo diet can be eaten raw if you choose. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, obviously, but also meat and fish can be eaten raw. You might not want to chew on raw meat or fish, but you’ll do a lot better with either of those than you would with raw potatoes or wheat, and besides, think sushi!

Paleo Diet In Modern Times

The paleo diet, realistically, and for most people, is going to consist of plenty of fresh vegetables, good quality meats, fish and eggs, fruit, nuts and seeds. People have differing views about how strict one should be in observing a ‘proper’ paleo diet. At the end of the day it’s going to be a matter of personal choice and, most likely, convenience

Some people are quite happy to make paleo versions of modern foods such as pizza and cakes by making things like sweet potato brownies and cauliflower pizza base. Paleo recipes like these will usually use modern equipment such as food processors, blenders and, of course, an oven – it’s hardly an open fire in the mouth of a cave as shown in all the best ‘caveman‘ movies! Objectors to this modernization tend to insist that all food should be chewed, rather than processed – so smoothies tend to be out – and generally a lot less sweet than most of us are used to.

Paleo Diet in modern times

Probably the best advice is to try it for yourself and find what works for you. The starting point for the paleo diet, however, should always be to stop eating grains, sugars, potatoes and legumes, along with anything else that needs to be processed before you can eat it. There is one more question, and that is whether or not you stop eating dairy products. This debate between the paleo diet (no dairy at all) and primal eating (some dairy allowed as long as you can tolerate it) is, however, one that will have to wait for another day!

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Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Incorporate paleo diet into your lifestyle. While there is no single way to get started on a Paleo Diet, there are many wrong ways.

Because of Paleo’s balanced approach to nutrition, many people embrace the whole Paleo lifestyle as a way to lose weight. But being able to, incorporate it successfully can be challenging, especially for Paleo newcomers.

The foundation of the Paleo philosophy is built on eliminating processed foods from your diet because our ancestors did not have these types of foods. As a general rule of thumb if a food item is pre-made, don’t eat it. Meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, nuts, and healthy oils such as olive oil are foods that you can eat on this diet. Creating well balanced meals can be difficult.

Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Breakfast Examples

ioncorporatepaleo diet into your lifestleSince eggs are rich in protein and low in calories, many people on the Paleo Diet incorporate them into breakfast. Poached eggs with olive oil and sea salt, fruit salad and low calorie omelette with spinach and mushrooms are all Paleo friendly meals that you can enjoy on this diet. Since dairy is not allowed, you should not use milk or cheese. However, almond milk is a great alternative that works with this diet.

Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Lunch Examples

incorporate pal;eo diet into your lifestyleFor lunch, you can enjoy a large, fresh tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar for dressing and a few nuts for added protein. You can also incorporate meat into your lunch, such as grilled chicken with vegetables or salsa.

There are books available that give you lunch recipes, such as the one pictured here.

Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Dinner Examples

incorporate paleo diet into your lifestyleDinner meal ideas are similar to lunch since many people like to incorporate meat and veggies into their entree. Fish and steamed broccoli, chicken stir fry, and steak are all acceptable meals on the Paleo Diet. Salmon and other seafood meals are also options

to consider. However, you should be careful with how you prepare your meals. Never fry or bread meat. Most carbohydrates such as bread are not allowed on the Paleo Diet. You can bake, broil, grill and even boil meat as a healthier alternative.

Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Snacks

incorporate paleo diet into your lifestyleSnack time can be challenging while on the Paleo Diet. Keep fresh fruit and nuts on hand to avoid giving in to tempting snack foods. You can also prepare your own fresh vegetable tray with an olive oil based dipping sauce. Fruit salad is another popular snack food on the Paleo Diet. If you prefer a meat based snack, you can create a quick and healthy snack wrap. Simply place lunch meat and your favorite sandwich veggies in a large lettuce leaf, wrap, and enjoy.

Incorporate Paleo Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Counting Calories

incorporate paleo diet into your lifestyleMost people on the Paleo Diet do not count their calories. However, if you are committed to losing weight you should keep track of your calories. Since the Paleo Diet can be low carb, depending on which foods you eat the most, it is important to speak with your doctor before starting it to ensure that it is right for you.

The Paleo Diet is essentially a type of low carb diet. It can help you lose those stubborn pounds and develop the muscle definition you have been dreaming of. Get started with these meal ideas.

As a professionally trained triathlete and anthropology major, Ned Campbell is a dedicated advocate of the healthy and sustainable Paleo lifestyle.

A native of the Colorado Rockies, Campbell originally discovered the Paleo diet during his father’s battle with Parkinson’s, and continues to spread the good word in the fight against degenerative diseases of all kinds.

At home in his Colorado residence, Campbell prepares healthy Paleo dishes for his two sons and their beagle, Rosy.

Ned has written a book called Paleo Diet for Beginners

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Replacing Carbs With Nuts

Replacing Carbs With Nuts

replacing carbs with nutsI have recently been reading about the effect of replacing  carbs with nuts, has been having on type 2 diabetes. It got me to wondering how this is put into effect in the paleo diet. Now the reports I have been reading have not been to specific about the amount of carbs but it does state approximately 2 ounces of nuts were eaten in place of the carbs.

In those tested, who were replacing carbs with nuts, the blood sugars were less as also was their LDL cholesterol. As the paleo diet recommends nut oils and nut butters could we now be eating too many nut products? There is always the delicate balance of what is good for you and what is bad for you. The reason you have changed to the paleo diet may also be a factor.

Replacing Carbs With Nuts

The United States Government have even gone as far as allowing labeling on food products to read ” Diets containing one ounce of nuts per day can reduce your risk of heart disease”. There are also studies that show those eating a small amount of nuts each day  tend to weigh less than those not eating nuts and indeed nut eaters do tend to loose weight.

While all nuts are good for you, in moderation, some are better than others. Those best for you generally are Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios, with Almonds being the best nuts for disease prevention. All nuts eaten should be either raw or dry roasted without any salt or flavoring. Walnut are the best for preventing heart disease and peanuts are best for your brain.

Replacing Carbs With Nuts

The best nuts overall are mixed nuts although if you are strictly paleo you will not want peanuts to be in the mix. This can be a bit of a dilemma as peanuts are good for your brain.

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Paleo Diet And Its Health Benefits

Paleo Diet and Its Health Benefits

Paleo diet and its health benefits include healthy cells, brain, digestive system, reduced inflammation and less risk of developing disease and much more. This high fiber, high protein diet provides nutritious meals that can be enjoyed throughout the day, each providing its own contribution to improving your health.

Breakfast

paleo diet and its health benefitsBreakfast is the most important meal of the day because it breaks the fast you endured while sleeping. The Paleo diet has a wide range of delicious breakfast options and recipes that are high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The benefits of consuming a Paleo diet breakfast include endurance, boost of energy, improved focus and concentration. This contributes to the paleo diet and its health benefits.

Lunch

paleo diet and its health benefitsThe Paleo diet lunch is plentiful and you can eat as much as you want. No more calorie counting on your lunch break. Since all of the food in the Paleo diet is natural, healthy, low calorie food, you can then be able to eat in abundance and still maintain a healthy weight.

The benefits of eating a Paleo diet lunch include improved energy and balanced mid-day blood glucose levels.

The Paleo Diet and Its Health Benefits

Snack

Snacks are highly important to the Paleo diet. They assist in curving hunger, stabilizing blood sugar levels and keeping you full until your next meal. Snacks are also incredibly tasty and enjoyable to eat for any reason throughout the day. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips or junk food, the Paleo diet snacks are much more flavorful and healthy.

Some of the more popular Paleo diet snacks include flavorful egg muffins, hummus and vegetables and bacon,guacamole sandwiches. When you are on the go, brink along convenient snacks such as baby carrots, homemade beef jerky, apple slices and other fruit. There are many snack recipes, enough to be able to eat a different snack every day of the year and beyond.

The Paleo Diet and Its Health Benefits

Dinner

paleo diet and its health benefitsDinner is usually the last meal of the day, with the exception of a small snack afterwards. Dinner can be soup, salad and a sandwich or a carefully prepared meal or a slowcooker dish. Benefits from dinner and consuming a Paleo diet on a daily basis includes improved sleep, reduced allergies, better absorption of nutrients from food, improved symptoms from respiratory problems and asthma, healthier digestive system, easier weight management, improved mental clarity, visibly healthy hair, clear skin, balanced blood glucose levels, improved immune function, lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, increased strength and muscle growth, less bloating, improved attitude and mood, plus increased energy levels that will last throughout the entire day.

So as can see making the Paleo diet a lifestyle change will allow you to naturally and easily lose weight and be able to maintain a healthy bodyweight. Consuming breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on a daily basis will help speed up your metabolism, naturally release toxins and fat from your body and build muscle.

As a professionally trained triathlete and anthropology major, Ned Campbell is a dedicated advocate of the healthy and sustainable Paleo lifestyle.

A native of the Colorado Rockies, Campbell originally discovered the Paleo diet during his father’s battle with Parkinson’s, and continues to spread the good word in the fight against degenerative diseases of all kinds.

At home in his Colorado residence, Campbell prepares healthy Paleo dishes for his two sons and their beagle, Rosy.

Ned has written a book called Paleo Diet for Beginners

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Paleo Diet Rocks

Paleo Diet Rocks

Paleo diet rocks. For decades I have always believed that cavemen had the best diet as refined carbs such as bread, rice and pasta were not around at that time and therefore they were able to eat a lot more healthily and as nature intended.

paleo diet rocksI had no idea that anybody else agreed with my belief, let alone that there was actually a name for such a diet (what with being brought up in a Nigerian household in South London, with such foods as rice and yam being part of the staple diet. My dear mother would often take offense when I would decline her jollof rice or pounded yam in favor of a steak and salad by retorting that if this caveman diet that I believed to be so healthy was any good, then why did they all die out… ?) so it was absolutely amazing to find out some years later whilst training to be a personal trainer that such a diet actually existed today.

Paleo Diet Rocks

What I was thinking for so many years about a caveman diet did make sense!

The Paleolithic – or Paleo for short – diet is the caveman diet. It consists of all that you can imagine cavemen basically ate when they were running around, catching dinosaurs to eat. (Which coincidentally must have been a workout in itself. Those guys must have looked fit!) The paleo diet rocks!

So what does this caveman diet consist of? We’re talking nuts, berries, fruit, vegetables, fish and, of course, meat. Nature’s food and nothing else. Nothing added, processed or refined.

Sounds perfect to me. Why anyone would think that tampering with this healthy diet by adding refined carbohydrates to the formula would be a good idea is truly beyond me as it has long been proven that this is far from the case. The paleo diet rocks!

It is now widely acknowledged that those who consume high levels of carbohydrates within their diets are more likely to suffer from high cholesterol and sugar levels, as well as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. All problematic symptoms that were non existent prior to mankind’s introduction to, and unfortunate interest in, refined carbs.

The Paleo Diet Rocks

This is an absolute fact that I am in no doubt of. Just as I firmly believe that microwaves should be banned from the face of the earth and are a contributory cause of such major illnesses such as cancer… but that’s another blog topic for another day – which I will definitely elaborate on – as how anyone can feel safe about eating anything that has supposedly cooked through from frozen in less time than it takes to put on false eyelashes, all through the power of radiation, is totally off their heads and needs to be educated and saved. Especially if they are also ‘nuking’ a meal in a microwave that basically consists of nothing more than refined carbohydrates.

Realize that refined carbs have not been around for that long in the bigger perspective of how long mankind has been on this earth. The increase in the intake of carbohydrates has only really happened since the introduction of agriculture and even more recently, it’s only been within the past century that refined carbohydrates have become more and more prevalent within the Western world’s diet. This correlates highly with the increase in the modern diseases previously mentioned and it would be foolish to ignore.

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Paleo Is For Life

Paleo Is For Life

paleo is for lifePaleo is for life may seem to be a little contrite but it does also depend on which way you read it. Does it mean paleo gives you life or is it when you change to paleo you do it for the rest of your life. Paleo as a dietary option is a healthy diet which in the majority of cases also make you feel good. You feel good because the diet does you good! If you don’t believe me just try it for yourself.

Paleo Is For Life

The paleo diet just like any diet should be a life changing decision. It doesn’t matter what diet you are trying to follow, the only way permanent change can take place is by permanent change of your diet and lifestyle. So paleo is for life.

 Paleo Is For Life

What makes paleo so special? The whole paleo diet revolves around only eating natural foods. You eat meat that has been free range with no supplement to its diet to fatten it up. It should have been feeding only on organic feed. Your vegetables should also be organic. You cannot get more natural than that.

You are going to stop eating all the highly processed foods and all those foods that are known to cause gastric problems. They are going to be replaced with foods that your body finds easy to digest.

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Paleo Mindset

Paleo Mindset

Paleo MindsetPaleo mindset – have you got it? Are you always dreaming of foods that are not paleo? I did when I first started, but I don’t anymore. Why? Well I am not sure but I have a couple of theories about why. If you are having problems thinking about non paleo foods then perhaps you should try a couple of my tricks.

Paleo Mindset

While I may not agree completely with everything in the video, the basic figures cannot be ignored. So it is not just a case of removing all thoughts of non paleo foods from your mind. There are other things you can do to help yourself. I personally love dark and bitter chocolate, in fact I prefer it to the lower quality cocoa types. So while it is not perfectly paleo I try to think of dark chocolate as a non paleo or naughty food. This helps me a great deal when dealing with the thoughts of foods I used to eat before turning to paleo.

So the first thing I recommend is to think about the paleo foods you really enjoy eating. Start your paleo mindset  with a list of the paleo foods you really enjoy. Now when your mind wanders to foods you should not be eating think of those paleo foods that you do like and enjoy eating.

Paleo Mindset

 When the feeling of non paleo foods gets too strong then follow the advice in the video. If you are eating 5 times a day (three meals and two snacks) then you could allow yourself at least one non paleo snack as long as you don’t go too far off the paleo scale. If you are always thinking of non paleo foods and cannot think of any paleo foods you do like, then perhaps you should be considering if you are eating the correct foods for your body type. While I believe paleo is the correct way to go and my body enjoys it it may not be right for you.

 

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Paleo Diet Fact or Fiction

Paleo Diet Fact or Fiction

paleo diet fact or fictionPaleo diet fact or fiction looks at some of the content available on the internet. It would appear that there are those who support the paleo way of life and also those who say it is just a diet that does not work.

I have watched a few videos on you tube and there is a definite division between the camps. I have seen a video that says paleo is all about eating mainly meat. The person in this video certainly does not understand Paleo. Another video went through medical facts extolling some of those foods that are not at all paleo. But I am sure if you look hard enough you will find many people who come to harm eating the same foods.

Paleo Diet Fact or Fiction

To me it does seem a great pity that the so called experts cannot give a true picture of what different diets do. I suppose it all depends on who will pay them the most.

I can understand government departments that extoll the goodness of wheat, barley etc. They have to do that because they are often subsidizing the farming industry. And of course newspapers that rely on these industries for their advertising revenue are not going to back anything that does not make them a good profit.

This means you are very unlikely to get a true picture from these sources as they cannot afford to go against those who pay them money. But isn’t everyone missing the main point here? There is no such thing as a one size fits all diet. A diet has to be individual to each person. It has to take in dietary requirements for that person and also their metabolic requirements.

Paleo Diet Fact or Fiction

My conclusion is it is no use listening to anyone when it comes to dietary products and needs. I would suggest that you try the diet to see if it fits in with your particular lifestyle. If it does and gives you the results you want to achieve then stick with it.

Where does that leave me with the paleo diet? I will carry on with it because I am feeling benefits from it. Yes! I did have to play with different things, (as a diabetic), to get something that suited me and my metabolic system.

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Paleo Mind Over Matter

Paleo Mind Over Matter

paleo mind over matter Paleo mind over matter. Why do I think it is important? Most people when they are talking about Paleo, are only thinking of the external effects that the Paleo diet has on them. They talk about how they are feeling physically and then also about any relevance of weight loss, skin, muscles and energy. I say relevance because there comes a time when you reach your ideal weight and so weight loss is no longer one of your main concerns.

Have you ever stopped to think about the mental effects it is having? Are our stress levels being effected? Is there anything else we could be doing to improve things?

Paleo is a way of life. It is not some fad diet dreamt up by someone, (with or without any qualifications to do so). It is something our ancient ancestors did automatically.

 Paleo Mind Over Matter

We are so tied up in the modern way of living that many do not consider the effects on their mind until something happens that forces them to take a new look at what they are doing and why.

We do not set aside time to relax and nurture our mind, instead we are too busy with living our life.

Sometimes we don’t even listen to our body when it tells us things are not right.

Long gone are the times when everybody sat around the fire, singing, chanting and listening to the elders as they imparted their wisdom on the younger members.

If you are truly Paleo then you should be using your mind both by giving advice and listening to others who may be wiser.

It is time to take a lot more care of your mind. While you may be feeling good in yourself, how is your mind. Are you really happy or are you just putting on a brave face?

 

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Paleo Diet Nutrients

Paleo Diet Nutrients

paleo diet nutrientsPaleo diet nutrients seems to be the cause of much speculative conversation. The uninitiated always putting up arguments for the lack of essential nutrients if you follow the paleo diet. To them the only way you can get calcium is through eating dairy products. All I have to say to that is rubbish! The number of people who are willing to decry things they do not understand is quite astounding.

Paleo Diet Nutrients

Lets look at a few of these nutrients and see where they come from if you follow the paleo diet. As I have already mentioned calcium we will start with that. Calcium is essential but in the correct proportions. Many people ingest too much calcium which can inhibit the absorption of magnesium.

Good paleo calcium sources are green leafy vegetables, fish, such as salmon or mackerel and  nuts, walnuts or hazelnuts and of course eggs especially the yolks.

As we mentioned magnesium this will be our next discussion. With the paleo diet we can obtain magnesium from mineral water, nuts, halibut, espresso,  seeds and dark chocolate Swiss chard and spinach are also excellent sources.  If you are still worried you could use supplements ending in ‘ate’.

You can also absorb magnesium through the skin using magnesium oil or by bathing in epsom salts.

Manganese is another nutrient that your body needs. Nuts are a very good source of manganese with the hazelnut being the best, but other nuts such as macadamia’s, pine nuts, walnuts, and pecans are good. Shell fish also offer paleo diet nutrients that you need with mussels coming out on top.

Iron is another of those nutrients that we need, especially women. Most red meats have iron but the best is liver. Clams, oysters, octopus, shrimp, mussels and cuttlefish are also abundant in iron. Dark vegetables and dark chocolate all also iron rich foods.

It does not matter what nutrient you are talking about your paleo diet nutrients are always there. It is all about a balanced diet.

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