By Adrian Bryant

What is a Paleo Diet?

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In simple terms, a Paleo Diet is all about eating the way cave people of Paleolithic age. This would include foods that could be hunted or found in the wild and in nature.

This would also mean the exclusion of any type of food that isn't organically grown, has preservatives and processed artificial ingredients in it, or even comes under the category or hybrid foods.

Research shows that over 30-40% of the food that is available today is processed and stored over time, making it less nutritional and also unhealthy. Frozen foods and meat grown using artificial stimulants are all over the food markets, and it's not always easy to distinguish between organic and inorganic. This is probably why so many young people are suffering from various health issues at a much earlier age than our ancestors did.

Foods You Can Eat on the Paleo Diet:

  1. Beef, pork or poultry that is organically grown and lean cuts only
  2. Hunting animals such as bison, quail, duck, and venison
  3. Free-range eggs, boiled, and not more than one egg a day
  4. Fresh fruits, preferably home-grown or bought from farmer's markets
  5. All types of sea fish and shellfish, but fresh and not the frozen kind
  6. Vegetables like onions and asparagus that have a low starch content
  7. Pumpkin seeds, walnuts and other types of nuts, but eaten in moderation
  8. Low cholesterol oils like olive oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil and so on

Foods to Avoid on the Paleo Diet:

paleo foods not to eat
  1. Any types of cereals or grains which are loaded with starch
  2. Both natural and complex forms of sugar, which includes honey and candies
  3. Peanuts, peas, and other types of legumes
  4. Aerated and sugary soft drinks or syrups
  5. Cured, processed or frozen meat of any kind
  6. Any and all dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and so on

So why do the Paleo Diet?

3 Pros:

1. Healthier

Undoubtedly, a Paleo diet is a much healthier lifestyle choice. It would exclude junk food, fast food, and processed food which have little to no nutritional value. Sure, they taste good and can be hard to resist, but the long-term benefit of a Paleo diet is it is the much more healthy and risk-free alternative.

2. Less Calories

Those of us who also want to cut down on unnatural fats and lose weight can rely on a Paleo Diet to cut down on oil, saturated fats, and calories. Eating healthy and organic foods is a sure shot way of cutting down on additional calories that are built up when food is processed.

3. Lower Risk of Disease

The risk of contracting diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol levels also gets pushed or can even be avoided, depending on one's family health history. Either way, diet is the primary cause and source of such diseases, and a Paleo diet would be a great solution to avoiding these problems.

2 Cons:

1. Paleo Foods Not Readily Available

Organically grown food isn't very readily available anymore, because processed foods are easy to manufacture and also more profitable, so not a lot of stores and restaurants sell this type of food.

2. Expensive

Due to the scarcity of organic meat and vegetables, those places that do sell them price then very highly. An expensive diet can be a drain on the pocket.

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