Paleo diet explained. What are the pros and cons of the Paleo diet? is the Paleo diet for you? Generally our views on the Paleo lifestyle. The proclaimed caveman diet! There are many images of people with ‘paleo before and after’ photos claiming that this is the best eating pattern for all. Find out whats what and make your own decision.
The paleo diet was given its name due to its aim to replicate how we ate in the paleolithic Age (age of the cavemen). The diet is largely based around lean meats, green vegetables and healthy fats. You can eat:
Lean meat, such as chicken, turkey, pork, lean beef, and buffalo (bison)
Non-starchy vegetables, such as lettuce, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and spinach
Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and pistachios (no peanuts)
Seeds like pumpkin and sunflower
Plant-based oils, such as olive, walnut, grapeseed, and coconut
You can’t eat:
Grains, such as oats, wheat, barley, and rice — which means no cereal, bread, pasta, bagels, crackers, or granola bars
Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn, as well as potato and corn chips, tortillas, and popcorn
Legumes or beans — so no peanuts or peanut butter; no soy foods, such as soy milk, tofu, or edamame; no hummus, black beans, or baked beans
All dairy products — so no milk, yogurt, cheese, or ice cream
High-fat meats, such as salami, bologna, pepperoni, hot dogs, ground meat, rib roast, and ribs
Sugars, such as in soda, honey, jam or jelly, syrup, candy, cakes, cookies, and sports drinks
Processed foods or trans fats, such as doughnuts, french fries, fruit snacks, or mac and cheese
Salty foods, such as crackers, chips, pretzels, soy sauce, added-salt foods, or sports drinks
So what are the benefits and drawbacks?
You will eat a clean diet without additives, preservatives, or chemicals.
You do get the anti-inflammatory benefit from the plant nutrients in fruits, vegetables, oils, nuts, and seeds.
You will be eating more iron through increased red meat intake.
You will have improved satiety — a feeling of fullness between meals, due to the higher intake of protein and fats.
Most people will lose weight primarily due to the limited food choices.
this eating plan can be very pricey.
You don’t eat any grains, whole or otherwise, which are good for health and energy.
If you take away foods and nutrients and don’t find suitable replacements, you can create a nutrient imbalance.
This diet can be really hard for vegetarians, especially since the diet excludes beans.
Most athletes need between 3 to 6 grams of carbs per pound of their body weight, per day. This would be very hard to do with just fruits and vegetables.
Don’t take it the wrong way there are plenty of people that are more than fine eating this way. We just think that it is not a general eating pattern that everyone can follow. When something is complicated like this you may find yourself more likely to deviate and possibly over eat.
Is the paleo diet for you? You can decide by giving it a shot.
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