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The Paleo Diet has become quite popular, especially for people willing to lose weight on a protein based diet. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it is based on aliments that our paleolithic ancestors might most likely have eaten, such as meat, nuts and berries. The theory behind it says that humans evolved nutritional needs specific to the kind of food that was available at that time and that even as modern humans, their need remain best adapted to the diet of their ancestors. The claim is that human metabolism has not been able to adapt and handle the foods available since agricultural revolution, such as grain, legumes, processed food and dairy.
Paleo followers believe that because mankind is eating what they cannot metabolize, more and more diseases are on the rise: obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and that followers of the paleo diet may enjoy a longer and healthier life.
What you can eat:
• Animals that eat grass
• Fish and seafood
• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• Nuts and seed
• Olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, etc
What you cannot eat:
• Cereal grains
• Legumes (peanut is a legume)
• Refined sugar
• Processed food
• Refined oils
What kind of meals you can have in a paleo diet:
A good breakfast to start the day is an easy omelet with sauté veggies (onion, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli) and diced turkey or chicken breast.
A very simple and delicious way to eat a paleo lunch is making salad with anything you like: spinach, radishes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, avocadoes, walnuts, almonds and sliced apples or pears and mixing in your favourite meat, ground beef, beef slices, chicken, turkey, ground bison, pork chunks, etc or fish, seafood of your choice such as salmon, shrimp, tuna, or any fresh fish or seafood. To put some taste into it use olive oil and lemon juice.
If you are already missing a delicious spaghetti, why not trying spaghetti squash? You can add some pesto, marinara and turkey meatballs. Roasted beets and some greens with pork meat is also a great idea. You can also steam asparagus, broccoli, and spinach and eat with Salmon, halibut, or other fresh fish filets grill and a packs full of cut vegetables with olive oil and garlic.
What about berries and other fruits for dessert? Also dried fruits are a good idea. People who are not the “sweet” kind can also eat cut carrot and celery sticks and portions of raw nuts.
An example of a daily meal would be:
• Breakfast: scrambled eggs from free range chickens in olive oil and some chopped parsley. Grapefruit or any seasonal fruit you like and herbal tea.
• Snack: Sliced lean beef with fresh apricots or other seasonal fruit or dried fruits.
• Lunch: Caesar salad with chicken cubes (olive oil and lemon dressing), herbal tea
• Snack: Apple slices and raw nuts.
• Dinner: Tomato and avocado slices with grilled turkey or chicken breast; steamed broccoli, carrots, and artichoke; one glass wine (white) or mineral water. And for dessert a bowl of fresh blueberries, raisins, 1and almonds;
Of course, our ancestors didn’t have wine to drink but the 85:15 rule allows you to consume thre non-Paleo meals per week.