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Paleo – what’s it all about

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A Paleo diet (or Palaeolithic diet or caveman diet) is all about eating natural foods to help achieve optimal health – anything we could hunt or gather – meats, fish, leafy greens, nuts, veggies, seeds, eggs. So no pasta, cereal, rice, bread, cakes, biscuits, bugger!

I have been eating mostly paleo for a long time, but it wasn’t until about 5-6 months ago I was a little more ‘strict’, like a bit of an experiment! And what have I found?

Over the last 5-6 years I have been eating very healthy (as most of you know, as I like to practice what I preach), but I decided to try this paleo way of eating, as it seemed like something that made sense to me, something I can agree with. I tend to follow this way of eating about 90% of the time. I have found energy levels are higher, no bloating, I am not hungry, blood sugar levels are stable, I don’t crave sweet things – fruit is sweet for me. When I was injured last year and couldn’t exercise, my clothes still fitted, even though I wasn’t exercising as much as I did when not injured – assuming my weight stayed about the same (don’t weigh myself!)

Some will say Paleo is pretty restrictive, and others will want to give it a try and see. If you are following my eating plans/recipes you are pretty much there anyway! Majority of my recipes in my eBooks can be paleo Рjust by taking out the brown rice, or wheat free pasta, taking out sourdough bread and oats.  Replace them with lots of salad/greens and sweet potato and quinoa in moderation.

There is SO much information, research, points of view on this subject and I don’t like to get all sciencey, cause you might fall asleep! But if you are interested in reading more, here are a few links that I have found interesting

http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/10/04/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz2JLttZWFV

http://thepaleodiet.com/paleo-diet-faq/

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-101/

Research suggests that eating a paleo lifestyle could

  • Reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and most chronic degenerative diseases that affect people in the western world
  • Stabilise blood sugar
  • Burn off stored fat
  • Help you lose weight if you are overweight
  • Improve your athletic performance
  • Reduce allergies
  • Slow or reverse progression of an autoimmune disease
  • Improve or eliminate acne
  • Sleep better and have more energy throughout the day
  • Enjoy an increased libido
  • Improve your mental outlook and clarity
  • Enjoy a longer, healthier, more active life

What can you eat:

  • Vegetables – as much as you want!
  • Fruit – minimise this if you want to lose weight, as fruit can be high in sugar – berries are best!
  • Protein – seafood, poultry, meat (I tend not to eat a lot of red meat). It is better to eat grass fed, not grain fed – as the hormones can mess with you
  • Eggs
  • Oils – coconut oil, avocado, olive oil
  • Nuts – if you can find them in nature, they are OK to eat – brazils, almonds, walnuts. Just don’t overeat them – no more than a handful a day

What you can’t eat:

  • Dairy – milk, butter, cream, yoghurt, ice cream, cheese etc
  • Starches – no potatoes, no rice, no breads
  • Processes foods – anything in a box, or in the freezer (apart from fruit & veg), is most likely a no go!
  • Grains – rice, pasta, flours, oats
  • Legumes -beans, peas, peanuts
  • Sugars – fake and real sugars!
  • Soft drinks
  • Caffeine

Foods I eat in moderation, but if you follow a strict paleo lifestyle, you would add to the can’t eat column

  • Quinoa (it is technically not a grain or a seed!)
  • Corn (some consider it a grain)
  • Oat milk – only because almond milk is too sweet for me
  • Alcohol – there is discussion about wine being grapes etc

So if you want to try it, you can start slow – if you want recipe ideas, check out my ebooks or sign up for Mummy Bootcamp @ home!

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