We have discussed the foods you can eat on the Paleo Diet. I would like to talk a little now about those that are not recommended and why these foods should not be consumed if you are following the Paleo Diet.
Cutting out dairy products may seem strange but it is one of the main principles of those who follow the Paleo diet. This includes foods like ice cream, butter, milk, yogurt and cheese. People who do eat diary the Paleo Diet do so in a very limited way.The reasoning behind not eating these sources of dairy is that they were not available to our ancestors who lived 500 generations ago. The majority of these products are highly processed and they are not a ‘natural’ food.
Think about the way your body treats the calcium in these foods. This is to do with alkaline and acid levels in your body. All food is processed through your kidneys and excessive amounts of calcium are excreted by your body. There is no need to worry about becoming calcium deficient on the Paleo diet, because many of the leafy green vegetables contain high amounts of calcium! It is simply not true that we need dairy products in our diet to ensure that we get the needed amount of calcium each day.
A little sea salt added to your foods will not affect your dieting attempts. On the other hand salt found in processed foods can. Our body retains water if we get too much salt and when this happens your body will feel puffy and bloated. Unfortunately food manufacturers put high amounts of salt in foods as a preservative. This is not natural and can have adverse results on your health.
Potatoes are other starchy vegetables is also recommended to be avoided while on the Paleo diet. The reasoning is that these king of vegetables need to be cooked and therefore are not a true raw food. All types of legumes and grains should also be avoided as they cannot be eaten in a raw state. However, many debate over this argument. Another thing to think about is that starchy vegetables affect your blood sugar levels. Potatoes are known to cause high spikes in your blood sugar level and this is the thinking behind why they should be avoided. High spikes are what causes you to have sudden and acute hunger pangs along with feelings of weakness.
Foods like ketchup, sauces, sugars, oils, margarines, hot dogs, bacon, soft drinks, muffins and fruit juices should be completely eliminated from our diet. They are full of chemicals, fats and other ingredients that you cannot pronounce let alone digest. Processed foods should be completely avoided on the Paleo diet. This would include things like grains, cookies, crackers, breads, canned and packaged foods. They all contain a lot of the wrong kinds of fats and a lot of various sugars. These products are known to be linked to being a cause of diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.
Foods that are allowed on the Paleo Diet are in a natural form while the others are all artificial and have been manipulated in one way or another by the human hand. Processed with additives, sugars, bad oils etc. When you honestly think about it… it makes sense that we would live a much healthier life if we only ate natural and unprocessed foods without all the added goodness we have become accustomed to today? It is no great wonder that so many are sick in this day and age when most people eat what pleases the palette instead of what is good for them.
Paleo Diet – Choosing Your Meat
Lean cuts of meat are always the best choice. I have listed some good examples:
* Lean beef
* Extra lean ground beef
* Chuck steak
Other choices may include organ meats such as liver, kidney and heart.
Here you can choose from chicken, turkey, goose, duck or quail. Eggs are a good source of protein which you can add to your diet although some consider them to be dairy.
Fish And Seafood
You can add fish and seafood to your diet including:
* Crab meat (not the fake stuff in a can)
* Red snapper
If you are feeling a little adventurous then game meats are on the list too! This includes choices such as elk, kangaroo, venison, pheasant and alligator.
When choosing your vegetable the Paleo Diet recommends staying away from starchy
choices as much as possible. Some great choices would be:
* Green and red bell peppers
* Swiss chard
* Summer squash
* Sweet potato
In addition to these choices there are lots of leafy green types of vegetables which you may not be familiar with. Some examples are:
* Collard greens
* Beet greens
* Chinese cabbage
* Dark green lettuce choices
Fruit is not restricted on the Paleo diet so this leaves you with your choice of
the following fruits:
Nuts and Seed Choices
* Sunflower seeds
* Sesame seeds
* Brazil nuts
* Pumpkin seeds
Good fats are allowed on the Paleo diet and they should be taken in the form of:
* Olive oil
* Flaxseed oil
* Avocado oil
* Nut butters
* Fish high in Omega 3 such as mackerel, sardines and salmon
This list selection is just a sample of what you can now eat on the Paleo diet. Obviously it is missing in things like rice, pasta, flour, refined sugars and white potatoes and bread.
At first you might be wondering how you will manage without these foods. Many people find that they do not miss these foods as much as they thought they might. Your body will feel full consuming these healthy choices. By eating more protein you will feel less hungry especially in between meals. You should find that your sugar cravings will disappear after a while.
Don’t worry too much about what you will be missing and think instead about your new choices and how you can be creative with them.