I’ve been hearing a lot about the paleo diet recently; it seems to be popping up everywhere! Makes sense because this pre-agricultural, clean-eating approach has a huge tribe: In 2015, paleo-certified foods sales exceeded $750 million, according to Nutrition Business Journal. I wanted to learn more about the paleo lifestyle, started doing some research and came across some great info from Delicious Living. Today we are going to be taking a look at what is means to eat paleo and debunk some of the common myths associated with it. Nutrition is always a hot topic. New ideas and meal plans are popping up every day. There are so many ‘diets’ and eating styles out there, how do you know which one is ‘the one’?? Even more than that, how do you even know which one(s) to try? It all starts with research. Often times with research, you can figure out if it is even something you would be interested in.
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Before we dive in, I’d like to mention: different things work for different people. I always encourage my clients to try something long enough to give it a fair chance. If it doesn’t work for you, that is okay. If you already have a workout or way of eating that works for you, keep doing that. No need jump to the latest ‘thing’ if you already found something that works for you.
I should also mention that this is not a plug for the paleo diet. I’m just sharing information about it so people, including myself, can be more informed. 🙂 I personally do not eat a strict paleo diet. Since I am allergic to gluten, I find myself making a lot of paleo recipes. Check out my paleo granola recipe!
What Does Paleo Mean?
The premise of the paleolithic (paleo) diet is simple: Eat only foods that existed during the hunter-gatherer era. That means grass-fed meats and wild fish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds (including their healthy oils), while excluding all dairy, legumes and grains.
TRUTH: Not necessarily. Although paleo certainly emphasizes low-carb, high-protein foods, some adherents focus on nonstarchy, green, leafy vegetables and try to reduce or even eliminate meat (yes, paleo veganism is a thing). One protein-rich, paleo-friendly plant option: hemp seed, which—though it’s not a complete protein—does contain more protein by weight than grass-fed beef.
TRUTH: On the contrary, recent studies point to Western reliance on starchy carbs and sugar, not fat and protein, as the primary culprit behind chronic illnesses like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. As with anything, you will want to watch portions and make sure you eat a balanced diet. Research also shows that eating plenty of fruits and veggies is excellent for health, in any diet. In addition to meat’s benefits, paleo eaters tout easy-to-make (or buy) bone broth for its purported gut-friendly, anti-inflammatory properties.
TRUTH: If you slap nothing but bacon-wrapped beef fillets on your plate, then yes, the costs will add up. But before humans hunted animals, they subsisted on fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds—typically the lowest cost-per-calorie foods on the planet. Make those the centerpiece of an affordable and nutritious paleo diet, and occasionally incorporate lean, grass-fed meats.
TRUTH: Hardly. With nearly the entire plant and meat world at their disposal, paleo enthusiasts enjoy delightfully inventive dishes and versatile condiments, such as mayo made from avocado instead of canola or soy. And when the sugar comes from fruit, dates, coconut or maple, you can have your chocolate and eat it, too.
TRUTH: It’s true that you’ll find a lot of paleo products at Crossfit gyms and competitions. But according to Nutrition Business Journal, the typical paleo eater isn’t a CrossFitter, but rather a middle-aged, affluent woman trying to boost athletic performance, lose weight or combat a health problem.
TRUTH: Actually, the paleo movement evangelizes a return to humane, regenerative food and land practices. “Hooves on the ground are essential to grassland health,” says Sarah Gleason of the Savory Institute, a grassland restoration nonprofit. “Properly managed livestock that mimic large, wild herds help restore the land and sequester carbon.” Next-gen paleo: products made from less-used animal parts to create incentives for responsible ranchers.
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So, there you have it – the paleo diet in a nutshell along with some paleo friendly snacks and food suggestions. 🙂 I hope this information helped you learn a little more about what eating paleo means. If you want to talk more about nutrition, let’s chat. I’d love to help you find something that works for you! contact me here: thesweetblondesfitlife (at) gmail (dot) com