Thursday, August 13, 2009

A little bit about the Paleolithic LIfestyle

I've had some questions about following the Paleo Diet so I thought I would try to explain it a little more. There is SO much information out there and lots of "big confusing words". As plainly as I can put it with the Paleolithic diet you are cutting out grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils and focusing on eating meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and nuts.

The easiest things to cut out first are, sugar, pasta, bread and rice.

So let's start with breakfast. No cereal, that's grains. Some items for breakfast could be scrambled eggs, organic sausage, fruit, almond butter. I like to cook some organic sausage and add in a bag of frozen onion and peppers. I do this at the beginning of the week, then have it ready each day. I scramble some eggs and add in the sausage. I have an apple and dip it in almond butter.

Lunch:
Deli slices of meat with mayonnaise spread over it and rolled up like a cigar. You can add any other sandwich items, just not the bread.
Fruit or raw veggies
Nuts, Avocado, or Olives
Salads are always good. There is SO much good produce and meat (like deli slices or canned chicken) you can put on them. A good paleo dressing is Olive oil and lemon juice.

Dinner
Again you're just trying to avoid the types of food that came around after we began farming like grains, rice, sugar. Basically anything that is refined.
Suggestions for dinner would be a meat, veggie and a good fat (nuts, avocado, olives).
Just leave out dinner rolls, pasta or rice.

You may think that is crazy to cut that stuff out, you might think you couldn't get full without pasta, rice or bread but a good way to think about your food is fuel for the day. Those things have NOTHING good for your body, they give you no fuel or nutrition. All of the items on the Paleo diet give you this.

A way to cut out sugar is to use substitutes. We use Honey and Agave Nectar. These are two low-glycemic sweeteners. I make "sweet-tea" by adding honey and it tastes just the same as what I grew up on.

There are so many other things you can eat, check back often to get tips and recipes from me if you're interested in Paleo. And send me any questions you have. I'm no expert, just wading into the pool right now :)

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