Before you begin the paleo challenge you need to know a few things. First of all – the paleo diet is a lifestyle! It is not just another diet!
It is an approach to diet that is based on the quality of foods you eat. It mimics the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors (they were eating lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. It excludes foods that came from agriculture or processing (dairy, grains, refined sugars…).
Paleo Diet – Basic Concept
These foods are the foods that we are genetically adapted to. After all, our diets have evolved but our bodies haven’t. There are many benefits to eating this way, including a naturaly lean body, skin without acne, iproved athletic performance and recovery, and relief from numerous metabolic related and autoimmune diseases.
There is a specific food list provided on paleo diet food list webpage, but here are the general rules:
- you can eat all lean meat, fish, seafood and eggs
- you can eat all non starchy seasonal veggies
- plenty of seaonal fruit
- moderate healthy fats
- moderate nuts and seeds
- no grains or cereals at all
- no legumes
- no dairy products
- no processed foods (make your own sausages)
- no sugar