The palaeolithic diet is something that I first heard about on blogs and on my Instagram feed. Everyone was raving about this diet that’s been around for centuries, which quite literally means you eat like a caveman. You’re looking to eat foods which are primarily raw, no cooking involved for the most part, and almost certainly nothing with added preservatives. This diet has skyrocketed over the last few years, and has been dubbed as an easy way to lose weight, since it’s a complete change of lifestyle.
What you can eat
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Otherwise known as the ‘caveman diet’, paleo relies on a few major food groups to take in all the nutrients you need. Stock up on a variety of fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts and fish. While the diet focuses on raw eating, it does allow eating cooked meat and fish products every once in a while.
What you can’t eat
Bid adieu to snacks with refined sugars and any processed foods you can think of. These are harmful to the body, and you will notice a significant drop in weight loss when they’re cut out completely from your diet. Dairy is also another no-go since lactose isn’t well tolerated by many people. Lactose can cause bloating, indigestion and terrible stomachaches for many people so it’s best to stay away from it if you’re already feeling any of these symptoms. Almond milk is a great alternative for anyone looking to wean themselves off of milk altogether. Grains and beans are also not accepted in the paleo diet, since they are not a gluten-free alternative and don’t promote a healthy lifestyle.
There are many benefits if you choose to adapt the palaeolithic diet as part of your everyday lifestyle. Not only does it help shed any additional weight loss from processed foods, but it promotes stable blood sugar, reduces allergies, acts as an anti-inflammatory, contributes to clear skin and balances out energy throughout the day. This diet is ideal for anyone suffering with coeliac disease, since it promotes a gluten-free lifestyle.
You would have to be quite serious about changing your entire lifestyle to suit this diet, since there is absolutely no room for sweets, chocolates and dairy. If you’re just starting out and want to adapt a healthier eating plan, use the paleo pyramid as a guide. It will be harder to cut sweets out altogether, and rather think of it as a gradual process by first eliminating just a few sugary treats. This will reduce the chance of snacking on fatty foods in the future.
Would you incorporate the palaeolithic diet into your lifestyle?
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By Felicia Sapountzis