Paleo

Your Dietary Requirements Are Making Hanging Out A Pain

No, I won’t order you a low fat, soy, decaf latte with stevia.

Sugar-Free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet Tooth

The next time you’re feeling peckish and looking for an afternoon meal, pass on the preservative-filled snacks and try something that’s a little bit healthier for your overall wellbeing. Not only are sugar-free snacks quick and easy to whip-up, but can be enjoyed at almost any time of day.

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Strawberry creme truffles

Make these delicious strawberry creme truffles if you have a soft spot for berries, or simply if they’re just in season! The filling is so soft that it just melts in your mouth, and they are also gluten free, grain free, and paleo friendly as well.

Sugar-free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet ToothSoft pretzels

Who doesn’t love a traditional pretzel recipe? The great thing about this delicious snack is that the pretzels are gluten-free and completely made from scratch – so you know exactly what goes into the recipe. Serve with a side of sweet sauce to infuse the salty taste of the pretzel.

Sugar-free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet Tooth

Pumpkin seed bars

Prepare these bars a few days earlier to enjoy them as a snack if you’re feeling hungry at home, or simply if you’re on-the-go. Use organic honey and your favourite seeds for a genuine taste without the hassle of any extra refined sugar.

Sugar-free Snack Ideas For Your Sweet Tooth

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What Is The Paleo Diet?

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

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.

Benefits

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.

Problems

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

High-Protein Diets Linked To Cancer Risk

New research shows that high-protein diets like Atkins and Paleo may be linked to cancer risks.

In the new study published in the Cell Metabolism journal, middle-aged people who ate protein-heavy diets (that is, 20% of daily calories derived from protein) had a markedly increased risk of dying from cancer compared to their low-protein counterparts.

But it’s not all proteins that have the same potentially dangerous effect – animal proteins (meat and dairy) largely produced the risk, as opposed to plant-derived proteins.

On average Americans eat a 16% protein diet, with two-thirds of those proteins coming from animal sources.

“Almost everyone is going to have a cancer cell or pre-cancer cell in them at some point,” says one of the study’s co-authors, Valter Longo, a University of Southern California professor. “The question is: Does it progress? Turns out one of the major factors in determining if it does is protein intake.”

“The majority of Americans are eating about twice as much proteins as they should, and it seems that the best change would be to lower the daily intake of all proteins but especially animal-derived proteins,” said Longo. “But don’t get extreme in cutting out protein; you can go from protected to malnourished very quickly.”

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