Sunday, June 24, 2012

Paleo Diet

Okay so I do not believe it diets, but this is an entire lifestyle change.  Which is what this diet is. It is a lifestyle change that brings us back to basics of a diet that the human race used to eat when we were hunters and gatherers.  It basically cuts our every processed food, which is not so easy.  But if you can do it, then you no longer have to count calories, as you will not need too.   Most of your calories come from processed foods and grains, because hello back in cave man times there were no grains, as humans did not stay in the same place long enough to grow grains. Then there is cutting out dairy.. as no other mammal drinks milk past the infant years and NONE drink cows milk.   So you are thinking, what do you eat, if we cut out the grains, almost all processed foods, and dairy?  Well you’re left with only things that occur naturally:

Meat - GRASS-FED, not grain-fed. Grain causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans.
Fowl - Chicken, duck, hen, turkey…things with wings that (try to) fly.
Fish - Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
Eggs - Look for Omega-3 enriched eggs.
Vegetables - As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
Oils - Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural.
Fruits - Have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight.
Nuts - High in calories, so they’re good for a snack, but don’t eat bags and bags of them.
Tubers - Sweet potatoes and yams.  Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.

Sample meal: Steak or fish with asparagus and sweet potato fries, grilled chicken salad, massive omelets that will fill you up for the whole morning, apples dipped in almond butter (my favorite snack ever), and so on. Pick any of the things from that list, and eat as much as you want of them (with the noted exceptions). You’ll feel better and be healthier.

There is nothing else to follow.. You eat when you are hungry, do not eat when you are not (so you stress eaters need to pay attention to your body).  But realy it is getting back to basics. 

I am good with counting calories, but a lot of you out there are not and this may work for you. It does not fit my lifestyle as I am a pescatarian, but I do try to follow this as much as possible.  My downfall is I love bread. But if you can give up bread so that you do not have to count calories, than this lifestyle change and diet is for you.

Good luck and have a very fit day!

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