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What Is the Paleo Diet?

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The paleo diet, also popularly known as the caveman diet is a dietary plan roughly based on what our ancestors consumed during the paleolithic era. The current day diet is not an exact replication of their diet. Just a concept of what their diet would have been like – basically healthy, wholesome food that is not full of additives, preservatives and other harmful substances so often found in our current diet.

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The paleo diet has seen a surge in popularity with thousands of people extolling its benefits. Books on the subject such as The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf have becoming bestsellers. There is no denying that the paleo solution works and it is a healthy way of life.

The diet itself is simple. See my post for a paleo diet food list, for a list of food that you can eat and a list of foods that you can’t eat. The simplicity stops there. The difficulty arises when one has to strictly adhere to the foods that you can eat.

Most of us grew up on cereal, bread, chips, milk, chocolates, burgers, ice-creams, etc. Foods that we have grown to love. In fact, we love these foods so much that obesity has reached epidemic proportions.

While most normal diets give you a list of foods that are not good for you, the paleo diet goes one step higher and just strikes off ingredients. For example, a normal diet will state that you should not eat doughnuts. The paleo diet states that you will not consume sugar.

With this one condition, it has just eliminated a huge chunk of foods. Grains are also not allowed.

Really? Yup. That means that bread, pizzas, burgers, etc. are out too. So, are processed meats such as hot dogs, salami, etc.

You are only expected to eat grass fed meats, fish, poultry, fruit, non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, spinach, etc. Eggs and vegetable oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, etc. are allowed as fats. You can only eat these foods.

There are a few other foods you can’t eat while on the paleo diet. It would be best to get a paleo cookbook and learn what you can eat and how to transform these foods into tasty dishes. Paleo dishes can be tasty too. I highly recommend this Paleo Recipe book.

Just because the diet is restrictive doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. In fact, it is highly advisable that you have as many paleo recipes as possible at your fingertips. Since you have sacrificed so many foods that you considered delicious, your body will be craving these forbidden foods. Tasty paleo dishes will ease the mental torture and cravings.

Once you have gotten used to the diet, naturally your cravings will slowly decrease till there are none left. In fact, even the smell of junk food may turn you off in the future. Your body will be used to healthy food and will be repulsed by food that is not good for it. I know that’s how it happened for me!

You will be leaner, healthier and feel much better. These are the priceless benefits of the paleo diet and worth all the sacrifice. It would be great to add an exercise program into your daily schedule so that you reap the full benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Then, you will truly be fit and fabulous. So there you have it,now if anyone asks you “what is the paleo diet“, you can now fill them in or direct them here.

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23 Comments

  • megan says:

    Does it really help your health? Like blood sugar, blood pressure, etc?

  • Renee says:

    Is it hard to stay on this diet? Will there be a withdrawal from carbs and stuff? I work ALOT, so I don’t have time to have any problems stopping carbs you know. But I’m really excited to start this journey.

  • Sean R. says:

    Your website is beautiful, and I love your posts. I’m just starting the paleo diet. I don’t really like calling it a diet because I’m not doing it to lose weight, just to help my high blood pressure.

  • Bernie says:

    Knowing what your body needs is important to weight management and can control
    overconsumption and underconsumption of food.

  • Cory says:

    Good blog post. I absolutely love this website. Keep
    it up!

  • Tayla says:

    Love this blog its so pretty! πŸ™‚ I am a RN, and I now recommend the Paleo diet to everyone. It has helped me feel amazing. Caroline

  • B. Martinez says:

    Learned alot from ur site. Thanks. I have a question, I’ve been eating paleo for about 2 weeks now, but my girlfriend is wanting to cook for me tonight, and it includes breads, pasta, etc. So what will happen if I eat it, since I haven’t eaten bread in 2 weeks? Thanks.

  • Bea says:

    Just what I needed to know. My daughter and I are going to start this diet. Fingers crossed

  • floyd j says:

    Love your blog Alex. And love the info here.

  • Darcy Melbourne says:

    With the paleo diet, you can’t have ANY bread right? Just meat? Can you eat cheese, mayo, or eggs?
    Thank you

  • Virgil says:

    Great info here Alex. I visit this blog everyday as I go through my paleo journey. Thanks

  • Valerie says:

    Paleo has been great for me but I MISS BREAD πŸ™ lol

  • Arthur says:

    Great blog and great logo. I wish I could be a full time paleo eater, but I love french fries, potatoes, and tots too much. Lol

  • Claribel says:

    What’s up, Ive subscribed and love this blog. Keep it up. I would love to see some recipes.

  • Benji says:

    Hey Alex, what would you say is the easiest way to ‘detox’ from a non-paleo diet. Like my diet now is full of chips, starches, cokes, chocolate, and sometimes beer. I’d like to get more healthy, and I’d really like to start the paleo diet, but going cold-turkey with all my junk food is gonna be a little hard for me. I’ve tried to stop cokes before and I get bad headaches.

    What do you suggest?

  • Perry says:

    Cool. I’m gonna do this!

  • Ken says:

    Hey Alex, I subscribed, and looking forward to talking with you about my Paleo results. I’m excited. πŸ™‚

  • Sherman says:

    My spouse and I stumbled over here different page and thought I
    might check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page yet again.

  • Cathy says:

    Excellent stuff here. I’m just starting the Paleo diet, and this is the first place I found. This web site gives helpful facts to us, keep it up.

  • Murray says:

    Dude your site is awesome. I’ve been eating meat for all my life, I’m a meat lover. But I never ate strictly meat, like if I eat a steak I need a baked potatoe, or some kind of starch, you know. So the Paleo diet took a little getting used to, even considering I love meat. But I have to say I do feel a little better, overall, and I’m getting leaner.

  • Shasta says:

    Love your design. I hope to make my own paleo blog and I hope I can make it look as good as yours!

  • Kristen T. says:

    Im a paleo gal, stopping in to say hi! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica says:

    Hey Alex, loving your blog so far. Keep up the great blogging!

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