This is a guest post by Paul Vandyken, a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He’s the creator of RigorFitness where you can find tips and tricks on fitness, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle.
The Paleo Diet is one of the most popular eating plans out there today.
It’s inspired by what many believe is the diet of Paleolithic humans. This is one of the hardest diets to follow mainly because of its many dietary restrictions.
To make your life a little easier, I will show you what to eat on the Paleo Diet with the following infographic:
What to Eat on the Paleo Diet?
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are critical components in the Paleo Diet. Not only do they contain much-needed vitamins and minerals to keep you strong and healthy, but they also contain other stuff (like dietary fiber and antioxidants) that help keep the disease at bay.
Any fruit and veggie on your diet will always be a great addition to your diet (as long as it’s considered Paleo). Just avoid those infested by pesticides, fertilizers, and those other bad stuff.
2. Fish and seafood.
Practitioners consider both fish and seafood as Paleo. These are not only great sources of protein; they also contain other essential nutrients such as iodine and omega-3 fatty acids.
Even seafood that seems too decadent for other diets as crabs, lobsters, and shrimp are all Paleo, so don’t hesitate when adding them to your food list. As always, they are much better if you get them fresh.
3. Organic meat.
Meat is a staple food of our ancestors. So yes, just about any kind of animal-based food is safe for you to eat when you follow the Paleo Diet plan.
Not only are they a great source of high-quality protein and fats, but they also have a number of vitamins and minerals too. Any kind of meat, as long as it is organic and not processed, is good for you. Also, try to avoid meats with extremely high-fat content.
4. Nuts and seeds.
Nuts and seeds have a long history with humans. Prehistoric hunter/gatherers consider nuts and seeds as an essential component of their diet. The good news is that nuts, in general, are welcome in the Paleo Diet, just as long as you consume them in moderation.
Do take note that peanuts are not nuts; they are legumes, like peas and beans, and they are not Paleo.
How to Use the Paleo Diet Properly
1. Look for stores that exclusively offer organic foods, or at least have a dedicated aisle for them.
If you are following the Paleo Diet, the best thing you can do is to ensure that you get your food from the right source. That means going for organic food.
Yes, they are more expensive than their counterparts that are grown conventionally, but they are much more eligible than any other food source out there. They are free from harmful ingredients and are generally more nutritious, so you actually benefit from it.
2. Avoid anything artificial or processed.
The horrors of eating artificial food and natural food prepared using artificial ingredients have been extensively documented over the years. Even when you are not practicing the Paleo Diet, your body will benefit a lot from avoiding these foods. Some foods belonging to this list that’s considered to be non-Paleo include (but not limited to) sweets, soft drinks, alcohol, and salty food.
3. Grow your own food.
Many Paleo practitioners will attest to the effectiveness of preparing your own food. Having this skill ensures that the food that goes into your table actually passes your standards.
Aside from that, learning how to grow your own food helps you save a lot of money, which you can then use for other things.
Last but not least, it is a fun activity your whole family will surely enjoy.
Taking on the Paleo Diet means getting out of your comfort zone as far as eating is concerned. However, once you figure everything out, you’ll realize that it is actually not as hard as you may initially think.
Use this as a guide to know which foods you can add to your diet.