A Detailed Paleo Diet Food List of What to Eat and Avoid
[Everyday Health, 1/6/19] Whole, unprocessed foods — including fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats — are staples in the paleo diet, while all grains, most dairy, sugar, beans, and peanut butter are off-limits.
Unless you’ve been living under a (ahem, Paleolithic) rock, you’ve heard about the paleo diet. The diet may lead to weight loss in the short term, as well as lower blood pressure, controlled blood sugar, and other possible benefits. (1, 2) So it’s no surprise that this eating approach has gained popularity since the publication in 2010 of the hit book The Paleo Diet, authored by Loren Cordain, PhD, a professor emeritus at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins and the founder of the paleo diet movement.
The aim of this approach is to eat like our Paleolithic ancestors, who didn’t have farms that provided food groups like grains and most dairy, and didn’t have access to the fast foods and packaged snacks many Americans nosh on routinely today. “The paleo diet is all about unprocessed, natural foods: Think vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, natural fat sources, nuts, seeds, and eggs,” says Ginger Hultin, RDN, a wellness coach with Arivale based in Seattle.
The Basics of the Paleo Diet: How the Plan Works
The paleo diet philosophy involves returning to the way our cavemen and cavewomen ancestors ate more than 12,000 years ago, before agriculture practices were developed — namely, a time when food needs were met solely through hunting and gathering.
While healthy fats, proteins, and fruits and veggies are center stage in this eating approach, processed and packaged foods — as well as all grains, legumes, soy, and dairy — are off-limits in the paleo diet. Proponents of this eating approach argue that modern farming practices and food manufacturing create foods in these categories that are bad for our bodies…………
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