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Paleo nutrition: Go for the lifestyle, not the diet

Paleo nutrition: Go for the lifestyle, not the diet

If you’ve spent several years of your life bouncing around yo-yo diets and now you are feeling even more unhealthier and unsatisfied with yourself, than at the very beginning, it’s time to change your lifestyle, and dish the diet. The word diet, actually, doesn’t mean a quick loose-all-that-weight-method, but a complete “list” containing all of your food choices. In other words, if you’re eating chips, candy and processed foods all day long, that doesn’t mean that you’re on some extreme non-diet, but simply you’re practicing a non-healthy diet.

The basics of the paleo diet allow this way of eating and in general living, to avoid the several-weeks-diet-period and become a serious lifestyle that you can follow during all times.

At its core, the paleo nutrition contains all of the food choices of our ancestors, or dramatically speaking, you need to be eating like a caveman. This means, that you need to incorporate all the foods that the first man roaming our planet were able to gather or hunt.

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Foods allowed on the paleo diet:

  • Meats
  • Eggs
  • Fish and seafood
  • Vegetables except legumes and potatoes
  • Fruits
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Vegetable based oils

 

All dairy and grain based foods are forbidden, so no bread, no pasta, no milk and no yogurt. At start this may seem like a tough act to follow, but on the long run your body will adapt.

Interactive paleo diet food list

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Trust your instincts

The basic thing that you should take into consideration about the rules of the paleo diet is that, basically, there are no worldwide accepted rules. Some authors and followers allow sweet potatoes, and some don’t. Some of them allow coffee and chocolates, and some don’t. Some say coconut oil is good to go, some allow only olive oil. Also, even though most authors agree that you should avoid all sweets except the naturally sweet fruits, some of them say that you can have honey in small quantities, and even dark chocolate, with at least 70% cocoa parts. So, the most important thing is not to follow the rules blindly, but to set a program that best suits your lifestyle and your preferences. Trust your instincts and stick to the basics, go for organic, fresh food and experiment.

Back to the basics

Probably one of the most important aspects of the paleo lifestyle is the health benefits that this diet brings to the body and the spirit. The primary stand point of this nutrition states that if the food choices were good for our ancestors and allowed them to evolve, than we can’t go wrong with them. In other words: back to the basics. Stay away from the highly processed foods of the modern lifestyle, and avoid obesity, high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches and cardiovascular diseases.

Of course, there are several negative aspects to the paleo experience as well. Some nutritionists say that humans have evolved into a grain-based lifestyle, and that that’s the best way to go, or in other words, that we should base our everyday meal plan on eating at least 40% grain-based products. Generally speaking, as long as you can provide your body with enough carbs from fruits and vegetables, you’re good to go. Carbs rich foods allowed on the paleo are apples, raisins, bananas, yams and carrots. Also, you should incorporate more foods rich in calcium, such as salmon, spinach and kale, since you’re not allowed any dairy.

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Like any other diet and lifestyle options, going radically on the paleo can have extreme cons and pros. It’s up to you to decide whether is better for your general wellbeing to eat like caveman, or not. Eventually, there is one other thing to try, which is approved by most paleo experts. Every week, or once in two weeks take a day off paleo. Eat some grains, have a cookie, or indulge yourself in a paleo forbidden splurge, and then go back to the regular diet plan.

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