Paleo Diet: Old School’s Crave Is New School’s Game

Many of us surely heard of Paleo Diet, yet only a few know what really it is. A lot of people (count me in!) only know the name, not the process.

I’ve first encountered the term “Paleo” in my social media account. One of my colleagues said that she’s on a Paleo diet and at that instance, I didn’t bother to ask what it is since I don’t like to intrusively think about how many grams of a specific nutrient I’ve had. Counting calories is naturally not my forte.

However, as time went by, Paleo diet suddenly became the talk of the town, and that even just for a little bit, it stirred up my curiosity and suddenly became concerned of  my calorie intake.

My curiosity led me to scour the internet for information and personal testimonies about Paleo. In this way, I was hoping that I can have a better idea of the thing that interests not just me, but also the people around me. Before the what’s and why’s, let me begin first with some quick brief history of Paleo Diet

 

In 1975, a book entitled “The Stone Age Diet” that was written by gastroenterologist Walter Voegtin. Voegtin discussed the idea of Paleolithic diet. The scheme was then utilized by Stanley Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner in the year 1985. Here comes 2002, the diet plan was further popularized by Loren Cordain, with his book “The Paleo Diet”.

Moving forward, the Paleo Diet became greatly trendy in 2012 and ranked first in Google’s most searched-for-weight-loss technique in year 2013.

What Is The Paleo Diet?

Basically, the Paleo Diet is an attempt to go reverse on how we’re genetically designed to consume. The Paleo Diet focuses on the same set of foods which our Stone Age ancestors devoured.

What would a caveman eat?

Apparently, our dear cavemen ancestors weren’t introduced to processed foods and condiments (Just thinking, what if they were?). They feasted mainly on organic and nutritious meals- – such as vegetables, fruits, seafood, meats, and nuts.

Hence, if you’re planning to go Paleo, say goodbye to your favorite hassle-free fast-food banquet!

What’s should present be on the table?

Who says that going in a diet will limit you from indulging pleasant meals? Guess what? Even when you’re in a strict Paleo Diet, the good news is that there are still a lot of food selections for you!

Here are the set of food that you can take pleasure in a Paleo Diet:

  • Lean Meat

          Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, turkey and other moderate fat meat. Preferably grass-fed and pasture-raised.

  • Fish And Seafood
  • Eggs

          Pasture, organic and Omega 3 enriched eggs are highly recommended.

  • Fruits

          Organic or seasonal fruits.

  • Vegetables

          Nonstarchy ones.

  • Tubers
  • Healthy Fats And Plant-Based Oils

          Tallow, lard, macadamia oil, flaxseed, walnut oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.

  • Spices

          Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

  • Nuts

          Hazelnut, Almonds,Walnuts,etc.

  • Seeds

          Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, etc.

  • Dark Chocolate

          70% or higher cocoa content is a must.

  • Green Tea or Herbal Tea
  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • White Wine

See that? Definitely, there’s still a lot to choose from! The menu isn’t literally limited to what our ancestors ate in their time.

On the other hand, here are the food groups or food additives that you need to avoid:

  • Refined Sugar
  • Refined Vegetable Oils
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Artificial Flavorings
  • Processed Foods
  • Grains
  • Trans Fat
  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Salt

15 Benefits of the Paleo Diet

 

In line with the benefits, Paleo diet conveys the paramount results for most people. Here are the essential benefits taken from Paleo Diet Evolved, which you can benefit from Paleo Diet:

  1. Healthy Cells
  2. Excellent- Functioning Brain
  3. Existence Of Muscles And Loss Of Fat
  4. Better Gut Condition
  5. Circle Of Life
  6. Loaded With Vitamins And Minerals
  7. Restraining Fructose Intake
  8. Blissful Digestion And Absorption
  9. Preventing Allergies
  10. Lessen Inflammation
  11. Beating Energy Gap
  12. Righteous Weight Loss
  13. Promotes Insulin Sensitivity
  14. Disease Free
  15. Bidding Goodbye To Fat Cells

Paleo and Fitness

Going into a Paleo diet doesn’t mean that you’re going to stay fit without some exercise. You definitely still have to burn those calories fellas! In fact, exercise is very important in this type of diet.

Final Thoughts…

Above all the good things mentioned about Paleo, this diet entails a lot of preparation, discipline, self-control and determination.

Paleo diet can be very expensive, but with all the benefits you can get from it, maybe the everyday expenditure can be totally worth it!

Before calling it a day, here’s a savory Paleo recipe I got from Paleo Leap, enjoy folks!

BALSAMIC ROAST BEEF

Ingredients:

  • 3lb Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
  • 4 Carrots (Divided into big slices.)
  • 3 Sweet Potatoes (Cut into halves.)
  • 1 Sliced Onion
  • 2 Cloves Of Minced Garlic
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Sprigs Of Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Cup Red Wine
  • 2 Tablespoon Of Cooking Fat
  • 1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 ½ Cup Beef Stock
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  • Spiced up the roast with sea salt and pepper.
  • In a medium-high heated large skillet, melt the cooking fat and sear all sides of the roast for 203 minutes.
  • Place the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Top the meat with onion, garlic, bay leaves, vinegar, beef stock, rosemary sprigs and red wine.
  • After that, add the slices of sweet potatoes and carrots.
  • Set the slow cooker to high and let it cook for 3 hours.
  • Once done, discard the rosemary sprigs and bay leaves.
  • Drain the liquid from the slow cooker. Put it then into a sauce pan.
  • Bring the liquid to a slow boil until you get the preferred consistency for the sauce.
  • Pour the sauce back to the meat and serve it with vegetables.