So what is Paleo?

I mentioned in my previous post the term paleo. The paleo lifestyle (I don’t like the word diet!), is the most powerful approach to health and overall wellness. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet 🙂 For anyone reading this who wants to know more about the science behind it all…I’d be happy to share my knowledge anytime!
For now, I’ll keep to simple…

Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC author of Practical Paleo does a great job of describing the lifestyle beginning with the basics.
1. Eat whole foods:
Meat, seafood, and eggs. Ideally from grass-fed, pasture raised, organic-fed animals or wild-caught sources.
Vegetables and fruit: There are tons of different veggies available and it certainly does not need to be boring! Farmer’s markets are a great place to start! Fruit can be hard on your blood sugar if you over-do it.
Nuts and Seeds: These are great go-to snacks. Again, they can be over done, especially for if your goal is fat loss.
Fats and oils: Coconut milk and oil, avocado, butter, ghee, olive oil, tallow, and lard are all great quality and healthy fats. We NEED fat to be healthy. High quality saturated fats are required to maintain healthy cells in every part of our body.

2. Eliminate refined foods

Refined grains: Cereals, oatmeal, toast, muffins, pasta, rice…it is all processed and should be avoided.
Whole grains: All whole grains including wheat, barely, rye, corn, rice, quinoa, buckwheat and others. Again, processed. Anything that has been popped, puffed, flaked, floured, or shredded has been processed and therefore, it is not in its natural state and lacks its proper nutrition.
Dairy products: Eliminate processed and pasteurized milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, and ice cream. Raw dairy is a maybe food.
Sweeteners: Anything sweetened, especially with artificial sweeteners should be avoided. This includes soda, diet soda, juice, teas, coffee drinks, shakes/smoothies.

It may seem that eating whole foods is hard and limiting, but trust me…it isn’t! It is certainly an adjustment and at times can be challenging, but when it comes to our health, it’s totally worth the extra time!

Lastly, I need to point out the quantity and quality of scientific research behind paleo as noted in Practical Paleo. If you are interested in learning more, the following are excellent resources:
-Dr. Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet
-Robb Wolf, biochemist and author of The Paleo Solution (www.robbwolf.com)
-Chris Kresser, LAc., Integrative Medicine Practitioner (www.chriskresser.com)
-Dr. Amy Meyers MD (dramymeyers.com)

Podcasts you can download from i-tunes:
-The Paleo View
-Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness (one of my favs!)
-Dr. Amy Meyers MD
-Nutritional Weight and Wellness
-Chris Kresser
-Balanced Bites

Recipe blogs/websites:
-thepaleomom.com
-paleomg.com
-civilizedcaveman.com
-Everyday Paleo
-there are too many to mention…you guys all know how to Google and Pinterest!

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