08May

The paleo diet is one of the world’s favorites with the distinction of trending online in 2013 and you can find it sitting smugly in the top ten of any list. The paleo diet was born on the notion that the eating habits of the Paleolithic period were much healthier before settler farming took over and made for a more sedentary lifestyle.

The Paleo Diet Plan

Variously described as Caveman, Stone age and hunter gatherer diet, it aims to take us back our roots essentially by ensuring we mimic the feeding habits of early humans. The paleo diet is supposed to provide nutrition in a way that is more of a genetic match to how we are built, with its proponents arguing we are not that well adapted to modern eating habits, leading to the raft of lifestyle diseases we grapple with today.

It also encourages drinking more water and engaging in more physical activity for increased benefits. The Paleo diet promises better weight management and energy while minimizing the risk of lifestyle associated diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The process

The typical paleo diet menu is full of lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables and plant based oils such as olive oil or sunflower oil. When it comes to meat and fish it is ideal for the meat to be grass fed and free range or even wild game meat and the best fish to consider should be rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Foods to be avoided include grains and grain based products (bread, pasta etc.), legumes (beans, grams), potatoes, dairy products and generally processed and refined food products.

Coffee and tea are a bit of a grey area, with the strictest enthusiasts avoiding these (especially coffee) while others consider them to be acceptable additions on the menu.

Pros

  • Reported to cause weight loss
  • Increases feeling of fullness between meals

Cons

  • It can be costly especially if only organic options are considered
  • Avoiding dairy and grains can cause deficiency in nutrients and energy

Who should do it

The Paleo diet has been shown to help with weight loss and better blood glucose regulation so it may be suitable for anyone looking to shed the pounds and diabetics. Finding organic produced foods might be a restriction that should be considered before committing this particular plan.

Paleo Meal Plan Ideas

Day 1

  • Breakfast: Eggs and bacon fried in coconut oil with fruit.
  • Lunch: Steak with a side of vegetable salad
  • Supper: Chicken with broccoli salad

Day 2

  • Breakfast: Fruit salad with assorted nuts
  • Lunch: Baked salmon with guacamole salad
  • Supper: Roasted lamb chops with tomato salad

Day 3

  • Breakfast: Omelet with fruit smoothie
  • Lunch: Grilled salmon with mixed vegetables
  • Supper: Beef stew with vegetables

The menu offers a wide range of food and food combination to choose from and is a great way to plan meals.