The Paleo diet

Do you ever think about the time of cavemen and what they ate? Did you know that the food the caveman ate years ago genetically determines what our bodies consider nutritious today? We refer to this diet that our ancestors survived on as the Paleo diet. Meals that conform to this diet are prepared with ingredients that our ancestors consumed during the Stone Age, also known as the Paleolithic period. Our bodies have become accustomed to this diet, because humans have been eating this diet for about 1.5 million years. This list of foods includes foods such as lean meats, fish and other seafood, fruits, leafy vegetables, carrots, nuts and seeds. As you may have noticed, this concerns food made by nature and not the processed, man-made food that we eat today. The foods we stay away from when following the Paleo diet are man-made foods, such as agricultural foods. This concerns grains, sugar, some crops, oils and butter, milk and cheese. Agriculture emerged approximately 10,000 years ago and for this reason our bodies are not used to eating this food. Just think about why you always hear people complaining about stomach problems due to dairy products. Cheese was not yet available to the caveman.

Paleo diet list

Below is a list of Paleo foods that you can eat while following this diet.

Fruit

There is no limit to the number of fruits you can eat if you follow the Paleo diet. Fruits such as apples, mango, watermelon, banana, lemon, oranges, grapes, avocado and really any other fruit you can think of are acceptable. However, for those who want to lose weight, it is advisable to set a limit of no more than two to three pieces of fruit per day, due to the natural sugars present in fruit.

Vegetables

Vegetables are the source of calories. It is best to assume a certain amount of energy you need to get through the day. If you are an active person, increase your calorie and carbohydrate intake so that your body receives and processes the desired amount of energy. Examples of these vegetables include spinach, lettuce, kale and other cabbages. But carrots, artichokes, turnips and beets are also permitted. As for potatoes, only sweet potatoes are allowed.

Meat

The types of meat you can eat are those from herbivorous animals and lean meats. Other meats such as hot dogs and sausages are better avoided. Examples include pork, beef, chicken, turkey and other poultry. It is advisable to remove the fat from the meat.

Fish

Examples of fish include salmon, squid, tuna, trout and virtually all other forms of seafood.

Nuts and seeds

You can see nuts and seeds as the snacks of your Paleo diet. These are good because they are very tasty and provide your body with healthy fats and oils. This concerns almonds, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pistachio and many more. Be careful with peanuts, they have been processed and contain many more toxic substances than you think.

Lose weight with the Paleo diet

Losing weight with the Paleo diet is very possible. This is a low-carbohydrate diet, which means that sugars are not converted into fats. For good results, it is advisable to exercise sufficiently in addition to following the diet. Make sure you draw up a nutrition schedule in consultation with an expert. You can also draw up a sports schedule for exercise, but you can also do this yourself. The stated rule of 30 minutes of exercise per day must be achieved. A brisk walk is sufficient, but a combination of cardio training and strength training is even better. Endurance training can be alternated with interval training.