Hello! I am so happy you have come across my blog! This means you are looking into Paleo or Ancestral nutrition and that excites me! I started following the paleo nutrition regime November 2010 and the results have been absolutely amazing!
I have leaned out, my body has regulated itself, my performance output has increased, I feel healthier and look younger , my mind is clearer and for the first time in years I am sleeping through the night! The benefits from eating Paleo and Paleo Zone just goes on! I know you will have similar results if you make the commitment to this. Yes, I said commitment. That is what it takes to maintain and stay consistent on this awesome journey you’re embarking on, this isn’t a diet, this a lifestyle! In the words of my amazing husband “I didn’t say it was going to be easy, I said It’s going to be worth it!”
I have written this blog with the hope of providing you some guidance, support and helpful tips to insure your success into your Paleo Nutrition Journey.
The Paleo lifestyle can be daunting for those who are new to the concept so I hope this helps make the transition less overwhelming for you. Welcome to Paleo for Dummies!
FIRST I want to get this out of the way: Diet does NOT = Deprivation!
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Now, let’s move on:
What is the Paleo Diet?
Eating a Paleo Diet means you eat food that would’ve been available to you had you existed during the paleolithic era that started about 2.5 millions years ago. It is also referred to as the Paleolithic Diet, Caveman Diet or Hunter Gatherer diet. The idea is that your genes and physiology evolved through the process of natural selection and are most adapted to be nourished with the food in your natural environment. Or in much simpler terms; Eat what a caveman would’ve eaten. This would’ve included the whole spectrum of animal food; beef, fish, shellfish, poultry, pork, lamb, bison, …you get the idea, this also included their fat and organs! (Yes, I know this probably seems gross but remember you’re a caveman/woman damnit!) You would have also eaten eggs and seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries that were edible in their raw form. The idea is to replicate this way nourishing our bodies to the best of our ability in a modern world, which can be very tricky depending on your geographical location. Just remember to eat like this:
To give you a better visual here are 2 Paleo Food Pyramids:
- Paleo Diet Food Pyramid
This Paleo Pyramid is a very good representation of how I eat. I know there is a bit of controversy when it comes to diary and the paleo diet. In thestrict Paleo sense, dairy of any form was not consumed in the paleolithic era, other than human milk in infancy of course. It just wasn’t very practical to milk wild game. However just because something isn’t paleo doesn’t make it bad, and because something IS Paleo doesn’t mean it is healthy. You must pay very close attention to your body and how it reacts to different foods. If you are considering keeping dairy in your meal plans I STRONGLY suggest you do the research of the benefits of non pasteurized/non homogenized diary vs pasteurized/homogenized dairy. If you do chose to keep dairy in your diet I recommend to ONLY consume raw, free range, full fat and grass fed dairy , HERE is a link to help you find raw milk & dairy in your area .
Courtesy of Castle Grok
What’s Right For You?
As you can see there are variations of the Paleo Pyramid. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer here. Not everyone’s bodies will have the same reactions to this diet. Take Olly and myself for example; When talking about carbohydrate sources, Olly finds that his body reacts better when he eats leafy greens and tubers (such as sweet potato) for his carbohydrate whereas my body tends to react better from dairy. Listen and pay attention to YOUR body and how it reacts with different foods and you will know what food combinations work best for you. No one knows your body like you do.
It is up to you as an individual to choose if Paleo or Ancestral Nutrition is right for you and how to implement the diet into your life
NOW, on the to the fun part of this: EATING!
We do not count calories! You eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied, NOT FULL.
Be conscience of why you are eating. Are you bored or really hungry
Drink your water! Under hydration shows itself in the form of hunger. A lot of the time people eat when they should be drinking water.
Paleo Foods & List
Paleo diet consists of foods that could’ve been hunted, fished and gathered. This includes seafood (caught in the “wild” not farmed) and lean cuts of meat, free of food additives and preferably from grass-fed/free range animals; they typically contain higher levels of omega-3 fats compared to grain-produced domestic meats. Let’s not forget eggs, nuts, seeds and berries that could’ve been gathered!
Here is a detailed list of Paleo Preferred Foods:
Beef, Flank steak, Top sirloin steak, Hamburger, London broil, Chuck steak, Veal, Pork, Pork loin, Pork chops, Rabbit, Goat, Lamb.
Alligator, Bear, Bison (buffalo), Caribou, Elk, Emu, Goose, Kangaroo, Muscovy duck, New Zealand cervena deer, Ostrich, Pheasant, Quail, Rattlesnake, Reindeer, Squab, Turtle, Venison, Wild boar, Wild turkey.
Beef, lamb, pork and chicken livers, Beef, pork and lamb tongues, Beef, lamb and pork marrow, Beef, lamb and pork “sweetbreads”
Chicken breast, Turkey breast, Game Hen breasts.
Chicken, Duck, Goose.
Bass, Bluefish, Cod, Drum, Eel, Flatfish, Grouper, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Monkfish, Mullet, Northern pike, Orange roughy, Perch, Red snapper, Rockfish, Salmon, Scrod, Shark, Striped bass, Sunfish, Tilapia, Trout, Tuna, Turbot, Walleye, Any other commercially available fish.
Abalone, Clams, Crab, Crayfish, Lobster, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops, Shrimp.
This a link to the American Grassfed Association list of approved meat producers. AGA defines grassfed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats and sheep, as those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from their birth.
Another great site for grass-fed food & facts is Eat Wild. This link will take you to state-by-state Directory of farms that provide beef, dairy, fruits and veggies.
Now on to Carbohydrates
Artichoke, Asparagus, Beet greens, Beets, Bell peppers, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Cucumber, Dandelion, Eggplant, Endive, Green onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Onions, Parsley, Parsnip, Peppers (all kinds), Pumpkin, Purslane, Radish, Rutabaga, Seaweed, Spinach, Squash (all kinds), Swiss chard, Tomatillos, Tomato ( a fruit that thinks it is a vegetable), Turnip greens, Turnips, Watercress.
Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Carambola, Cassava melon, Cherimoya, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Gooseberries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew melon, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Lychee, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Passion fruit, Peaches, Pears, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plums, Pomegranate, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Star fruit, Strawberries, Tangerine, Watermelon and most all other fruits.
Now my Favourite:
Nuts & Seeds:
Almonds, Brazil nuts, Chestnuts, Hazelnuts (filberts), Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios (unsalted), Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts.
*No peanuts; they are a legume/ No cashews; Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac. Like the others in this family, the cashew plant contains powerful but natural chemical irritants, so handling and eating raw cashews will cause the familiar itchy skin reaction. They must be baked or roasted to be eaten. Paleo rule of thumb: it is can’t be eaten in it’s natural/raw state: YOU DON’T eat it!
Olive, avocado, walnut, flax seed, coconut.
Helpful Tip for Success!
Foucus on quality of food by shopping the perimeter of the Supermarket. Buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat. Buy frozen vegetables and meat only if you must. It is acceptable to venture down the aisles for a few select things like nuts, canned tuna, olives, etc. The aisles are generally one big processed, nutritionally worthless carb-fest
Keep a log of the food you eat! You may be surprised at how little or how much you actually eat in a day!
I know this all seems like a lot, I promise you it gets easier. For the first week or so you will be walking around with that food list in your hand constantly, you will feel lost in the supermarket and the days you package your food will seem like forever! Do not be discouraged by this! It is just the beginning! You will find your groove and you will LOVE IT!
A Paleo to Faileo Timeline