The paleolithic diet is not a diet at all. It is a lifestyle. It is centered around the idea that humans are designed to eat certain things for optimal health. Those include nutrient dense foods like meat, vegetables, healthy fats and fruit in moderation. Food that looks, tastes and behaves like food found in nature. In the past century, our country has deviated so far from the ideal diet that we are plagued with inflammatory preventable diseases that are destroying both us and our healthcare system. I recently went to a health seminar where I heard something very true. We do not have a „healthcare system,“ we have a „disease management system.“ The way we have been taught to eat (low fat, fat free, whole grains, etc.) in the last 50 years has lead to the greatest epidemic of obesity and diabetes we have ever seen.
I am not a registered dietician. I am not a doctor. I am a patient of Paleo. I have been sick and then healed by eating clean, real, nutrient dense food. While I am a total paleo geek, incessantly listening to evolutionary health podcasts and reading up on the latest research in clean living and epigenetic mutations, I will not claim to be a professional. Here I have posted some of the sites/resources that helped me on my journey. I hope they help you, too.
Start here with my version of a true 30 Day Detox on the Paleo Diet. It outlines what you can and cannot eat. Follow up with the links I have provided below on why it works. Do your research.
Paleo Pen Pals Diet
Let’s face it, we paleo folks eat some weird stuff. We use strange ingredients and we have to get creative. I just want you to know, you are not alone. Tarah from What I Gather and I have teamed up to introduce the great paleo food blogger swap, Paleo Pen Pals.
If you choose to participate, we will pair you up with another paleo blogger or interested party. You two will then exchange a unique, paleo-friendly ingredient/local item that your partner can use in his/her next post.
A few months ago, I made some meatballs with hatch chiles. Tarah commented that she wished she could make them but did not get hatch chiles in her part of the country. We thought, how fun would it be to do a paleo ingredient swap?? So we did it. Tarah and I exchanged ingredients native to our part of the country. From Austin, I sent her a box of the hatch chiles, which she used to create her delicious recipe for Hatch Green Chile Burgers. She sent me Maple Syrup from Indiana, which I used to make Maple Bacon Green Bean Bundles.
This is a great opportunity to share some paleo blogger link love, discover some new paleo ingredients, get creative and interact with like-minded healthy cave people from all over the place.
The Primal Paleo Dite
The Primal Paleo is a dietary approach that is based on the principles of the paleo diet and the primal lifestyle. The paleo diet is based on the idea that humans are genetically adapted to eat the same types of foods that our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed during the Paleolithic era, before the advent of agriculture. The primal lifestyle, on the other hand, is focused on overall health and well-being, incorporating elements such as stress reduction, exercise, and natural movement.
The Primal Paleo diet emphasizes whole, unprocessed foods such as meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, while avoiding grains, legumes, and processed foods. The diet also encourages the consumption of healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts, and coconut oil. Proponents of the Primal Paleo diet believe that this way of eating can help to reduce inflammation, improve gut health, and support weight loss.
In addition to dietary changes, the Primal Paleo lifestyle includes exercise and physical activity, including natural movements such as walking, running, and sprinting. The lifestyle also emphasizes stress reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and adequate sleep.
Overall, the Primal Paleo approach is based on the belief that our bodies are best adapted to a lifestyle that closely mimics that of our ancestors, and that by returning to these natural patterns of eating, moving, and living, we can achieve optimal health and well-being.