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Paleo Diet Rules


Almost everyone nowadays is crazy about losing weight through dieting and exercise. The recent fad diet called Paleolithic diet or the Caveman’s diet earned both praises and criticisms from the public. The main idea of this diet is to mimic the diet of a caveman. Basically, it consists of anything that can be hunted such as lean meat, vegetables, fruits, fish or nuts. Some people are apprehensive about this diet because it is fatty and can be pretty expensive. The ingredients such as grass beef are hard to find.

Whether you’re planning to go on Paleo or you’re currently on it, here are Paleo Diet Guidelines that can be useful during your quest for a leaner, healthier body:

  • The caveman’s diet is not about counting calories or controlling portions. Food should be high in fat, low to moderate amount of carbohydrates is needed and there should be moderate animal protein.
  • The amount of saturated fat is not limited. You can eat as much coconut oil or butter as you want. Oil from olives, macadamia, and avocado are good fats that can be drizzled over salads but you can’t use them on frying. If ever you will choose beef tallow, the rendered form of beef or mutton fat, it should come from healthy and well-treated animals. These animals are mostly grass-fed and are raised in pastures.
  • You can eat moderate amounts of animal protein found in red meats, poultry, organs like liver, kidney or heart, eggs, shellfish and fishes caught in the wild.
  • Include fresh vegetables in your diet. You can either cook them or eat them raw. Non-toxic carbohydrates are found in starchy vegetables such as yam and sweet potatoes.  If possible always choose organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat low amounts of fruits and nuts. Fruits low in sugar and rich in antioxidants such as berries are good. Nuts should be high in omega-3 but low in polyunsaturated fats and omega-6. If you are trying to lose weight fast or if you have a digestive and autoimmune disease, we suggest that you limit your fruits and nuts intake.
  • Eliminate legumes and cereal grains such as black-eyed peas, wheat, rye, corn, brown rice, etc.
  • Stay away from hydrogenated/ partially hydrogenated and vegetable oils such as margarine, soybean, peanut, sunflower and canola oils.
  • Remove sugar. You can practice by visiting only the meat and poultry sections when you go to the grocery or supermarket.
  • Eliminate heavy creams. Instead, try using raw or fermented dairy.
  • Always eat when hungry and don’t worry if you have skipped one or two meals. You don’t have to eat 3 large meals a day.
  • Sleep at least 8 hours a day and stay stress-free as possible.
  • Don’t overdo your workout sessions. It is alright to keep them intense but make it short. Rest when tired.

 

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