What is the Paleo Diet?

Paleo Food List

We asked ourselves this question and came across a variety of interesting articles.

The Paleo Diet, which is also called Caveman Diet or Stone Age Diet suggests an eating plan based on our prehistoric ancestors. Since our ancestors were hunter-gatherers the focus is on the consumption of high-protein and high-fiber foods instead of carbohydrates. Meals should mainly consist of whole foods such as vegetables and proteins from grass-fed meat, free range poultry, fish or eggs. Small amounts of fruits and nuts complement the Paleo meal plan and are the perfect dessert. The main source of liquid is water, as well as natural teas. The consumption of packed and processed foods, dairy, refined sugar, alcoholic and fermented beverages should be avoided entirely.

Research indicates that many modern day health problems are related to our lifestyle and eating habits. Chronic stress, the consumption of processed food and the lack of exercise and sleep contributes to a variety of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

The reason behind the Paleo diet plan is to achieve optimum health as Paleo provides the body with valuable minerals and nutrients and an abundance of energy. However, the improved energy levels may be the result of omitting high-calorie processed foods.

Pros of the Paleo Diet:

Looking at the list of allowed foods the Paleo diet is rich in soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fat, and low-glycemic carbohydrates. Additionally, it is gluten free. Paleo can facilitate weight loss if the diet is high in vegetables and if the calorie intake is observed.

Cons of the Paleo Diet:

The meal plan is heavily reliant on meat. Meat available today, however, is not as lean as thousands of years ago due to modern day farming practices. Since dairy products are eliminated essential micronutrients are missing such as calcium. Although we do acknowledge the fact that dairy is not the only source of calcium and many people might have an intolerance. However, depriving yourself of certain foods may result in cravings and overeating.

Conclusion

Paleo is a lifestyle rather than a diet. All that matters is a balanced diet, enough sleep and daily exercise. The Paleo diet certainly promotes a healthy way of living and provides a guideline which can be tailored to your individual needs. It is all about you and what makes you feel good and happy. For us a piece of chocolate is essential to make our world go round and we are happy to have a delicious collection of Paleo products in store.

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