This type of diet includes the following:
Lean meats from grass fed animals if it is available. Meats that
include chicken, turkey, pork, lean beef, and buffalo.
Fish and sea food , fresh fruits. Non- starchy vegetables such as
broccoli, salad greens, bell peppers, carrots and squash, nuts and
seeds. Plant and nut based oils olive, walnut, and coconut.
Foods that are not part of the Paleo diet
include the following:
Grains oats, wheat and barley. Starchy
vegetables such as potatoes. Dairy whole milk, yogurt, cheese and
such. High fat meats bacon, sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers and high fat
cuts of steak. Sugars processed foods and trans fat. This type of diet
does not require size portions or amounts of food eaten. It does
contain more carbohydrates the a low carb diet. The Paleo diet is used
by many endurance athletes , runners, triathletes and many other
strength power athletes. The diet also maintains that you make sure to
stay hydrated. After a work out you should replenish your system with
protein, fluids and electrolytes. You can drink something that has
protein , carbohydrates and maybe a banana or one of the popular
Many athletes encounter an iron deficiency
which is less common with this type of diet. If you are eating beef
make sure it has most of the fat removed. This diet limits alcohol
consumption to less then one serving per day. Because fruits and
vegetables have an high alkaline content and are a stable of the paleo
diet it maintains the desired acidity level better then the current
way we eat. Several studies have shown that a Paleolithic diet can
also help improve markers of health in both fit and unhealthy people.
This diet has shown to reduce blood pressure and many other benefits.
With all diets there are pros and cons so it is advisable to check with
your dietitian or athletic trainer before starting it. Paleo foods can
be expensive especially if the person wants to purchase only organic
foods and grass fed animal meats. This diet is designed to be a life
style change and followed for a long time. The strict nature of the
diet specifically omitting so many foods can be very tough to keep up.
Many athletes who eat the Paleo diet either
follow the diet or pick and choose which aspects work the best for
them. One modification includes adding some dairy products. When you
consider the diet change you need to evaluate the positive and
negative of starting a special diet. If you decide to try the Paleo
diet you need to commit to it and give it time. Make sure to study and
write down how your performance is after a given amount of time. You
must give your system some time to adjust to new diet plan. Healthy,
delicious, and simple, the Paleo Diet is the diet we were designed to
eat. If you want to lose weight-up to 75 pounds in six months or if
you want to attain optimal health, The Paleo Diet will work wonders.
Books on the Paleo diet
If you are considering a Paleo diet you
should ask yourself some questions. Why am I considering it? How
different is the diet from the way I eat now? Will I get enough carbs?
Will I get enough vitamins?