What is the Paleo Diet?

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer


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The Paleo diet has been around for a while and many dieters swear by it. Why? Well, the concept goes back quite some time - back to the Paleolithic age, actually.

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet, otherwise known as the caveman diet, is built on the premise that we should eat what early humans ate when they were still hunting and gathering. The idea behind this is that our modern diets are not compatible with our digestive systems because the agricultural revolution brought on so many changes that we have not yet adapted to.

It makes sense because evolutionary changes happen over a long period of time and our modern diets arose rather suddenly in the grand scheme of things. However, it should be noted that there is little scientific evidence that this is the case. Full disclosure, I’ve never tried the Paleo diet because I don’t know how to give up cheese, but I’ve had several friends take this on and they give glowing reviews. Weight loss is a natural result anytime you give up processed foods and added sugars, and they also tell me they felt fantastic while on the Paleo diet. 

How does the Paleo diet work?

There are different levels of the Paleo diet. In its strictest form, food choices are extremely limited but other levels do provide more variety. However, overall on the Paleo diet, you will be saying goodbye to dairy, legumes, dry grains, and, of course, refined sugars and processed foods. Any foods that only became accessible after farming became practice is off-limits.

You can eat any foods that would have been available through hunting or gathering in prehistoric times. That means fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts are perfectly fine on the Paleo diet.

Okay

Fish

Lean meats

Olive oil

Nuts & seeds

Vegetables

Fruits

Not Okay

Processed foods

Refined sugars

Beans

Lentils

Any dairy products

Any grains

Salt


Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

Pros

  1. The paleo diet encourages foods that are high in nutrients, like potassium.
  2. You will be eating healthy fats, which are good for you and very filling.
  3. The Paleo diet is high in protein.
  4. You won’t be eating processed foods.
  5. Dieters lose a considerable amount of weight.
  6. Dieters eat much healthier foods on the whole.
  7. Can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  8. Can improve blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

Cons

  1. Some dieters find the Paleo diet too restrictive and therefore less sustainable long-term.
  2. The diet can be expensive with its focus on meats.
  3. You may need calcium and fiber supplements to get the required amounts.

The Paleo diet does have a considerable following, in large part because it does work so well with weight loss. It is not for everybody but if you’d like to try it out for yourself, read on to see what a day on the Paleo diet could look like for you.

A day on the Paleo Diet

Breakfast

Chorizo Breakfast Skillet

Lunch

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Dinner

Paleo Grilled Chicken Caesar Cobb Salad

Dessert

Banana Cream Pie

Snacks

Paleo Spring Rolls with “Peanut” Sauce

Crock Pot Chunky Monkey Paleo Trail Mix


What did you think about the Paleo diet? Let me know below and don’t forget to share on Instagram and tag @lifestylecurves!

If you’d like to work on your mindset to help you stick to this diet, check out our blog!


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