Back in the Paleolithic Era, our ancient ancestors ate only whole foods from the land. A Paleo diet is based on foods eaten by the hunters and gatherers from that era. With the variation in food choices, you will be providing your body with a nutrient-dense, whole foods-based eating plan.

 

A Paleo diet eliminates processed and refined foods. Instead, this eating plan is low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and high in fat. Types of whole, unprocessed foods you should consume are:

  • Lean Meats
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts and Seeds

 

The types of foods that should be avoided if you are following a Paleo dietary eating plan are:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Starchy Carbohydrates like Potatoes
  • Highly Processed Foods
  • High Sodium

 

Eating a Paleo based diet includes all the elements of a healthy diet. Those that have incorporated this eating plan into their lifestyle have seen benefits with:

 

  • Weight Loss
  • Improvements to Glucose Tolerance
  • Lowering Triglycerides
  • Controlling Blood Pressure
  • Managing Ones Appetite

 

Like any type of dietary eating plan, there are different variations of the Paleo diet. These variations consist of incorporating such foods into your diet like:

 

  • Legumes
  • Soy
  • Potatoes
  • Raw Honey or Maple Sugar

 

It is important determine how strict one needs to be when incorporating a Paleo based diet into their lifestyle. First, you should consult with a nutritionist who can guide you to a proper plan for your individual need and goals. Your food allergies and sensitivities need to be considered before planning meals.

 

Contact Gini Warner, Nutritionist for help with meal planning.