Have you ever wanted to get back to basics? That is the concept behind the new craze of the Paleo diet. If you haven’t heard of this diet yet then you likely soon will because it’s becoming a very popular way of eating. While it may not be perfect, it is a massive improvement from the typical American diet. So what is it? Researchers have looked at the diet of our ancestors and those that still live hunter gatherer lifestyles and have noticed a huge trend – they live longer with a lot less chronic illness.
While it can be argued that our ancestors did not live longer, their deaths were generally caused by accidents rather than chronic disease. To me there isn’t much benefit to having a long life if it’s going to be full of illness. That doesn’t mean I’m completely on board with the diet though either. This diet includes great foods including lean meats (hello Laura’s Lean Beef!), fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, and seeds but it does not include whole grains, legumes, or dairy products. I’m always a little apprehensive when a diet excludes entire groups of foods since those are generally recommended for a reason – calcium, Vitamin D, B vitamins, fiber, etc. It is possible to obtain all of those nutrients from the foods that are included in this diet but one must work carefuly to do so. The benefits of the diet include a large amount of omega 3 fatty acids, monunsaturated fats, no refined grains and sugars, loaded with soluble fiber, antioxidants, and Here’s the run down of the Paleo diet and if you decide to transition to this lifestyle, do so with careful planning to make sure you are getting all of your vitamins and minerals.
- Ample amounts of lean animal protein including red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, and seafood. Numerous studies have demonstrated that lean protein is more satiating than carbohydrate or fat.
- Fruits and vegetables – except peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn.
- Nuts and seeds – not peanuts as they are considered a legume.
- Alcohol – avoid beer since it is made from a grain (even gluten free beer is made from grains) but wine and distilled liquors are considered acceptable.
- Avoid all dairy products – includes milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, cream, etc.
- Avoid all grains – includes oats, rice, and buckwheat.
- Avoid all legumes – includes black eyed peas, peanuts, chickpeas, and soybeans.
- Avoid fatty meats, candy, honey, sugar, and soft drinks as well.
Remember this diet is not for everyone. I believe that whole grains, dairy products, and legumes can and should be included as a part of a healthy diet but sometimes these are the foods that people overeat and so in those scenarios sometimes it’s easier to avoid them entirely. If you do decide to try out a Paleo diet, LLB truly is a great fit for this diet. It is a high quality lean protein that can easily be incorporated into a Paleo diet.
Share your Paleo stories with us, we’d love to hear how you feel about this diet!