Back to Basics – Paleo Style

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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!

Fitness Healthy Habits In the News Jenny Kramer, RD

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10 Responses to Back to Basics – Paleo Style

  1. DeadliftGirl says:

    Sweet potatoes are considered tubers and are an acceptable Paleo friendly food as well as a great source of natural carbohydrates and nutrients – especially after a difficult work out. I definitely stay away from white potatoes though. Thanks for your post! More people need to know about the Paleo lifestyle!

    • TomTom says:

      Deadlift Girl: Have you lost weight using the Paleo way of eating? (I will NOT use that 4letter
      word beginning with D as it has a totally negative connotation)

  2. Jim from Napa, California says:

    Sick of fads or the latest in diet. The Atkins diet in 8 years brought heart disease from the #5 killer in women to #1.

    Study after study shows that if you burn off more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. These fad diets are ridiculous.

    Many dont want to exercise and they just try to lose weight by dieting. It won’t work. Eat a balanced diet, dont eat so much, and exercise regularly.

  3. Jami says:

    I have been Paleo since October, and I feel great! My energy level is wonderful, and all my aches and pains are gone! By the way, sweet potatoes are fine under the Paleo plan.
    Eat well, live well!

  4. Jami says:

    I have been Paleo since October, and I feel GREAT! Energy level is high and aches and pains are gone. By the way, sweet potatoes are considered a paleo food.
    Eat well, live well! :)

  5. Michelle says:

    I love the paleo diet! Been doing it since beginning of April and have not had any reason to slip back into my old ways of eating (lots of grains and sugars). I feel great and so does my husband.

  6. Deadlift Girl says:

    TomTom: Within the last year, I have lost 18lbs and am slimmer and more fit than I have ever been. The most important part is that I feel great, I sleep well, I work out hard and my body responds best to the Paleo way of eating those really fresh, simple foods. I recover from work outs faster, I am stronger. It just works for me and thats not to say that I won’t have a cupcake at a baby shower once in a while… Its just all about finding a balance.

    Jim from Napa: The Paleo lifestyle is not a fad in any way, its a healthy, balanced way of living… Its NOT to be used as a “diet” or something you do to lose weight and then go back to your old habits… then it would be unhealthy and a fad. Its meant to be a balanced way of eating forever. You’re removing the processed grains and dairy from your diet and eating more natural, healthier foods with complex carbohydrates… By eating grass-fed organic meat you’re offering your body the highest quality protein over the kinds being pumped with antibiotics and whatever else they feel like mixing into our foods. Its a great reset too. Cleanses your system from any processed junk you may have been eating.

    Furthermore, if you choose to make the lifestyle change, many people have become MORE healthy, unlike people who do the Atkins diet…

    If you want to read more about it http://www.whole9life.com and http://www.robbwolf.com are two great resources.

  7. Jenny Kramer says:

    Thanks for all of your comments and enlightening me regarding sweet potatoes. Jim – I totally agree that the basic concept of weight loss is eating less and moving more. In general, I believe that all foods can be part of a healthy diet as long as common sense is used in how much and how often. That being said, for some people it can be difficult to eat just a little bit of some foods and some foods may leave people feeling sick. While the paleo diet may exclude some food groups, I do believe it is a healthier choice than the Atkin’s diet and can definitely be a healthy way of living if attention is payed to finding a balance of vitamins and minerals. Thanks for reading!

  8. Diane says:

    Aren’t eggs considered dairy?? I love eggs-and can’t think of any reason not to eat them…Thanks

  9. DONNA says:

    FIRST YOU ARE SAYING WE CAME FROM APES- WE DID NOT!
    I would have thought more of your idea of better diet- but, this has turned me away from this product- one that i have purchased for yrs.

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