Paleo diet or the caveman’s diet is the most time tested diet that provides a distinctive approach towards health and fitness. The formula to follow the paleo diet is to eat the things that were available in the caveman’s time that we can hunt and gather.
For example: - Fish, nuts, meat, green leafy vegetables and seeds.
The best thing about the paleo diet is that you don’t have to keep track of the calories you consume, as the quality of foods matters than the quantity.
However, the paleo diet will challenge you initially as you won’t be able to grab on the food items that don’t fall in the diet plan (cheese, yogurt, cream, etc. However, the paleo diet allows you to eat until you feel full and satisfied.
Why Paleo diet?
The paleo diet is known to cure a number of diseases with its unique diet plan. Since, the diet follows the idea to eat lean and clean foods, it provides high nutrition value to the body.
Other than this the diet will help you to maintain a balance between the food you want to eat and the food you need to eat. After a month into the paleo diet, you can grab onto the non-paleo foods but in small proportion. This makes the diet plan efficient to follow while keeping you healthy all the way.
What to Eat?
Below are some suggestions to follow the diet plan.
- Make sure you consume three meals a day.
- Fill your plate with protein, veggies, fruits and healthy fat in breakfast.
- For lunch and dinner balance your plate with protein, carbs (in the form of veggies), fruits and starchy veggies.
- Also reduce the dependence on snacks as your body needs to digest the consumed foods to be habitual of the diet plan
The Food Table
|Meats||Fish||Veggies (almost all)||Oils|
|Chicken breast||Tuna||Spinach||Olive Oil|
|Bacon||Sword fish||Broccoli||Macadamia Oil|
|Chicken wings||Trout||Cabbage||Almond Oil|
|Turkey||Wall eye||Zucchini||Peanut Oil|
Pros and Cons
- More likely to eat clean foods without chemical and preservatives.
- Anti Inflammatory benefits from veggies, fruits, oils and nuts.
- More red meat means more iron.
- Weight loss due to limited food choices.
- The diet allows you eat until you feel full and satisfied.
- It can get expensive.
- You don’t eat any dairy and grains which is good for your health and energy.
- Difficult for vegetarians as it excludes beans.
- Intake of carbs is difficult with fruits and vegetables for athletes.