Has anyone heard of The Paleo Diet?  My husband has been trying to get me to stick with this "diet" (not really a diet, but a way of life) for quite some time now.  It's extremely hard to stick with, but the pictures of people who have lost weight with it are amazing!  

Here's the gist of it.

The Paleo Diet (Paleo is short for Paleolithic) was first recognized as a diet in 1975, and  is founded on the notion that a healthy diet should only contain foods that humans have been "genetically programmed" to digest since the dawn of time. That's why this diet is also sometimes called the "Caveman" or the "Hunter and Gatherer" diet.

The Paleo Diet includes only foods that hunters and gatherers might have collected.  This would consist mostly of  lean meats, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables.  The only form of carbohydrates allowed while on this diet are those that come from fruits and vegetables. Dairy products, including cheese, are forbidden.  (Yikes!!! Who can go without cheese?!)

The Paleo Diet is intended to be a permanent lifestyle change

Benefits Of Paleo Diet

Fruits and vegetables are known for their high fiber content, helping to aid digestion and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The Paleo Diet also insists on grass-fed and lean meats, known for containing essential mono- and polyunsaturated fats.

These "good" fats tend to also be crammed with antioxidants and vitamin A, E and C, which strengthen blood vessels, protect the immune system and soften skin. (Who doesn't want soft skin?)

Foods Encouraged In Paleo Diet

Meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds can be eaten while following the Paleo Diet. Herbs and spices may be used for flavor; and natural sugars, like honey, maple and date sugar may be used as sweeteners. The only beverage that is technically true to the Paleo method is water.

More recently, natural coconut water has been allowed on the diet. Some Paleo Diet experts permit coffee and tea in small quantities.

Foods To Avoid

If a caveman wouldn't eat it, neither should you. Foods that are forbidden on the Paleo Diet include refined sugars, dairy products, cereal grains, legumes (like beans, lentils, peas, peanut products and soy products), and sodas.

Paleo Diet devotees should clear their kitchens of cane sugar products, baked goods, milk, yogurt (even low-fat Greek yogurt), butter, cheese, rice, pre-packaged lunch meats, bacon, pickled foods and juice.

Sample Daily Plan For Paleo Diet

About two-thirds of the food consumed in a day should come from vegetables, meat and fish. The rest of the daily menu can include eggs, fruits and nuts. A typical day might consist of:

Breakfast: berries with coconut milk

Lunch: a leafy green salad with roasted chicken, cherry tomatoes, and an olive oil and lemon juice vinaigrette

Dinner: beef goulash or citrus roast chicken

Snack (choose one): macadamia nuts, hard boiled egg or beef jerky

Daily calorie consumption: Theoretically, the kinds of food permitted while following the Paleo Diet are meant to stifle hunger for long periods of time, ultimately resulting in the consumption of fewer calories. The Paleo Diet doesn't encourage calorie counting.  (Gotta love that!)

Both men and women should consume a moderate amount of calories based on their metabolism. If you're unsure of how many calories you should be consuming in a day, ask a nutritionist.

Side Effects & Risks

Because the Paleo Diet contains many animal products, it may be contraindicated for individuals with high blood pressure. As with any diet, it may be a good idea to consult a certified nutritionist before making any dietary changes.

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Apr. 7, 2011 at 8:15 AM

goodluck! thats a lot of meat..i lost weight alone by taking away red meat! but ya its good it stays away from processed things.. eat natural things!..  glad he isnt on one of those protein bar diets.. those are horrible but people think they are good! good luck to him!

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