What does being paleo mean?
A paleo diet focuses on hunter gatherer based foods, as opposed to an agriculture based diet or processed foods.
What are the benefits of a paleo diet?
The paleo diet is based on the idea that eating like our ancestors will help us stay healthy and avoid modern diseases. It focuses on nutrient-density rather than calories, promoting free range animal-based foods and whole foods that are minimally processed. This means nutrients are often intact rather than being stripped away in the processing of processed foods which are ‘not on plan’. By choosing more satisfying, higher quality foods, and eliminating nutrient deficiencies, we almost always end up eating less total food. We feel more satisfied without the need to count calories.
How do I go paleo?
By returning to the hunter gatherer diet of our ancestors. This means eating meat, fish, seafood, fruits and veg, nuts and seeds, and some oils and healthy fats, whilst avoiding grains, beans, legumes, dairy, refined sugars and artificial ingredients. Some paleo adopters introduce grass-fed dairy (mostly yoghurt and other cultured options), and small amounts of “properly prepared” legumes — meaning legumes that have been soaked overnight. Read more.