The caveman’s essentials

As a well researched Nutritional Therapist and coach, I don’t believe there is one universal ‘best’ diet for all. I don’t belong to any specific nutrition camps (vegan / vegetarian/ Paleo/ Ketogenic etc) or promote a single nutrition philosophy to everyone, but if having rules helps you, then this could be the right lifestyle for you.

Ellie, chief taste expert

What is the paleo diet?

Many people believe that the shift from a hunting and gathering food style, which was rich in wild fruits and vegetables, to an agricultural based diet, abundant in cereal grains and factory reared animal produce, gave rise to our modern chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. This philosophy is the backbone of the Paleo Diet, and a big reason why adopters of this way of eating say we should return to the meat and produce-based diet of our past.

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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.