Basics of the Paleo Diet

paleo-basicsThe Paleo Diet, often called the “caveman” diet or more formally the primitive or ancestral diet, has become quite popular. Those who take the time to research the program find it a unique but balanced approach to nutrition developed around the concept that we should eat the healthy natural foods of our distant ancestors before the time of farming and agriculture.

The Paleo Diet is built around a combination of simple foods, free range and grass fed meats, healthy fatty acids, and low-glycemic carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables.

Here’s a short list of the top ten foods for your paleo diet:

1. Grass Fed Beef. Grass-fed beef is steroid and hormone free and contains higher amounts of healthy fats.

2. Free Range Eggs. Free range and organic free range eggs are high in protein without the hormones and antibiotics.

3. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a mainstay in many paleo meals as a side dish or in a gluten-free sweet potato pie. Sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar and serve as an excellent carbohydrate source.

4. Avocados. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fatty acids. Avocado and simple foods made from them like guacamole provide heart-healthy unsaturated fats and Vitamin K.

5. Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is the preferred cooking oil in the Paleo diet and is a rich source of medium-chained triglycerides.

6. Broccoli. Broccoli, now considered a superfood, is filled with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These vegetables also promote healthy hormone levels.

7. Kale. Another superfood, the dark green leafy vegetable is used in many Paleo meals. Kale is nutrient-dense, filled with antioxidants and makes for a great side salad with your made from scratch dressing.

8. Berries. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are rich sources of cancer-fighting antioxidants. Berries also provide a burst of flavor and sweetness with a low glycemic index as they contain relatively low amounts of fructose compared to other fruits.

9. Almonds. As a snack or added to a meal. Almonds provide protein and a healthy dose of flavor and monounsaturated fatty acids.

10. Dark Chocolate. A Paleo treat, dark chocolate (over 70% cacao) is lower in sugar than traditional milk chocolates and contains phenylethylamine, antioxidants, magnesium and potassium.

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