What foods are recommended on Primal Paleo?
Okay so here you have to think back to the times of the caveman, and what types of foods were available to them. We obviously don’t live in the Stone Age now, so some exceptions can be made. The main types of food you want to stick to are lean meats (beef, poultry, seafood), all fruits and vegetables are good (although try to avoid too many starchy veggies if you’re trying to lose weight), nuts & seeds, grass fed butter or ghee, coconut/almond milk and anything else that’s natural. Check out our ‘Food You Should Eat’ page!
What foods should I avoid on Paleo?
There is quite a long list of foods you should avoid on the Paleo diet, and many people have trouble letting go of these, but once you trick your mind out of these craving, you’ll never want to touch them again! Processed foods are a big no no, legumes such as beans and peanuts, dairy, any sort of fast food or junk food like candies, cakes and definitely Burger King, and anything with refined sugar or artificial ingredients.
Is Paleo right for me?
Paleo can be right for anyone that’s willing to give it a go. It may be a lot harder if you’re a vegetarian, as most of your sources of protein will come from meat, but you could definitely still make it work. If you’re thinking about going Paleo, but can’t stand to think of giving up sugar or dairy, our suggestion would be to at least try it for 30 days and more likely than not, your cravings will have almost completely gone.
What are the benefits of the diet?
What aren’t the benefits of the diet! There are hundreds of benefits your body and mind will receive from going Paleo. The best and most common ones are: more energy, better skin, improved sleep, healthier gut (which means your entire body will be healthier), stronger bones, better digestion and less stress. Take a look at out ‘Benefits’ page for more detailed info.
Can you give me a sample of a day’s food on the diet?
A typical day will start off with eggs and some bacon, then for lunch you can have a large salad with grilled chicken, and for dinner lean steak with spinach or any vegetable that takes your fancy. This is just a simple day’s worth of food that you’d typically eat, but there are hundred of recipes and dishes you can choose from. Go ahead and try some our delicious recipes!
Is there an adaptation period to the diet?
Yes, there will be during the first 3 to 4 week of starting the Paleo diet. This is because you’re most probably reducing your carb intake by about 50%, and your body needs time to adjust to this. Once your body starts using fat as an energy source, those symptoms go away, and you’ll have more energy than ever!
How much fat, proteins and carbs should I eat?
There’s no one size fits all with how much fat, protein and carbs you should be consuming. Everyones intake will be different depending on their own needs and health conditions. Just eat what feels natural, ensuring to include lots of animal fat, animal protein and vegetables, as well as some fruits, nuts and seeds.
Can I still drink alcohol being on the Paleo diet?
Alcohol is usually prohibited if you’re on the Paleo diet, but a few drinks after work, or a couple of beers while watching the big game won’t kill you. If you’re sticking to the diet 80-90% of the time, then sure, go ahead and order that mojito! And if you want to be extra healthy, stick to wine, as small glasses of it has proven to not have any negative effects on the body.
Is the Paleo diet Expensive?
If you’re doing the Paleo diet right and buying all your food fresh, then it can get a bit expensive, but so can hospital visits. What you might save on the front end in food costs, you’ll end up paying in medical bills. You might end up spending a little bit more money, but a food shop won’t cost you an arm if you do it properly.
Is it a fad diet?
The Paleo diet is actually about the furthest you can get from a fad diet. It’s what we ate for more than 2 million years whilst enjoying great health. It’s everything that comes naturally, without expensive supplements or complex meal plans.