Hello Readers! This week we will address one of the most popular diets that is the Paleo Diet.
We will discuss about what a Paleo Diet is, what foods one must eat and avoid eating while on a Paleo diet. We have also included a Simple Meal Plan that you may follow or alter according to your choice.
In this generation of processed foods, desk jobs and easily accessible ready-made foods, we are stuck in an unhealthy loop.
It is important tomaintain physical and mental well-being to lead a happy, longer, and comfortable life.
This can be achieved by following a diet, including cheat days and exercising. A diet has all nutrition our body requires, and exercising helps keeping us physically fit.
There are different types of Diets, depending on your nutritional level and fitness. One among them is the Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet or, also known as the Paleolithic diet is a dietary plan based on foods, similar to that of the, as the name suggests, Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) era, almost 2.6 million to 12,000 years ago.
It includes foods that Men from that era obtained by hunting and gathering like fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, leafy greens and nuts.
It is the purest form of diet since it works well with our genetics.
Paleo Diet is one of the most popular diets because of its results. Apart from helping us lose, gain or maintain weight, it also helps improve our all over health. Unlike other diets, the Paleo diet has no potential risks.
Have you tried it yet? If not, we will give you one reason why you should.
PALEO DIETS DON’T REQUIRE COUNTING CALORIES
Yes, you read that right. To all you fellow beings who hate counting calories, this is a blessing in disguise.
A Paleo Diet doesn’t require counting calories unlike most of the others. The Bad News is that following a Paleo diet means no more Burgers, Pasta, Pizza, Processed foods or any dairy products too.
Yes, as hard as it may be, following this diet has way more benefits. You may include a bite or two during your cheat days, but make sure you don’t cheat too often.
Like any other diet, a Paleo Diet too, works best with exercise.
What is the purpose of a Paleo Diet?
The answer is simple. Studies have shown that the people of this generation are suffering from diabetes, obesity, etc., because of our modern diet.
By going back to the diet or foods that our ancestors ate, which are free from chemicals and processing, we can stay healthier and fit.
What to eat when you are on a Paleo Diet?
There are no specific foods you have to stick to while on a Paleo Diet. In general, you have to stick to foods like:
- Leafy Greens
- Nuts and seeds
- Meats – especially animals that are grass fed.
- Fish – especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Oils from nuts and fruits
These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins etc., in short, they are rich in nutrients, and are unprocessed.
They are low in calories and have more water content, which gives a feeling of fullness, keeping your appetite at bay.
Also, drink loads of water, 8 – 10 glasses equal to half a gallon or 2 liters, a day. Try sticking to organic, healthy fat food, if you can.
If not, make sure you reduce all the consumption of processed foods in your diet, as much as you can.
Drinking wine and Eating chocolates on your cheat day is completely fine. But in small amounts.
What to avoid eating when you are on a Paleo Diet?
Anything processed is a NO. Any food that was not available or present during the Paleolithic era is a No. The generalized list of foods you must stay away from when you are on a Paleo diet is as follows:
- Grains – rice, wheat
- Dairy products
- Sugar Products
- Processed Foods
- Fried Foods
- Soft Drinks
- Legumes – Beans, Peas, Peanuts etc.,
- Trans Fats
- Vegetable Oils
Benefits of following a Paleo Diet
Paleo diet has better health benefits compared to the other diet plans. It is recommended for people who are looking for a weight loss diet plan.
It improves the body’s glucose tolerance level and keeps your blood pressure in check. Because of its high-water content, it results in Satiety or feeling of fullness, controlling your appetite.
Following a Paleo diet also improves your immunity. This diet plan is also recommended for people with Cardio vascular disease
Take a look below at our Paleo Diet Meal Plan for a week:
This sample meal plan consists of a balanced amount of Paleo foods. You can alter it according to your choice. Make sure you drink enough water during meals.
Sunday – The Immune Boosting Platter
- Breakfast: Eggs with sautéed vegetables cooked in extra virgin olive oil, with strawberries.
- Lunch:A Caesar Salad, without any sauce. A glass of fresh Lime Juice.
- Dinner: Grilled chicken with vegetables and a homemade corn soup
Monday –The Antioxidant Platter
- Breakfast: A fruit Salad consisting of fruits like Pomegranate, Figs, Plums, grapes, Mangoes etc., that are rich in antioxidants.
- Lunch: Fish/Chicken Salad with a glass of fresh Orange Juice.
- Dinner: Roasted Meat with a bowl of homecooked vegetable soup of your choice.
Tuesday – The Energy Platter
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with raw sliced vegetables of your choice and an apple.
- Lunch: Roasted Red Meat of your choice, with sautéed vegetables. Finish your meal with a Banana.
- Dinner: Baked fish with lemon and a bowl of sliced papayas.
Wednesday – The Beauty Platter
- Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs, with slices of fruit(s) like Papaya, Blackberries or Avocado.
- Lunch: Paleo Fish/Chicken/Beef Curry with
- Dinner: Grilled Chicken with roasted tomatoes.
Thursday – The Antioxidant Platter
- Breakfast: Vegetable salad consisting of fresh and raw vegetables like Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Beetroots, Broccoli, Spinach etc., that are rich in antioxidants.
- Lunch: Fish/Chicken Salad with a glass of fresh tomato Juice.
- Dinner:Grilled chicken with vegetables and a homemade corn soup
Friday – The Anti-inflammatory platter
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with raw sliced vegetables of your choice
- Lunch: Fruit salad consisting of fruits like cherries, watermelon, pineapple,oranges, apples etc., that are anti-inflammatory.
- Dinner: Salmon roasted with garlic in coconut oil, with Lemon Turmeric tonic juice.
Saturday– The Detoxifying Platter
- Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs, with slices of fruit(s) like Watermelon, Lemon etc., that are detoxifying.
- Lunch: Fish/Chicken Salad with fresh watermelon juice.
- Dinner:Baked fish with lemon and a bowl of cauliflower soup.
A Paleo diet combined with a fitness regime can help you achieve a healthy, fit body. Though it may seem hard in the start, stick to raw, unprocessed foods as much as you can.
You don’t have to stick to three meals in a day. You can include snacks (raw vegetables or fruits) in between.
Make sure you drink loads of water to stay hydrated. You can cheat, but make sure its just a bite.
Before you start any diet, consult a nutritionist to get more advice to fill your nutrition requirements.
Stay Fit and Stay Healthy!
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