The Paleo diet was popularized by Dr. Loren Cordain, PHD from Colorado State University, who studied the eating habits of our ancestors. He determined that their health was a direct result of the foods they ate. In other words, because they didn’t eat the processed foods, high sugar foods and foods that were loaded with carbohydrates the way that more modern man does, their health was better overall.
The foods that are central to a Paleo lifestyle are grass fed meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Foods that have a high glycemic index, like potatoes, and other foods that have processed and refined are not included.
You might think that finding something to eat that is more than a salad with nuts or snacking on seeds would be difficult. But, unlike a vegan diet, the Paleo diet doesn’t have any problems with seasoning and cooking. But, hold the salt please!
When you start your meal with organically grown fruits and vegetables (to reduce your toxic load from pesticides) and grass-fed meats, you can’t really cook a bad meal.
Baked salmon seasoned with garlic, olive oil, dried basil, lemon juice and parsley will make your mouth drool as it’s brought to the table.
Cook your chicken quickly at 450 degrees after seasoning with pepper, olive oil, dried basil, dried oregano and paprika. After searing the meat at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, lower it to 400 degress for another 40 minutes.
Like in gluten free diets, find flour substitutes that will improve the flavor if your foods and reduce your wheat/gluten load on your body. Pancakes can be whipped together with almond flour, applesauce, coconut flour, eggs, water, nutmeg and a pinch of sea salt. Top these with fresh berries instead of syrup and you’ve got a breakfast that will fill your stomach but not spike your blood sugar.
Avocados stuffed with shrimp combine the healthy oils of the avocado with the delicious protein of the shrimp. Halve the avocado and remove the seed. Toss small cooked and cleaned shrimp with lemon juice onion powder, pepper and paprika. Stuff the avocado and feast!
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