The Palaeolithic diet, also called the caveman diet, the hunter-gatherer diet or just simply the Paleo diet is a lifestyle that promotes going back to our roots by eating a diet rich in unprocessed foods that can be fished, hunted or gathered. We don’t like using the word diet in this context as the Paleo lifestyle is not necessarily about losing weight but instead is all about eliminating processed foods that were introduced in the modern diet.
There has been a huge increase in consumption of processed foods over the past few decades. Sadly, any processing of food can affect its nutritional density and has been linked to diseases including diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease.
Unprocessed foods, on the other hand, such as vegetables, meat and seafood have a high nutritional density and will help you to stay healthy and energetic.
PALEO LIFESTYLE FOODS
The Paleo lifestyle focuses on nutrient dense unprocessed foods:
- Meat – naturally produced and free of additives
- Fish – wild
- Vegetables and fruits
- Fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut
- Nuts and seeds
Foods to eliminate in the Paleo lifestyle:
- Legumes such as lentils, beans, peanuts
- Grains such as wheat, rye, barley, oats and brown rice
- Refined sugars
- Dairy high in lactose or casein
- Vegetable oils such as canola, soybean and corn
Why not try our Paleo grain-free oatmeal recipe?