Our paleo diet prepared meal plan (also goes by Paleolithic, caveman, hunter gatherer, stone age diet) is based on foods similar to what could have been consumed during the Paleolithic era, which dates from about 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
The paleo diet usually includes low fat meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. aka foods that in the past could be obtained through the act of hunting and gathering. A paleo diet limits foods that were produced after farming was invented and include dairy products, legumes and most grains.
What to Eat and What to Avoid
Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils.
Avoid: Processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, most grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.
Benefits to Eating Paleo
“By following these nutritional guidelines, we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genetics, which in turn positively influences health and well being,” says Loren Cordain, PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet.
According to the Mayo Clinic creating a Paleo meal plan can also:
- Aid in Weight Loss
- Improved glucose tolerance
- Better blood pressure control
- Lower triglycerides
- Better appetite management
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- Improved satiety
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* It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor before starting a specific diet. It’s especially important if you have any chronic health condition.