Paleo dieters enjoy a ‘back to basics’ food plan
As its name suggests, the principles behind the Paleo plan are routed in the Paleolithic era; the diet of our hunter-gathering ancestors.
The ‘back to basics’ food plan promotes the intake of wholesome, nutritious foods, but it’s also very restrictive, cutting out entire food groups.
What is the main purpose of a Paleo diet?
Out go processed foods such as cereals, grains, dairy, refined sugar and salt. Instead, the plan focuses on the intake of healthy fats from nuts, seeds, olive oil and grass-fed meat, and encourages dieters to fill up on eggs, fruit and vegetables.
The broad idea here is to eat ingredients that were available to humans during the Paleolithic era. In theory, we’ve evolved with these foods, so our bodies are well accustomed to dealing with them, in contrast to modern, processed foods.
What should I not eat on the Paleo diet?
Staying true to its origins, the diet plan omits anything our ancestors wouldn’t have had access to, as these foods are said to put a strain on our digestive system.
The Paleo diet, deconstructed