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Here at The PT Kitchen, we loosely base our food on a Paleo diet – but what IS the Paleo diet?
If you’ve got any interest in health and fitness, or even if you’ve got friends who have, then you will almost certainly have heard of the Paleo diet. Also known as the caveman diet or the hunter-gather diet, the Paleo diet (Palaeolithic diet), is based on the food that our ancient ancestors would have eaten such as meat, nuts, and vegetables. In simple terms, if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. So that means no grains, sugar, or processed foods and a dramatic reduction in carbs.
According to the theory behind the Paleo diet, when the human race developed from hunter-gatherers into farmers, our bodies never properly adjusted to eating all of the grains that we started farming and gradually started gaining more and more weight.
Unlike most diets, the Paleo diet doesn’t encourage calorie counting or portion control. Instead, it focuses on anything that you could hunt or find, so meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, and regional veg. The idea is that because the foods you will be eating are so naturally nutritious and filling, it will be almost impossible to overeat.
So, if you’re thinking of giving the Paleo diet a go, here are our top tips for getting started…
Eat plenty of vegetables– these can be fresh or frozen and either cooked or served raw. Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes are great as they also provide a source of non-toxic carbohydrates.
Eat when you’re hungry– the Paleo diet is all about doing what feels natural. So eat when you’re hungry and don’t worry if that means skipping the odd meal.
Eat plenty of animal proteins – make sure your diets include plenty of red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, fish and shellfish. Don’t be afraid of fatty cuts as the diet states that all meals with proteins should also contain fat.
Cut out added sugar– that means cutting out packaged sweets, soft drinks, and juices (even fruit juices!). A good rule to follow is…if it comes in a box, don’t eat it!
Cut out dairy – wherever possible, eliminate all dairy products from your diet, aside from butter and heavy cream.