There has been a lot of talk recently about the paleo diet, but what exactly is this diet and who is it suitable for? Well, the paleo diet, also known as the paleolithic diet, is based on what our ancestors used to eat.

Refined (processed) foods, sugar and trans fats are banned, and this diet claims to fight cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, infertility and depression. Rather than telling you exactly what this diet can and cannot do, however, we are just going to look at what you can and cannot eat, and learn a little more about it.

What Can You Eat?

Lean proteins are popular on the paleo diet, because they support strong muscles, an optimal immune system and healthy bones.

Protein also keep you feeling satisfied instead of craving between-meal snacks. Vegetables and fruits are also important, because they offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, which can fight diabetes, cancer and neurological decline.

Healthy fats, seeds and nuts are also recommended. Banned on the paleo diet are alcohol, dairy, cereal grains, processed food, sugars, legumes including peanuts, potatoes, candy, junk food, overly salty food, and starches.

Although you might be wondering why this diet is recommended when our ancestors lived such short, brutal lives, a lot of people seem to do really well on the paleo diet, finding renewed energy and vigour.

If you have any kind of autoimmune disease or other illness, you might want to give it a try, at least, to see what kind of results you have.

Some Paleo Meal Ideas

Let’s take a look at what you can have. Meat and natural protein sources are prized on this diet, so go ahead and choose any kind of grass-fed meat, fish, seafood or poultry, choosing organic wherever possible.

Add fruit, veggies, eggs, nuts and seeds, along with healthy oils like flaxseed, olive, walnut, avocado, coconut, or macadamia) and you can fashion some tasty meals. Keep an eye out for future paleo recipes!

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