What exactly is Paleo?

Chris won the heisman for the dot drill this week

I know a lot of us in this first week of our Paleo Challenge have had a lot of questions about what exactly Paleo food is…. “Can I eat this… is this Paleo” “Are nuts a protein?” “Can we have some grains?” etc…..

Here is a brief in depth synopsis on the essential meaning of Paleo:

The Paleo Diet Plan – An Overview – The Paleo or Paleolithic Diet is basically raw unprocessed low carbohydrate foods. This includes fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and a big no to cereals and diary products.

The first principle is to eat a lot of produce, mainly vegetables. The glycemic index and glycemic load of carbohydrates consumed should be in low quantities. The fat intake should have maximum content of omega 3 fatty acids. The exposure to potentially allergenic foods should be limited. The consumption of calories should be proportionate to the level of activity. As much as possible try to eat fruits that does not contain much sugar. The Berries that are rich sources of antioxidants are a perfect example of Paleo diet.

Moreover, as the food is stored for a longer period the potency of anti-oxidants is reduced. Hence it is preferred to eat fresh foods that are free of preservatives. At the same time vegetables can be taken in semi cooked fashion. Raw vegetables can be taken in the form of salads. The steamed vegetables such as green beans, broccoli, zucchini and carrots can be made tastier with natural dressing like a dash of lime, onions and fresh basil leaves.

Carbohydrate rich foods such as bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes are a big no in Paleo Diet.

The type of fat that is consumed has a note worthy impact on the body metabolism of carbohydrates. Besides it also affects the immune system and inflammatory processes in the body. The intake of fatty foods high in omega 6 fats, low in omega 3 fats and unsaturated fats vs. more saturated fat and Trans fats is undesirable because this leads to chronic heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Intake of lot of grains rich in omega 6 fatty acids is harmful to your health. At the same time wild game meats and fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids is good for your health. In the case of beef the content of omega 3 or omega 6 fats is determined by the feeding pattern of cattle. The ideal source of omega 3 supplements are derived from marine sources like fish and algae oil.~assiciatedcontent.com

You all rocked it this first week, keep up the great work!!!!

Paleo - It's so easy even a Caveman can do it!!!!

Written by:
Annie Mello

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