The ancient Paleo Primal Diet consists of the type of foods that the cavemen ate in the early days of civilization when they hunted, fished, gathered and plucked their food.
The concept suggests a diet of lean meats, fish, shellfish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, berries, mushrooms, and the fats from nuts and oils.
This diet is the natural approach to dieting. The name Paleo refers to the Paleolithic Era or the Stone Age from 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
Luke McNally, Mr. Australia (2013), co-founder of Build My Body and nutritionist, states, “I am a big advocate of the Paleo-style of eating.
As omnivores, we consume meat and vegetables so I like to focus eating around that. Research shows that carbohydrates are acid forming and green vegetables are alkaline so we need to focus around alkaline foods to reduce acidity and inflammation.”
Luke explains how to keep on your diet:
“Planning and preparation- Make sure you have your diet written out and accessible at all times. Prior preparation is crucial. Prepare all meals three days in advance or at the very minimum the night before.
Schedule cheat meals. These allow cheating one-night every 5-7 days where you can eat what you want is a good way to break the psychological effects of a constant eating plan.
Be flexible so you can cheat when going out with friends or family. Cheat meals also regulate certain metabolic processes in the body that governs fat loss and hunger.
Have a goal – Dieting for a reason always makes it easier! Set 5-10 progressive goals with an overarching goal.”
You can choose more meats and less fruits or vice versa. It is more interesting for the dieter to be in charge of mixing their meals and not become bored by always eating the same foods.
The Primal Diet, also called Clean Eating, recommends staying away from refined and processed food. It is important to read the labels when choosing your food.
Most people live in cities and cannot go out to hunt and fish for their own food anymore. They have to rely on the grocery stores around them. There are some grocery stores where you can purchase grass-fed beef and organic chicken.
According to Mayo Clinic, “The theory behind the low-carb diet is that insulin prevents fat breakdown in the body by using sugar for energy.
Proponents of the low-carb diet believe that decreasing carbs results in lower insulin levels, which causes the body to burn stored fat for energy and helps shed excess weight and reduce risk factors for a variety of health conditions.”
(Please see your doctor before beginning a new dietary or health regimen.)