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What Exactly Is The Paleo Diet?

If you don’t know what the Paleo diet is or you’ve never heard of it before, no worries – within this first chapter, we’re going to explore exactly what this way of eating is all about. At its core, Paleo is a lot more lifestyle than it is a diet. A Paleo lifestyle is about eating real, whole, natural foods, and avoiding all processed foods. You see, the modern diet is exactly that, it’s modern. Humans ate in a Paleo-style since the beginning of time before starting the agricultural revolution where we started to eat grain and sugar-based foods, as well as processed foods. The idea behind Paleo is to eliminate those processed foods, chemicals, vegetable oils, and other new additions to the modern diet that can be detrimental to our lifestyle, from how we move to our energy levels to how we feel on a daily basis.

For all those years that we ate Paleo, humans were hunters and gathers. They ate meat and they ate fruits such as berries when they were in season. Which also meant they moved a lot and were very active. They needed to be strong and fit in order to survive. Their bodies were conditioned to efficiently use fat as fuel and energy, not carbohydrates. Eventually, agriculture came into being and the human diet changed dramatically. The Agricultural Revolution occurred about 10,000 years ago and introduced grains, such as wheat, and bread into our diet. Today’s modern diet contains things like significant quantities of gluten. Gluten was non-existent in Paleolithic times. Things like wheat, rye, many bowls of cereal and barley, contain gluten. Gluten has been recognized to cause inflammation in the gut and has been given widespread attention through celebrities like Kelly Ripa, who have famously gone gluten-free.


It’s also been theorized (not proven) that gluten could play a role in an increased risk of some cancers as well as heart disease. Another ingredient in the modern-day diet that is linked to possible health problems is that of lectins. Lectins are present in grains. They cause wear and tear on our gastrointestinal tract, making it very difficult to heal. Let’s not forget the sugar. Sugar is everywhere and in everything nowadays. Sugar needs to be burned but another aspect of modern times is how sedentary people have become. Everyone sits. They sit at work, sit on the couch watching television, they sit at their computers, they sit checking out social media and texts on their smartphones. People do not move the way they used to and so they don’t burn calories the way they used to. This becomes a big problem when talking about sugar consumption. In the Paleolithic period, humans were lean, strong, and fit. They moved, pretty much all day every day. They didn’t farm or grow crops. As I mentioned above, they hunted and gathered. They followed the food. They didn’t sit around playing on their Tablet. If they did, they’d starve!


So all that sugar being consumed in the modern diet, which is bad enough, isn’t even burned off because of sedentary lifestyles. Which means energy spikes and crashes, and related health problems such as diabetes and blood pressure issues. One of the big myths that the Paleo diet has helped to dispel is the outdated notion of eating fat makes you fat. This was a big deal when the high carbohydrate craze started in the eighties and you had everyone obsessed with the number of fat calories they were eating. Almost every food in existence ended up with a low-fat or no-fat version. But most of that fat got replaced with sugar! Fat is a crucial nutrient when it comes to our health. Dietary fat is needed for an optimal, well-functioning, and healthy body. It’s all the chemicals, preservatives, and added sugar in our diets that lead to weight gain, health issues, energy problems, and more.

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Weight Loss Nutrition Shopping Tips

When you make a conscious effort to lose weight and take back your health, you need to ensure that you’re doing everything in your power to consume the right foods at the right times. This is where it pays dividends to know what you’re doing when you’re out browsing the grocery store for healthy foods and drinks. To help make your shopping trips for healthy food that little bit easier, we’re going to share a series of healthy shopping tips with you right now. Because we’re so generous and helpful, we’re also going to share a sample healthy meal plan for the day with you, so you have a better idea of the types of things you should be eating to lose weight.

Weight loss nutrition shopping tips

To get things started, here’s a look at some useful shopping tips for when you’re looking to stock up on healthy, weight loss-friendly foods and drinks. Never go shopping hungry – If there’s just one piece of advice to take heed of, let it be this: Never go food shopping for healthy products when you’re hungry.
When you’re hungry, you won’t be thinking clearly, you’ll be craving something quick, easy, and tasty, and you’ll be surrounded by unhealthy junk food that you’ll find hard to resist. If you’ve already eaten a healthy meal, however, you’ll be full, and you won’t be interested in the junk food at all. Don’t buy food labelled as ‘low fat’ – Although you’re looking to lose weight, you should still avoid food labelled as
being ‘low fat’ at all costs. This is because low-fat alternatives to everyday food items often contain ingredients that are far worse.

Normally they’ll be packed full of artificial flavorings, chemicals, sweeteners, and preservatives which do the body no good at all. Sure, they may be low in fat and calories, but they’re still very unhealthy.
Read the packaging and ingredients – If you’re unsure about whether or not something is healthy, read the packaging and take a look at the list of ingredients found inside. If there are dozens upon dozens of ingredients, including chemicals that you can’t pronounce, and E-numbers, it’s not healthy and it should be ignored. Look for foods and products containing natural ingredients.

Don’t fear frozen vegetables

There’s a misconception in the world of dieting, that frozen vegetables are unhealthy. In reality, most frozen veggies are simply coated with freshwater and frozen at source, making them very fresh. Some fruit and veg you see on grocery shelves could have been standing for weeks and may not be as fresh as you’d like. The fresher the produce, the higher the nutrient count.

Sample healthy menu

Breakfast


• Slice of wholegrain toast
• Half a smashed avocado
• 1 poached egg
• 1 serving of wilted spinach
Snack
• 1 apple

Lunch


• 1 homemade chicken and Mediterranean vegetable salad with vinaigrette dressing
Snack
• 1 yogurt
• 1 handful of mixed berries
Dinner
• 1 baked cod fillet
• 1 serving of fresh asparagus
• 1 baked sweet potato

Snack


• 1 serving of cottage cheese
• 1 handful of mixed nuts
Now that we’ve learned a few shopping tips while on a weight loss plan, the next thing we will look at is adding exercise into the mix.