Primal Eating: The Paleo Diet

Humanity is one of the hardiest species on the planet. Hundreds of thousands of people survived before the use of refrigerators and packing techniques. Yet as our human society grows and changes, obesity becomes more of a problem than it has ever been.

There are some who believe that the chemicals added to foods today are to blame for this rise in weight gain among the population. That is why the Paleo Diet was created. To help people get back to their primal side while eating just as their ancestors did many long years ago.


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The Paleo Diet consists of only eating things that are naturally available and untouched by chemicals and processing. This means a diet that is heavy in lean meats and leafy green vegetables, while forsaking items like processed grains, breads and anything canned or chemically altered.

The amount of foods that are not to be eaten on the Paleo Diet is large and sometimes hard to keep up with. There are also some discrepancies amongst Paleo dieters on which items are considered truly Paleo and which are not. One of the most hotly debated items when it comes to the Paleo Diet is milk.

Some argue that milk is still a Paleo foodstuff, as goat’s milk and even cow’s milk has been available for hundreds of years. Others however, state that the pasteurization is what makes milk an unsuitable choice for a Paleo diet. Both sides seem to agree however that items like unpasteurized milks and cheeses can be consumed on the Paleo Diet but should be treated with caution to avoid any foodborne illnesses.

Bread is one of the biggest no-fly items on the Paleo Diet. While grains are allowed in the diet, this is in their raw form. This means that most Paleo dieters will get their whole grain nutrition from items like oatmeal and other items made at home from cracked grains, thus eliminating any chemical input from food companies.

Meat is a staple of the Paleo Diet and the foundation of primal eating. So long as the meat has not been tampered with, nor chemically altered, all meat is fair game on the Paleo Diet. This includes items like shellfish, tuna, poultry and lean red meat.

Jerky is a popular item in the Paleo Diet. Not only is it easy to make and transport on your own, it is also a great source of protein and can help to stave off hunger between meals. The important distinction when it comes to jerky on the Paleo Diet is to choose a store bought jerky that is Paleo safe, or simply to make it yourself at home with a dehumidifier.

The Paleo Diet is a great way to take control of your nutrition and get your body back on track. But it comes with a strict set of rules, and it can be difficult to put into effect while eating out at restaurants and other places, especially in smaller cities and towns around the world.

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