What’s a paleo diet and what does a paleo menu consist of, you may be asking. The “paleo” in paleo menu, is short of paleolithic, suggesting that one should eat the way our ancestors from the paleolithic period ate as hunter and gatherers.
Overview of the paleo menu
The paleo diet is low in carbohydrates, and resembles the Atkins diet. As is, it claims to control and prevent diseases such as Type 2 diabetes as well as heart conditions. By achieving this goal, a paleo menu would be able to help one lead a healthier and disease-free life, not to mention a fitter lifestyle.
A paleo menu is based on the premise that our carbohydrate-laden diet is the main reason behind a plethora of some of the major diseases we suffer in today’s world. As a result, paleo advocates going back (way back) to the paleolithic age (more than 10,000 years ago) when we had no concept of junk food and pasta. In other words, (as mentioned above) the paleo diet suggests we eat animal protein and plants, as our hunter and gatherer ancestors.
Paleo menu – back to the basics
Paleo diets argue the following: if the caveman (the hunter and gatherer) did not eat it, we should not either. Therefore, we should refrain from dairy, refined sugar, and legumes. Even grains should be off our menu because the paleolithic age was pre-agriculture. Instead, our paleo menu should be rich in fish, meat, poultry, vegetables and fruits. Any good paleo book should be able to tell you more about this interesting diet.
What are some of the benefits of paleo?
The paleo diet has drawn the attention of researchers for many years. Most wonder if it can help lose weight, and cure humanity from cardiovascular diseases. The fact of the matter is nobody knows for sure and many are divided on its health benefits. For example, a small study looked at the weight loss found in 14 participants, which suggested that they all lost an average of 5 pounds each subsequent to a 3 week of paleo regimen. However, those same researchers called the study underwhelming, as the sample size was just way too tiny.
That said, if you do build a calorie deficiency in your paleo regimen (i.e if you eat less calorie than your recommended daily caloric intake), or if you burn fat by exercising, you should be able to shed extra pounds easily. Bottom line, take care of yourself, and the health benefits will ensue.