The Paleo diet or “Caveman Diet” is mainly based on the ideology that our body will adopt better to what our ancestors ate in the Paleolithic era, when we do not have the predators, caves, and short lifespan of the caveman. According to some scientists, eating like cavemen is one of effective way to keep balance, and make a big change in lifestyle that will help you lose weight. However, to follow this kind of diet, it requires a lot of effort, determination, but first you need a very good preparation by some simple ways below:
- Set your paleo goal:
Knowing exactly what you desire to achieve may make you motivated and be on track. Most of the followers of paleo diet have believed that by recreating the way humans ate foods during the Stone Age, they may create a healthy lifestyle, and more importantly, improve your weight loss process, manage the blood pressure and suppress your appetite. However, if you had had another different dietary already or several health concerns, the Paleo diet may not be suitable for you.
- Build your diet based on meats
Meats for a paleo diet should be grass-fed to recreate the conditions cavemen have found their food. These meats can be:
- Pork, venison, red meat, eggs, or other kinds of meat.
- Fish, seafood (contain Omega 3 oils)
An advice is that the amount of protein should be 4 – 8 ounces each meal, but in some cases you may eat slightly more or less then this range depending on your own condition.
- Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits.
Vegetables and fruits are the main sources of fiber, carbohydrates and natural sugar that the Paleo diet requires. They should be fresh, not dried or canned. The majority of fruits that fit with the ethos of the paleo diet (eaten by cavemen) often contain considerably less sugar than most fruits available today. If you are in diabetes or have trouble with sugar intake, you should avoid sweeter fruits including bananas, cherries, grapes, mango, apples, pineapples or pears.
- Use nuts and seeds for snacking
Pay attention to nuts and seeds such as cashews, almonds, pecans, pine nuts or sunflower seeds. They may be good snacks, however be sure that you avoid processed and salted nuts.
- Use natural oils for cooking
Natural oils can be walnut, macadamia, olive, flaxseed, avocado or coconut oils, which are really great for marinating meat and making a concrete base for frying meats and vegetables.
- Restrict dairy intake
Most paleo diets absolutely limit dairy intake. Dairy products come from cows, which are fed with corn and a lot of hormones, are heavily pasteurized to cut down on fat. Nevertheless, if you want to eat them more, let’s try yogurt and butter, but from grass-fed cows.
These above are 6 primary steps that you can take up to make a good preparation for the paleo diet.