Welcome to the Paleo Diet 101: the Paleo Diet explained for beginners.
In this episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing a beginners guide to the Paleo Diet, where I’ll be covering:
My goal with this video post is to simplify the Paleo Diet phenomenon for you, in 5 minutes or less.
Research shows the Paleo diet is one of the most effective dietary lifestyles for fat loss and overall health.
This way of eating may also help prevent diseases that are currently overwhelming the Westernized population.
Well since the word “diet” has so many short-term misconceptions tied to it, I prefer to call the Paleo Diet, a lifetime way of eating.
People who follow a Paleo way of eating are simply trying to eat as similar as possible with our genetic heritage as hunter-gatherers.
The following motto describes the Paleo Diet best:
If it doesn’t swim, run, or fly, or isn’t green and grown in the ground, don’t eat it.
The foods that should be making up all, or the majority, of your meals include:
In other words, one ingredient whole foods.
By no surprise, this means the candy bars, chips, crackers, and donuts are out.
Grains and dairy should also be removed when following the Paleo Diet.
Think of it this way.
The average caveman was lean and athletic.
Compare that too today’s average man or woman who is:
Over the years, this change in nutrition and the standard American diet has had a big impact on today’s health issues.
The western society has moved away from primarily eating plants and animals for food, to eating products filled with refined grains and sugar.
Our genes are 99% the same as our cavemen ancestors, yet grains were never a big part of their diet.
Since the agricultural revolution, approximately 10,000 years ago, our bodies have never adjusted to the influx of grains we throw at it every single day.
Unlike the conventional wisdom you always hear, the body does not require a large amount of carbohydrates for energy.
In fact, when there is an absence of carbohydrates in your system, your body can more effectively burn stored fat as its primary energy source.
Typically after 14 days on the Paleo Diet, you’ll stop having sugar cravings, and the energy crashes associated with them.
Similar to grains, the same goes for dairy.
Why no dairy?
I’ll try to make this simple.
Mother’s breast milk is designed to make young babies grow and help build their immune systems.
However, once we’re weened off of our mother’s breast milk, it doesn’t mean we should be fed dairy milk from another species.
Adult humans were not meant to consume milk from another species.
This alway seems to be a hard one for people to comprehend.
I first learned about the paleo diet from the book, The Paleo Solution.
If you’re not yet convinced that the Paleo Diet is right for you, I recommend you check it out.
However, if you’re currently happy with how you look and feel, and enjoy eating grains and dairy, keep doing it.
But if you’re one of the countless people who are struggling everyday with low energy, weight loss, and disease, I highly recommend you try the Paleo Diet for 30 days.
The first 7 days of following the Paleo Diet and not eating grains will be tough.
You probably will feel low energy, but that’s normal.
This short-term feeling of low energy is just your body adapting from burning carbohydrates and sugar for energy versus burning stored fat for energy.
However, when you make it past the first 30 days, you’ll be committed for life.
Plus, you always have your weekly cheat meal to get your carbohydrate fix, if you want.
If you’re up for trying the Paleo Diet, I highly recommend you invest in a cookbook that provides meal ideas.
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You’ll also get 8 weeks of already done for you meal plans, using the recipes from my cookbook, and grocery lists.
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