The Paleo Diet is the dietary regime that takes you right back to the Stone Age, relying on nature to help you get your best body! Experts say the Paleo Diet could help you lose weight healthily and steadily, as well as improving your heart health and reducing your risk of type-2 diabetes.
Unlike many so-called ‘fad diets’, you won’t feel deprived when you’re following the Paleo Diet. That’s because it contains a decent amount of meat and healthy fats, and there’s even leeway for regular treats and the occasional ‘cheat meal’!
Here’s How to Go About Eating Paleo
These are the basics of the Paleo Diet:
- Protein – such as free-range poultry, grass-fed meats, wild salmon
- Vegetables and fruit – as wide a range as possible
- Healthy fats – such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocado
- Raw nuts in moderation
So now you know the basic ingredients of the Paleo Diet, here are some tips on how to construct the ideal ‘Paleo Plate’, as devised by Nell Stephenson, author of the guide ‘Paleoista’, who has adapted the original Paleo Diet to suit modern-day women:
- 2/3rds fresh vegetables (including a mix of varieties and colors)
- A palm-sized amount of protein
- A serving of healthy fat
- A helping of fruit
According to Ms Stephenson – who shared her tips on an episode of the Dr. Oz Show that was devoted to the Paleo Diet – people should follow this Paleo Plate template at every mealtime, including breakfast, to ensure they get a healthy, balanced diet.
What Doesn’t Appear In The Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet aims to leave out all inflammatory foods. This means no dairy, grains, legumes, refined or processed foods.
The Five Rules of the Paleo Diet
According to Ms Stephenson, there are five key rules to bear in mind when following the Paleo Diet. These are:
- Use the Paleo Plate as the template for every meal
- Don’t eat any inflammatory foods
- No calorie counting required – simply eat until you’re satisfied
- Remember to build a Paleo Plate at breakfast too, meat included
- Have three ‘cheat meals’ that are non-Paleo each week to make the diet more approachable
Paleo Meal Suggestions
There are plenty of books and websites out there with ideas for Paleo-friendly recipes, but here’s Nell Stephenson’s recipe for “delectable” Paleo chocolate truffles to whet your appetite and prove you really can enjoy being on the Paleo Diet!
Nell Stephenson’s Paleo Chocolate Truffles, as Featured on the Dr. Oz Show:
- 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup warmed coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 1/4 cup creamy raw almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine most of the cacao nibs (ground), coconut oil, almond butter, honey and orange zest in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Place in the freezer for ten minutes. Scoop out the mixture and roll into one-inch balls. Roll in the extra cacao nibs, sprinkle the truffles with cinnamon and enjoy! They can be kept in the fridge for up to two days.