A brief Introduction to Paleo
Paleo is short for The Paleolithic Diet, you may know it as the caveman diet or the hunter-gatherer. It’s based on eating foods that our ancestors would have eaten – clean, simple foods, nutrient dense, devoid of any artificial preservatives and unnecessary processing that makes up the majority of today’s food production.
Like most things, it won’t be suitable for everyone, however, the health benefits of a Paleo diet and lifestyle have astounded us! Therefore, how could we not share this information and experience we’ve learnt over the years with you? At The Paleo Cottage, we’re not providing you with a diet, but a lifestyle change. For more information, check out Our Plans. Here’s a guide of What To Eat, and of course What Not To Eat:
What CAN you EAT on Paleo?
The Paleo diet focuses on clean, nutrient dense, healing and healthy ingredients that have positive effects on you overall health and wellbeing, whilst limiting the negative effects current everyday food is doing to our minds and bodies. (For a detailed list of specific ingredients that are considered Paleo, visit the Paleo List)
Here are a few basics to stick to consistently:
- Organic vegetables (not corn because that’s a grain)
- Seafood and Fish
- Grass-fed and finished meat
- Nuts (not peanuts as they are legumes)
- Herbs and Spices
- Healthy oils (coconut, olive oil, avocado, flax, ghee)
As you can see, the Paleo diet is based around clean, nutritious food. The benefits of eating this food can be noticed after only a couple of weeks after transitioning to Paleo. Eating these foods as part of a Paleo lifestyle with have positive changes in your body such as reduced bloating, better sleep, lower cholesterol, increased productivity, effortless weight-loss, and increased energy levels. Once you have successfully cut out the mass produced and processed foods, you can start benefiting from the food you eat – physically and mentally.
At The Paleo Cottage, we have created a 30 Day, 5 Week and 10 Week Paleo Meal Plan that introduce you to a totally lifestyle change – beginning with your diet. We have created recipes featuring ingredients approved for a Paleo diet, and utilised them to create easy to follow, simple to cook, nutrient dense and great tasting recipes for you to begin your lifestyle change. 3 recipes a day, 7 days a week. We’re not offering a diet; we’re offering a lifestyle change. And we support you through that process with our supportive community and informative blog posts.
What is NOT Paleo?
You know what you can eat, but to benefit from those foods, you also have to cut out the foods that are harming your health:
- Refined sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Processed foods (most pre-packaged foods full of additives)
- Grains (wheat, oats, barley, rice, etc)
- Dairy products (cow derived, cheese, milk etc.)
- Legumes (peanuts, beans, lentils, soy)
To benefit from the good food, you have to cut out the bad. Did you know, everybody is intolerant to the average amount of diary being consumed on a daily basis. Dairy is linked to increased risk of ovarian, breast and prostate cancers in people with a lactose intolerance (you’re feeding your body something that’s harmful to your blood cells).
The more common side effects and conditions dairy contributes to are:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes (this can be managed and often eradicated with a Paleo lifestyle)
- Candida overgrowth
- Mucus build up
- Leaky Gut (check out our blog for more info on LEAKY GUT)
But of course, dairy contributes to bone health, right? WRONG! Welcome to one of the most successful marketing campaigns EVER! Dairy has little to no benefit for our bones, our gut health or blood cells.
Cows milk is for calves, not humans.
Like dairy, the other ingredients listed all have negative effects on our body. For example, grains cause brain fog, which can reduce productivity and mental clarity, whilst wheat causes severe bloating causing leaky gut (an auto-immune disease that damages the gut and allows toxins you eat and drink to enter the blood stream – causing auto-immune diseases). For more information on Leaky Gut, click the link and check out our blog.
The Paleo Cottage meal plans aim to MAXIMISE the benefits of the food we eat and MINIMISE the harmful and negative effects on your mind and body.
What can you drink on a Paleo diet?
- Filtered water
- Smoothies (homemade)
- Vegetables Juices (homemade)
- Sparkling water
- Coconut water (organic and unpasteurised)
Coffee is not permitted on a Paleo diet. You can balance energy levels and blood sugar with our nutrient dense Paleo meals, and of course your energy levels increase with the clean Paleo diet after the detox. After 5 weeks of having cut out coffee, reintroduce it again, and see if you have any adverse effects that you didn’t have before; such as shakes, feeling of anxiety and diarrhoea. This will show you the harm it does to your body and why it was important to cut it out. If you’re struggling to keep up the lifestyle, it may just serve a reminder as to why you have committed to a clean lifestyle.
Sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks and products if a similar category are also prohibited on a Paleo diet. They are heavily processed, contain artificial sweeteners and often carcinogenic chemicals and ingredients.
Alcohol isn’t considered Paleo. The odd bit every now-and-then or on a special occasion is fine, this lifestyle is not too strict when it comes to treating yourself occasionally. However, after going paleo and cutting it out, you may find that your taste for it has changed and you start to experience the side effects it has on your overall health. We just ask you to be mindful about the consumption of alcohol, as it is also heavy processed.
What to expect with The Paleo Cottage?
We’re not offering a diet, but a lifestyle change. And we also won’t just sell you the meal plans and abandon you to figure it out alone. We have created a positive community of like-minded people.
We currently offer 3 Paleo meal plans (with 2 more on the way): a 30 Day, 5 Week and 10 Weeks (the 10 week plan also includes a Track Your Progress booklet). 3 Recipes a day, 7 days a week, including 3 bonus recipes each week. We equip you with nutrient dense, Paleo recipes that will help you transition into a new lifestyle. When you decide to start eating nutrient dense food that has positive effects on mind and body, you’re creating a stronger, better you for the future.
With our plans, we aim to MAXIMISE the benefits of the food we eat, and MINIMISE the negative harmful and negative effects. With the new decade, make a pledge to yourself to become the best version you can be, you can begin this journey, by going PALEO
Happy New Decade, and Here’s to a Healthier You!
Alex (co-founder of The Paleo Cottage)
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