It’s short for The Paleolithic Diet, but you may know it as The Caveman Diet or the Hunter-Gatherer Diet. It’s based on eating foods that our ancestors would have eaten – clean, simple, foods, deviod of any artificial preservatives and unnecessary processing. It has received some adverse press coverage and has been labelled by some journalists as a “fad diet”. Like most things, it won’t be suitable for everyone. It worked for me and my family, and the results were so good, I just had to share them with you!
The fact is: the food you choose to eat can and does affect your health – both mental and physical. It can also affect how well you sleep, and could even be the reason behind snoring! I can honestly say, having noticed the differences myself, I was pleasantly surprised at the results after only 10 weeks. And, anyone who knows me, knows I would never recommend or advocate something that I hadn’t tried for myself!
In its simplest form, The Paleo Diet is about eating tasty, nutrient-dense, wholesome, food.
Done properly, it’s heavily plant-based, with plenty of vegetables, not so much fruit (due to the sugars), and a typical serving of protein no bigger than the palm of your hand. Good fats are used (such as avocado, olive and coconut oils). There is no restriction on herbs and spices, so the food will be flavoursome and healthful. Some nuts and seeds are suitable – but don’t eat too many if weight loss is a goal!
Below is a summary of what we consider to be Paleo. We know, we’re in the UK and there aren’t too many coconut trees dotted around the place and I seriously doubt I’ll be able to cultivate a lime tree in our Yorkshire back garden. We’re making the most out of the foods available to us. It’s our version of Paleo. Let’s not restrict ourselves when we have the ability to obtain exciting foods from around the world!
The Meal Plans and Recipes we provide will include many of the items featured below – after all, we want them for their healthful and nutritional properties! Anything that can be done to improve our overall gut health is to be promoted. The media and science is starting to catch up these days with links between our gut microbiome (also considered to be our second brain) and the links between poor gut health, leaky gut, autoimmune disease etc and mental health problems with including alzheimers and demetia.
When you join us on one of our Plans, you won’t lose out on tasty, filling, flavoursome foods, and you won’t go hungry! (I had a growing teenager join me during my 10 Week Plan back in 2014/15 and there were no complaints!) Intermittent fasting also became a thing. I returned to my previous eating habits of eating when hungry as opposed to eating because it was time to.
If you haven’t done so already, why not sign up for a FREE Meal Plan and check out a typical meal?
So What Kind of Foods can We Expect in the Recipes?
If dairy is consumed to help you meet your protein needs in the absence of meat, try to choose organic, grass fed, full fat and fermented options.
There are noticeable health benefits in removing dairy from your diet.
Virtually every vegetable is Paleo, although it is worthwhile limiting those with a lower nutritional value e.g. potatoes. Although more expensive, if you can, choose organic where possible. (If you can take steps to reduce your toxic load from everyday life, your overall health will benefit.)
If weight loss is one of your goals, it is recommended to avoid consuming too much fruit, due to the sugars. This will also help regulate your sugar levels and prevent energy spikes and “afternoon slumps”.
- Bok Choy
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Green Beans
- Turnip greens
- Sweet Potatoes
Where possible, choose organic, grass fed and finished, free-range, (not grain or corn fed) options.
There’s a myth that a Paleo Diet is heavily laden with meat, probably due to the “Caveman Diet” tag. In reality, the portion size to aim for each meal is no greater than the palm of your hand. Whilst on the subject of myths, the cuts of meat don’t have to be the most important parts. Cheaper cuts of meat and organ meats contain much flavour and contain many nutrients, take liver for example.
- Prawns / Shrimp
if weight loss is your goal over the next few weeks, try not to eat too many nuts and seeds.
Peanuts are legumes and are not considered Paleo. They do not appear in any of our recipes.
- Brazil Nuts
- Pine Nuts
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Macadamia Nuts
- Sesame Seeds
Believe it or not, good quality oils and fats are good for you, and our bodies need some oils and fats to function properly. The key is GOOD oils and fats such as those listed below. The oils, fats and proteins in our recipes are an important part of the recipes.
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Grass-fed butter
- Macadamia Oil
In this section we have a range of ingredients which we’ll use to varying degrees. As we’re looking to regulate your energy levels on our Plans, sweet ingredients such as honey and maple syrup may feature in savoury dishes (especially beneficial if you have a sweet tooth and you’re trying to contain it).
- Nut flours – coconut, almond etc
- Seed flours
- Nut butter – almond, cashew etc
- Raw honey
- Maple syrup
- Fresh herbs
- Dried herbs
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk