It’s hard to admit this but I am no longer a “diehard vegan”. I’ve been gradually making my way back to animal protein. For the past 4 months I have been following the Paleo Diet again. I tried it back in 2012 for a short time but did not like it, perhaps I was not following the protocol properly.
I’ve been very faithful to the Paleo diet lately. It is a pre and post nutrition suggestion for the support of my “stem cell” treatments that I recently had in Panama City in January 2019. My body is accepting this “meaty” diet better this time then it did on my previous Paleo attempt.
All of my “animal protein” is “organic and grass fed” which is very important to the success of the Paleo diet. You don’t want to be consuming conventionally farmed meat as it is “grain fed” and is potentially raised with antibiotics and growth hormones. I have to order my beef, lamb, bison and poultry from family farms certified in raising “grass-fed” “hormone-free” animals.
The premise of the Paleo diet is that you are consuming “primal” grain free, real and whole, nutrient dense foods, the way our ancestors ate back in “caveman” days. There were no processed or altered foods back then.
You must avoid refined foods which includes grains, pasteurized dairy, bad cooking oils, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. If the food has been processed at all it’s a NO NO on the Paleo diet. Everything is whole, unadulterated food.
The Paleo diet is a great way to balance blood sugar and improve your digestive health as well as weight reduction and/or maintenance. It is anti-inflammatory, full of good omega 3 fatty acids from the grass-fed red meats, good for skin health and autoimmune conditions, of which MS is autoimmune.
The Paleo Diet is basically NO GRAINS, NO SUGAR, NO GLUTEN, NO DAIRY, NO ALCOHOL.
The rules of this Paleo lifestyle are as follows:
- Enjoy all of the grass-fed, lean meat and wild seafood you can eat
- Enjoy all fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies you can eat
- nuts and seeds
- avoid cereals
- No legumes
- no dairy, except grass-fed butter
- no processed foods
The main focus of this diet is on fruits and veggies, healthy fats, high protein, no ‘FRANKENFOODS”, no sugar or grains, no dairy.
That makes for a very wide range of options when it comes time to plan our evening meal, which, when I was vegan, was very labour intense. Now it’s simple and delicious.
We enjoy beef, bison, buffalo, chicken, eggs, lamb, lean pork, turkey, and wild salmon, halibut, a little wild low mercury tuna, shrimp, scallops etc. All of our foods are grass-fed and organic or wild fish.
The fats I cook with are olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil. Ghee from “grass-fed” animals is delicious and nutritious.
I snack on almonds, pecans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well as all the fruits and veggies I desire.
A good guideline for Paleo eating is between 19% and 35% of your daily diet is made up of protein, 22 – 40 % of carbohydrates from non-starchy fruits and veggies, and 28 – 47% healthy fats.
The standard North American diet is made up of 15% protein, 50% carbohydrates (most of which are refined), and between 50 and 78% fats, mostly saturated and trans fats from processed foods.
You should be able to see, with the above percentage comparisons, why your body will shed unwanted body fat while eating Paleo. It’s just plain healthy and what the human body wants and needs….in my opinion.
Basically it’s eating the way our ancestors ate. They had far less chronic diseases then we have in our modern day.
I love the way this diet makes me feel. I find it delicious with a wide variety of foods. I’m happy it has taken a few pounds of body fat away with no effort at all. I’m never hungry and I have more energy. It’s all good.
If you are battling a health issue or weight issue why not try the Paleo way. It’s easy and produces results with no calorie counting or points to worry about. Just good eating….at it’s finest.