By Edward Spiegelberg
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What Is The Paleo Diet?
Benefits Of The Paleo Diet
Tips For The Paleo Lifestyle
Paleo Diet Myths
Paleo Friendly Desserts
My name is Edward and I have a story to share that will very well change your life, health and wellbeing forever. Hopefully it will change the lifestyle and span of your whole family so we can achieve widespread health and prosperity across the globe starting with your household. I have a wife and a nine year old little girl and I would like to share the story of how we were very sick from environmental toxins in the products that we consumed i.e. processed foods, the water we drink and the air we breathe. You know everything that we were taught were the right things to consume growing up. We had all kinds of digestive problems such as GERD, indigestion, gall stones and sludge, IBS, and leaky gut to name a few, coupled by parasites, candida overgrowth and autoimmune problems. My wife was 80 plus pounds overweight and we were all heavy metal toxic. We were very foggy in our heads from all of these disorders so could not function very well in the society due to the anxieties and depression that these disorders fuel.
In our early thirty’s of year 2007, our daughter was just born and she was very sensitive to certain formulas and foods so we were trying to figure out what she needed to be content. We were doing the “normal” western medicine thing at the time i.e. Hospitals, doctors prescriptions, surgeries etc. I was a corporate business manager and my wife was a home maker. I began to be very unproductive at work and I was always taking emergency trips home or to the hospital due to the medical
problems in the family. I began to question our current medical system because all they seemed to do was prescribe medicines and recommend surgeries instead of giving relevant study into the underlying cause of all of these problems. I was a strategic problem solver at work so all of this seemed baffling to me. After months of research and realization that there had to be a better way, I quit my job and moved into the natural medicine business in search of a cure. I started in the medical marijuana business due to all of the claims that it was a panacea, a cure all. It took about five years in the industry growing it and processing it into various medicines i.e. oils, ointments, pills etc. for me to realize that it was all just hyped up and truly not very effective for treating anything besides loss of appetite and anxiety. Nonetheless, it is a good band aid until you figure out the root cause of your situation.
About the time I realized that marijuana definitely wasn’t the cure for my family, we started taking an eastern medicine approach to our problems. We started seeing a naturopath doctor who specialized in Chinese medicine and nutritional healing. To my surprise the first thing he had us all do is make a log of everything that we put in our mouth. This was an eye opening exercise to say the least. He would then review what our diet consisted of between visits and provide us with literature around what our bodies are meant to process and why the foods we were eating were causing the majority of our ailments. I was shocked and disappointed all at the same time to be honest. Everything I had learned was a scam to sell food and the food pyramid that I had lived by my whole life was a lie. I was so disappointed that I had bought into that and was living a lie, for almost 30 years! It was slowly killing me and my family. I am certainly not a doctor but I do have common sense and this all seemed to make perfect sense to me. We started to take the things out of our diet and carefully reading labels of all of the products that we were consuming and using herbal supplements to ease the side effects of our healing ailments. It was a slow process but our symptoms started to dissolve as we continued the journey. I call it our “Paleo road to health and prosperity”.
The year is now 2016 and I would say our journey is going very well. All three of us have transformed our health, wellness and clarity. I am no longer heavy metal toxic, my digestive problems have subsided and would say they are 90% repaired. My wife has lost over 80lbs and is currently her ideal body weight, her digestive problems are about 80% repaired. She now has the drive and motivation to lap swim and exercise every day at our local community center and our daughter is thriving physically, in school and is currently on a professional swim team.
Now, let’s pave the path for you and your family to break free of the lies that you are taught and programmed with. Let’s take another look at health and nutrition through a fresh and new perspective. Not one of a money driven government and medical system. Let’s learn Paleo!
Thanks to the obscene levels of obesity and rife levels of heart disease and diabetes, there has never been a greater focus on overall society to become fit, slimmer and healthier. Dieting and nutritional lifestyle choices have become endless and it would be fair to say that dieting in one way or another is now a way of life for the majority of people. And there are so, so many diets and programs available to us these days. They cover every topic known to man on the right foods to eat and avoid and in what combination but really, upon searching deeper, we will find that the answers we seek go back to our caveman ancestors.
With this endless choice and all the varying options and rules involved in each particular diet, it pays to really understand what each diet entails before you choose one and get started. It must be right for you and give you everything you need or are looking for without causing any additional problems or side effects.
Upon investigation you will see that many popular diets restrict carbohydrates or focus on fruit and vegetables. Other diets focus on only eating a certain food group or even raw foods only. Several also restrict or discourage large amounts of protein and meats. The Paleo Diet is quite unique however because the whole idea comes from simulating the natural aspects of the type of diet enjoyed by the very first humans – the caveman! What Is The Paleo Diet?
Known commonly as The Stone Age, Paleo comes from the Paleolithic period of history and the Paleo diet eating plan is often known as the “Hunter Gatherer Diet.” It takes its name from the fact that all the food contained in this diet were either able to be hunted or gathered. Meats and Seafood come under the hunted category meanwhile nuts, vegetables and fruits for example are categorized under gathered.
For 2.5 million years, early man foraged and hunted for seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and seeds. Man’s digestive systems have evolved only the slightest amount in the 10,000 years since farming changed our diets. Shortened to Paleo, the modern diet is an approach to nutrition that mimics the early man’s diet for ultimate health.
Our minds are modern, but our bodies and brains still need the same food. Gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin first popularized the Paleo diet in the 1970’s. He argued in, “The Stone Age Diet,” humans as carnivores, chiefly needs fats, proteins and a small amount of carbohydrates for optimum performance. For the last 30 years, obesity has been increasing in the United States. Our modern diets are laden with preservatives, processed sugars, and fried foods. Today’s health crisis has led to a renewed interest in Voegtlin’s tested approach to healthy living.
Basically, this diet stems from the fact that early humans who had no access to or knowledge of animal husbandry and agriculture, had a diet that you either hunted or gathered for yourself. The Paleo Diet applies this slant and line of thinking to modern-day foods reducing and eliminating processed and man-made foods. This does not mean you are expected to hunt and gather for yourself! Just only that the nutrition choices we make are as natural and unaltered as possible.
The base foundation of the Paleo eating plan is that humans are genetically suited to eat the foods that our ancestors consumed. Therefore, before the introduction of agriculture, nutrition and food was so much different than that of today so in short, the Paleo diet imitates the foods that every single human on earth consumed and had available at that particular time.
Not only is the Paleo eating plan full of quality, natural, high nutritional value foods such as fruits and vegetables along with seafood and lean meats but it is perhaps known better for the foods, drinks and ingredients that are not consumed by those on the Paleo Diet. As the agriculture revolution provided us with foods our early ancestors never had such as dairy products, salt, sugar and even grains, they are not allowed to be consumed. Not only do some of these ingredients and food stuffs cause digestive problems but these products have been shown through endless research that they can lead to an increase in weight and a higher chance of developing health problems such as diabetes.
Because of its high protein content the Paleo nutritional lifestyle has a large and steadily growing athlete following. Thanks to the basic foods in the Paleo diet such as chicken, fish, lean meats, nuts, fruits and vegetables it is an athlete’s dream providing energy, muscle development and fiber along with the reduction of all weight gaining and physique robbing junk food and unhelpful ingredients.
Most vegetables are great for the Paleo lifestyle however root vegetables will give you the biggest bang for your buck health wise. One of the most basic reasons why the Paleo diet lifestyle is healthy for you is simply because you practically reduce all additives and artificial preservatives, many of which have been proven to be harmful to your health.
So that’s the basic premise which hopefully answers your question, What is the Paleo diet eating plan all about yet you may still be questioning why you would make the significant switch to the Paleo Diet.
There are many health benefits associated with this diet and not the least of them is potential relief for allergy sufferers thanks to the fact that the Paleo is naturally allergen free. Two of the biggest causes of common allergies, gluten and casein, are commonly found in manufactured foods. Because the overwhelming majority of foods available on the Paleo diet do not contain either gluten or casein, allergy sufferers can rejoice!
But don’t forget about the weight loss potential for those on the Paleo. Apart from the protein aspect which is great for weight loss alone, the Paleo diet is naturally low in carbohydrates and has a low caloric count. It is also naturally high in fiber which is a crucial factor when it comes to over eating and weight loss. The low carbohydrates combined with the high amounts of natural fiber while on this diet ensures that the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes and other weight related illnesses and ailments is decreased.
Last but not least, this diet has none of the other big risks when it comes to heart disease and cancer like additives, sugar, salt, saturated fats and of course the big one getting a heap of exposure in recent years, hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are commonly known.
At first glance, the Paleo Diet lifestyle can seem like a hard choice to make with limited food options however if you look closer and explore a little deeper, those fears will be addressed and upon making some small worthy sacrifices you will be bettering your chance of actually living a healthier and happier, disease free life! And just remember that as close as you can get to this lifestyle choice, the benefits will start to appear.
Like as in exercise, 5 sit-ups is better than zero and going for a 20 minute walk is better than sitting on the couch! Same thing goes for the Paleo! Although following the diet 100% is ideal, your body will still start to thank you for every single step you take in living the ideals of the Paleo Diet!
Benefits of the Paleo Diet]
The advantages of the Paleo Diet have been researched and proven in numerous academic journals. It is amazing how changing what we put in our mouths can cause dramatic changes in our quality of life.
Lose fat – Though the Paleo diet isn’t designed as a weight loss plan people inherently lose weight. The foods that make up the Paleo diet are what we call fat burning foods. In fact, the Paleo diet allows you to eat large quantities of delicious food while restricting calories. The result is a lean, fit body.
Reduces Inflammation – Inflammation is one of your body’s biggest problems when eating a poor diet especially suffering with an inflamed gut which causes its own set of problems in terms of bloating, weight gain, etc.
Fight Disease – The Paleo diet is proven to help prevent diabetes, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease and strokes.
Stronger Immune System – Once you eliminate the damaging processed and cultivated foods we have added to our diets, your body begins to regain its natural resistance to illness and disease. The Paleo man had a short life expectancy due to a lack of medical care and harsh environmental conditions, not due to illness. He did not suffer from heart disease or diabetes like we do.
Improve Digestion – Many digestive problems such as, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and indigestion can be avoided.
Combats Acne – Eating the Paleo way means avoiding the foods that cause acne. When sebum is overproduced or obstructed the sebaceous glands enlarge and form pimples. Foods in the Paleo diet do not cause the insulin spikes that cause a sebum boost. As a result, you can expect smoother, more attractive skin.
Feel Good – Not only does the Paleo diet help people healthier and look younger it also makes you feel better. Paleo supporters swear by the caveman lifestyle because it just “feels” right. The only way to find out the energy and confidence they experience is to try it for yourself.
Suffer Less From Allergies – Eating the Paleo way and avoiding grains & dairy will have a positive effect on people who suffer with certain food & gut allergies. Many allergy sufferers have reported that since going Paleo they don’t suffer with sinusitis, hayfever & certain skin allergies any longer.
Reverse Diabetes and Insulin Resistance – If you continue to eat badly you are a great candidate to become obese & getting full blown diabetes & adult-onset diabetes (type-2 diabetes). If you are already overweight & struggling to lose it, you could be suffering with insulin resistance which will take you down the road to adult-onset diabetes – a fatal condition. Luckily, if you commit to changing your dietary habits these conditions can be reversed.
Other benefits include;
• Gain Muscle
• Have Beautiful Skin
• Have Less Pain
• Go Through Life With more mental clarity
• Feel Younger
• Lower Blood Pressure
• Lower Blood Glucose
• Get Off Prescription Medications
People assume the Paleo Diet is complicated or difficult to follow. It is actually quite simple. Eat real foods. For a guideline on portions, 56–65% of your calories should come from animals, 36–45% from plant based foods. Keep proteins high at 19-35% carbohydrates at 22-40% and fat at 28-58%.
What to Eat
Eating a Paleo Diet is more about experimenting than limitations. Mother Nature provides a large variety of delicious foods to explore. Instead of settling for a box of processed macaroni and cheese, feast on a meal that excites your taste buds and your energy level. Here is a small list of the many foods to incorporate into your diet.
PROTIENS (Grass Fed or Wild Caught) “Do not substitute”
ORGANIC VEGETABLES (No conventional produce)
SUPPORTING PLAYERS (Organic)
Foods to Eliminate
The foods to avoid in the Paleo (or cave man) diet are ones that wreak havoc on your health and sabotage weight-loss goals. Unapproved Paleo foods create hormonal imbalances, trigger inflammation, and make you age more quickly.
Say goodbye to grains and gluten
Grains contain toxic antinutrients – substances that prevent your body from absorbing the nutrients it needs and that create autoimmune and digestive irritation – and inflammatory proteins like gluten. They damage your gut lining and cause irritation throughout the body. Many of these grains also cause the body to release insulin, which triggers fat storage.
All grains and the baked goods, flours, and pastas made from them – are at the top of the “no” list:
Paleo Diet: Grains to Avoid
Pitch the processed foods
Foods that come in brightly colored boxes or crinkly, vacuum-sealed bags are generally not Paleo-approved. Candy, baked goods, junk food, and prepackaged meals are usually loaded with chemicals, additives, sugar, and other ingredients you’ll find on the Paleo “no” list. Eating Paleo means eating real, natural food, so foods produced in a lab or a factory are out.
Let go of the legumes
Although beans have a reputation for being healthful, they contain many of the same antinutrients that grains do. Even with pre-soaking, sprouting, or fermenting, beans are a high-carbohydrate food that triggers insulin release and are difficult for your body to digest.
Paleo Diet: Legumes to Avoid
Snow peas, sugar snap peas, and green beans are the exception to the no- beans rule because those vegetables are green and are more pod than pea.
Ditch the dairy
Humans are the only species that drink the milk of another animal, and the only species that continue to drink milk past the weaning period. Cow’s milk is designed to help calves grow quickly so they can sprint away from predators, not for humans to consume throughout their lives. In addition, processed cow’s milk contains growth hormones, bacteria, and antibiotics and also produces a strong insulin response.
The following dairy products are on the Paleo “no” list:
• Sour cream
One exception to the no-dairy rule is clarified butter from a cow that’s organic and grass-fed. This type of butter is an excellent source of healthy fat.
Wipe out white potatoes
White potatoes are like the useless, black sheep of the vegetable family, and they deserve a shady reputation. Because of their high sugar and starch content, they produce a big insulin response, and they also contain antinutrients that can cause intestinal distress.
Be extra careful not to eat potatoes that appear to be turning green because it’s an indication of an increased level of solanine and chaconine. These substances occur in nature to ward off insects, disease, and predators by making the food bitter, which also makes them toxic to you. So if your potatoes taste bitter or are starting to turn green, definitely take them off the menu!
Say “no” to added sugar
Eliminating all sugar from your diet is impossible. After all, the carbohydrates in healthy vegetables and fruits are, essentially, sugar. For optimal health and weight loss, you need to eliminate added sugars from your diet, including sugar in all its (deliciously sweet) forms and artificial sweeteners.
Paleo Diet: Sugars to Avoid
Sugar is sugar is sugar, but after your 30-Day Reset step of the Paleo diet, you can enjoy organic, raw honey from time to time. All types of sugar, including high-quality honey, produce an insulin response in your body. But once in a while, a little honey can be a sweet treat as part of a healthy Paleo diet.
Ignore industrial and seed oils
These oils are often billed as “healthy,” but they’re not naturally occurring fats, so they require significant processing to become edible. They’re prone to turning rancid and creating free radicals in your body, making them very inflammatory.
The main foods to eliminate are processed foods, the largest source of toxicity and malnutrition. Processed foods are the easiest items to eat these days, and we eat entirely too much. Grains that form the base of sandwich breads, cereals and pasta have no place in the Paleo Diet. Also, the processed fats and vegetable seed oils are also counterproductive to our health. Legumes, especially soy, and vegetable seed oils should be banished from your diet. There are no refined sugars, little dairy and absolutely no processed foods in the Paleo plan.
Tips for the Paleo Lifestyle]
Unfortunately, the cheapest and quickest foods available today are usually the least nutritious. Our busy lifestyles have our kids raised on a diet of processed and fast foods. The popular culture even makes eating real foods an odd concept. Even knowing the proven benefits, some never try the Paleo diet because they believe it is too difficult. Living a long, healthy fulfilling life is well worth a few small changes. While not as easy as stopping at a drive through, maintaining a Paleo lifestyle is realistic with a few tips.
Stay Organized – The number one tip is to be organized and prepared. The biggest challenge will be to have Paleo foods available at your home and plan your meals. You are much more likely to eat healthy food choices if it is readily available at home.
Pinpoint Your Motivation – Many people turn to Paleo in an attempt to help with medical issues, such as GI problems, autoimmune conditions, and allergies. Some simply want to feel better day-to-day or believe that it’s the healthiest way to eat. Your reason will help determine the guidelines you follow and what you want to be meticulous about. And be strict about your personal rules for the first 30 days as this is enough time to start noticing all the health benefits.
Change How You Shop – Find the best farmers markets, butchers and grocery stores in your area. Before going to the grocery have a list of items you plan to pick up. Also, shop the perimeter of grocery stores to avoid the aisles filled with processed foods. This may be difficult at first, but after a month or so you will no longer feel a need to peruse the sugar aisles.
Clean Out Your Kitchen – Gather all the “no” foods – grains, cereal, vegetable oils, beans, yogurt, cheese, milk, packaged foods, you get it – and toss them in the trash. Doing it all at once has an advantage. It’s easier to avoid temptation if it’s not there.
But if you prefer to baby-step your way, that works too. Perhaps you cut out dairy the first week, eliminate refined grains during week two, skip all grains the next week, and so on until you’re following a Paleo diet. Either way, be sure to restock your kitchen with whole foods so you have plenty to eat.
Clean Your Pantry – Clear your cupboards of all the cereals, pasta, and processed foods in your cabinets. Don’t worry. You will replace these foods with much more satisfying fresh and healthy foods.
Learn to Work the Kitchen – Unlike a diet based on grains, there are many foods to eat on the Paleo Diet you should never become bored. The best way to take advantage of everything nature has to offer is to learn how to cook. By combining the diverse flavors, there is an endless amount of tasty dishes to excite your taste buds.
Dress Your Food – Most of the condiments on the store shelves are filled with preservatives. However, you can enhance the flavor of your foods by making your own condiments at home. Ketchup, mustard, salad dressings and sauces can be made at home naturally with delicious results.
Exercise – Just changing your eating habits will cause you to lose weight naturally on the Paleo Diet. Add exercise to the mix, and you will be amazed at how quickly you notice a difference. Your true, toned physique will come out as pounds shed. You will also notice the amount of energy increased compared to when you ate a traditional diet. Start feeling strong, energetic, mentally sharper and all around younger.
Join Support System – Find chat rooms and forums where like-minded people meet. Participate at a gym where the Paleo Diet is the main lifestyle choice. It is nice to share ideas on the best Paleo books, and even give advice on keeping true to the diet plan. Joining a community online or in person is extremely motivating when you learn about how the other member’s lives improved just from staying true to the Paleo way.
Follow The 85/15 Rule – After the first month, many experts recommend the 85/15 approach, meaning 85 percent of the time you’re strictly Paleo, leaving 15 percent for non-Paleo stuff, whether that’s a granola bar, a hamburger (bun and all) at a cookout, or cocktails with the girls. Pay attention to how you feel after reintroducing things into your diet, Sanfilippo says. For example, if you have a scoop of ice cream and wake up bloated the next day, you may decide that future discomfort isn’t worth it.
Cook! – Because Paleo is based off of whole, fresh foods, it’s easier to whip up meals at home rather than a restaurant where it’s harder to control what ingredients are used. Take this opportunity to experiment with new foods— maybe even challenge yourself to buy the weirdest-looking vegetable at the farmer’s market and ask the seller for advice on how best to prepare it. You can also search online or invest in some Paleo cookbooks for inspiration so your meals stay flavorful and aren’t just plain seared chicken breast with plain kale and carrots.
Expect A Setback – “It’s totally normal to go Paleo and slip back into your normal eating habits,” Sanfilippo says. “But don’t feel like a failure. It’s a learning process.” Find likeminded people following the diet through local groups, blogs, forums, and Facebook, and connect with them to help steer you back on track—and keep you there.
Become A Label Decoder – You know to skip doughnuts, cookies, and crackers, but some foods are surprisingly not Paleo: peanut butter (it’s a legume); nut butters or dried fruit with added sugars; and soy sauce, malt vinegar, lunchmeats, and many marinades and sauces (some contain soy, gluten, preservatives, and sugar). So be sure to read the ingredients list closely when buying anything in a package.
Rethink Your Plate – You’ve been taught to reserve half your plate for veggies, a quarter for lean protein, and the remaining quarter for whole grains. When you change to Paleo, stop holding a place for grains: A balanced plate consists of a palm-sized portion of protein, a dollop of fat, and veggies, veggies, veggies (fill the rest of your plate with them).
Make An Oil Change – Instead of reaching for canola, corn, or soybean oil for sautéing, use coconut oil or lard. Really. These high-quality saturated fats are healthy to cook with because they are more stable and won’t oxidize when heated (oxidation releases damaging free radicals). And when it comes to lard, “animal fats – if from grass-fed cows – pack more omega 3s, as well as a type of fat called conjugated linoleic acid, which some studies suggest may help burn fat,” Sanfilippo says. Some experts also recommend butter from grass-fed cows, but many restrict dairy of any kind. (The choice is yours.) For cold applications, use olive oil, avocado oil, and walnut oil.
Eat Meat – “Many people have restricted meat from their diet because they believe it is harmful to their health. You can eat meat—just make sure it’s high quality,” says Paleo expert Loren Cordain, Ph.D., a professor at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet. So say goodbye to processed meats such as bologna, salami, and hot dogs. Wild meats like bison, elk, and boar are the ideal choice, followed by pasture-fed meats and poultry, and lean grain-fed meat should be your last pick. For seafood, opt for wild-caught as often as possible, and sustainable, low-mercury choices are best. Find good options via the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
Fool Your Sweet Tooth – Giving up sugar is a major hurdle for many people at first. If you love to have a treat after dinner, swap the cookies or fro-yo for a piece of fresh fruit. (For major sugar cravings, Sanfilippo says a Paleo secret is a little bit of dried mango.) With time, your taste buds will adjust—and that Oreo you loved so much before might become too sweet now, Sanfilippo adds. Seriously!
Eat Out With Ease – A business dinner or brunch with your best friend is still doable on the Paleo diet. All it takes is a little ingredient sleuthing, Stephenson says. First look at the menu ahead of time and pick one or two options that you can Paleo-ize. That might be wild salmon with broccoli. (Request double the veggies in place of the rice pilaf.) At the restaurant, don’t be shy to ask questions about how things are prepared and request changes, if necessary.
Paleo Diet Myths]
Whilst many people have opinions, both positive and negative, regarding the Paleo diet, you can be sure that there have been many untruths spoken about this way of eating and what it can do for you.
So let’s try and deal with some of the more common myths that have been spoken about this popular diet.
1. The Paleo Diet Is All About Losing Weight
Many celebrities and famous people, including Megan Fox, have credited the low-carb, sugar free Paleo diet for their dramatic weight loss.
Whilst many Paleo converts have experienced a significant amount of weight loss, this is certainly not the only benefit you could realize with this eating plan.
Losing extra fat may be what drives some people to go Paleo, whilst others may be after gaining weight & muscle for improved athletic performance – so Paleo is much more than just losing weight although it is highly effective if that is your aim.
The benefits you may get from of going Paleo include an improvement in your gut health and digestive system, an increase in energy, muscle tone and strength as well as reducing your chances of getting type-2 diabetes.
2. Paleo Is a No Carb Diet
Actually Paleo eating is not a carb-free diet or all about restricting the intake of carbohydrate, but more about avoiding modern foods that contain grains, sugars and other toxic substances.
It just so happens that many of these unhealthy foods fall into the simple carb category which are strictly non-Paleo – organic potatoes & white rice are however mildly and occasionally allowed on the Paleo diet.
3. Paleo Diet Is About Starving Yourself
One of the benefits of going Paleo is that you can generally eat as much as you like.
The thing is the type of foods you will eat on Paleo are foods that will leave you feeling full & satisfied, unlike processed foods & simple carbs that almost always leave you feeling hungry & wanting more.
To wrap up, it should be comforting to know that Paleo is not a fad diet or a way of eating that could be dangerous in any way as its emphasis is firmly on eating organic natural foods that are free of preservatives & chemicals.
This way of eating is easy to start & not restrictive when it comes to portion sizes so you can be sure that the Paleo diet is not going to become a distant memory anytime soon.
Paleo Friendly Desserts]
One of the biggest stumbling blocks with the Paleo Diet plan is desserts. Most desserts have unnatural sweeteners and starchy carbs that spike insulin levels. Most sweet treats are a recipe for disaster. However, with kids, special celebrations and Birthdays sometimes a sweet treat is in order. There are some very tasty Paleo desserts that can help you transition fully into the Paleo lifestyle without indulging in bad choices or having a gluten stomachache. While it is not a good idea to eat desserts after every meal, Paleo friendly desserts can stop hardcore cravings from your pre-Paleo days.
Here is a list of whole food substitutions you can use to whip delicious Paleo friendly desserts together.
Almond flour – Grinding almonds create nutritious, high protein flour perfect for making muffins breads and of course, traditional macaroons.
Raw Honey – Because honey can be eaten straight from the tree, it is considered a true Paleo sweetener. Though it is a whole food, honey is highly caloric and does spike the insulin level, so leave sparingly. However, honey is the perfect sugar substitute.
Stevia – Derived from the stevia leaf. Our favorite brand is Sweetleaf, it doesn’t bear the intense bitter of some other brands.
Cocoa – Unsweetened dark chocolate has nutritious antioxidants and sticks to the limited dairy rules. Opt for the natural cocoa over the Dutch processed version that loses its benefits during processing.
Pure Vanilla Extract – Pure vanilla extract is a staple in any bakers cupboard. Just make sure to buy the pure stuff not the cheap flavoring.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid, which means it transfers directly to the liver where it is used for energy instead of being stored directly as fat. It also stimulates the thyroid gland helping speed up metabolism. Coconut oil adds a subtle sweetness to cobblers, pancakes and other baked recipes.
Coconut Milk – A great dairy substitute, coconut milk contains lauric acid. Lauric acid is proven to fight influenza, herpes, HIV as well as improve the immune system. Use coconut milk to make ice cream, hot cocoa, pudding, and even egg nog.
Nuts – Nuts are loaded with good fats the bodies need. Hazelnuts, pecans, macademians and almonds are lifesavers in the kitchen. Use nuts for pie crusts, candies or even as simple spiced nut blend.
Frozen Fruit – Freeze berries to make easy desserts. Use them to make rich frothy smoothies or sorbet. Frozen grapes and cherries taste delicious straight from the freezer. Try frozen bananas on a stick or blended down for a creamy ice cream experience.
Dates – Dates are natural sweeteners that do not add its own flavor like honey. They contain simple sugars like dextrose and fructose that are easy to digest and replenish your energy. Blend dates in the food processor with wet ingredients when baking. They also work well for binding snack bars.
The Paleo Diet is proven to shed pounds and give a healthier life. Add exercise to the mix and you can achieve the lean, sexy bodies seen on fitness models. Despite popular belief, the Paleo lifestyle is not restrictive and can actually open your palette to a whole new world of culinary experiences. There are a variety of high quality cookbooks and website that will help you along the way. Once you experience the transformation you will wonder how you ever functioned. Get the most of your life and enjoy optimum fitness with the Paleo diet plan.
Getting rid of excess body fat, raising energy levels and remaining healthy for the rest of our lives is something which many people aspire to. There are thousands of diets, exercise routines and ideas on the market, which drop in and out of fashion. Now you can transform your life, and your health, by adopting the techniques in this new book which advocates a Paleo, or ‘hunter gatherer’ type of diet. This will help you to: Cure illnesses, Lose weight, Feel great, Develop a stronger immune system, Reduce inflammation, Suffer less allergies & Improve digestion. The Primal Cure doesn’t concentrate on one food type to be eaten or avoided. Instead it encourages you to simulate the diets of early humans, eating the sort of food they would have, as close to the way they would have done. Nuts, seafood, fish, lean meat and fruits are just some of the delicious things you can eat on this revolutionary plan. It isn’t a quick fix. Our bodies have become used to the sugar-laden junk food they now crave and it takes time for them to re-adapt to a new regime. But the effects are noticeable and profound. Read The Primal Cure today and see for yourself what a difference this diet will make to your health and life.