What is Paleo?

The original five food groups. Eat the way nature intended.

The original five food groups. Eat the way nature intended.

Paleo is a nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic Era – a period of about 2.5 million years that ended around 12,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. It is known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated Paleo Diet), also referred to as the Caveman Diet, Stone Age Diet, and Hunter-Gatherer Diet.

A general rule, Paleo foods are foods that don’t require and kind of advanced processing to be made edible. This leaves a wide variety of foods available like meat, fish, poultry and game, vegetables, nuts and seeds, fruit, and most naturally occurring fats and oils.

5 Steps to Paleo:

Step 1: Hydrate. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day.

Step 2: Eliminate wheat from your diet and increase your consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. This can be a challenge since it means eliminating things like bread, cereal, and pasta from your diet.

Step 3: Eliminate dairy from your diet. Increase your protein consumption.

Step 4: Eliminate all other starches (corn, rice, and beans).

Step 5: Eliminate processed foods & sugars (only sugar from fruit allowed).