Before I found out I was pregnant, I had a list of eating styles I wanted to try out for a week at a time, just out of curiosity. Vegan, gluten free, raw (well… maybe raw… it doesn’t sound fun at all), etc. Even though I still plan on trying them out, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to do it… I kind of have my hands full at the moment.
I still find all these different ‘ways of eating’ (I won’t call them diets) interesting and have seen the Paleo lifestyle popping up more and more. I decided to check it out to learn more.
My first question: What’s the premise of paleo eating?
Basically, the way it sounds: Eating like a cave person. Seriously. The diet is centered around the idea of how people ate during the Paleolithic era.
Then I looked up what you can and can’t eat while following a paleo diet, and found some discrepancies, but overall, things looked like this:
- no grains, potatoes, legumes or dairy (farming wasn’t around so these foods weren’t available)
- no sugar, processed foods, etc
- no coffee or alcohol
- no processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, sausage, lunch meats)
- do eat lean meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds
- allowed oils: olive, flax and nut oils (not peanut oil- peanuts are a legume)
It kind of sounds like phase 2 of the South Beach Diet to me.
So, I can see where some of the health benefits come from… no processed foods is a pretty healthy way to eat. Obviously grilled chicken and vegetables are healthier than a double cheese burger and fries.
And high protein/low carb is often associated with fat loss and toning up.
I’m pretty wary about any diet that has you eliminate an entire food group, and in my opinion, taking out all whole grains and carbohydrates (except fruit and vegetables) counts as eliminating an entire food group.
Legumes and whole grains have a ton of health benefits including fiber and being a budget-friendly form of protein.
who wants to give up an occasional (or regular ;)) adult beverage? Not this lady!
NOT TO MENTION
wouldn’t what people were eating during the Paleolithic time differ depending on the climate of their region?
Will I try this way of eating out? Maybe. But I’m much more interested in attempting to be vegan for a week. At least then I can still have a glass of vino 😉
What are your thoughts on Paleo?
Ever tried it?
The winner of the Wild Squirrel Peanut Butter giveaway (chosen through random.org – I just don’t know how to copy and paste it into my blog ;)) is…
Besides straight off the spoon, my favorite way to eat peanut butter is stirred into a bowl of oat bran
Congrats, Megan! Send your address to me at [email protected] and I’ll get it to you ASAP 🙂
I hope you all have a fabulous 11-11-11!
Get out and enjoy because it won’t happen again for 100 years!!!