This eating plan is based on the idea that modern processed foods are making us unhealthy and that people should instead eat wholesome foods that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have presumably eaten about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-fed, free-range or wild), seafood, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and healthy oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed) but exclude dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods.
Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet and a number of other books, sums it up on his website:
With readily available modern foods, the Paleo Diet mimics the types of foods every single person on the planet ate prior to the Agricultural Revolution (a mere 333 generations ago). These foods (fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood) are high in the beneficial nutrients (soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates) that promote good health and are low in the foods and nutrients (refined sugars and grains, trans fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods) that frequently may cause weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other health problems.
Want to explore the paleo diet? Whip up one these three tasty paleo-friendly recipes to give it a try.
These bite-sized stuffed grape leaves offer a satisfying blend of sweet and savory flavors — ground lamb, pine nuts, raisins or currants, dried mint and fresh parsley. Serve them as a hearty appetizer or as a main course.
2. Muesli Scones
If you can’t bear the idea of giving up pastries, these muesli scones will ease your anxiety. The recipe uses blanched almond flour as a base, adding dried cranberries, dried apricots, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios and honey or agave nectar for a natural crunchy sweetness.
3. Beef and Vegetable Chili
This chili recipe makes enough to feed a crowd, but you might not want to share! Each bowl is full of flavor from beef, fresh vegetables and chili peppers, coconut oil, chili powder, sea salt, cumin, oregano, thyme and topped with a rich dollop of coconut milk.
What are your favorite paleo diet recipes? Share them in the comments!