We know that food is necessary to survive, but there are some foods that just aren’t actual food. Those foods are the ones that cause things like weight gain, fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems. In this blog, we are going to talk about the best way to eat in order to achieve weight loss without needing to starve yourself. Remember, you are what you eat. Before we list the foods that will make you the healthiest and most fit you, I wanted to tell you about where this lifestyle and way of eating comes from.
Our Paleolithic ancestors were the healthiest and most robust until agriculture brought cereal grains (rice, wheat, corn, barley, etc) into our lives after which our rates of diseases like heart disease and cancer increased exponentially.
Robb Wolfe, the author of The Paleo Solution says it best: “What were we like as hunter-gatherers, and what happened when we changed to agriculture?... Our [Hunter Gatherer] ancestors were remarkably healthy. They were as tall or taller than modern Americans and Europeans, which is a sign they ate a very nutritious diet. They were virtually free of cavities and bone malformations that are common with malnutrition. Despite a lack of medical care, they had a remarkably low infant. mortality rates, yet had better than 10 percent of their population live into their sixties. (1).
“Our genetics are nearly identical to those of our early H. Sapien ancestors from 100,000–200,000 thousand years ago. We are genetically wired for a lifeway that is all but gone now, and our health reflects this. The change from HG to agriculturalist that I described to you is typical of every transition we have studied. We moved from a nutrient-dense, protein-rich diet that was varied and changed with location and seasons to a diet-dependent upon a few starchy crops. These starchy crops provide a fraction of the vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. These “new foods” create a host of other health problems ranging from cancer to autoimmunity.” (1)
If you ever hear the words the Paleo lifestyle this is what they are talking about. It's going back to eating and living the way humans are designed- like nature intended (to the best of our abilities). The goal for you is to eat the way we were designed to eat. Below I have listed the foods that are allowable on the Paleo Diet because these are the foods that we ate until agriculture changed our world (and health).
However, just because certain foods aren't on the list doesn't mean you can't still give your taste buds what they crave. Let’s say you love tacos but just because corn isn’t on this list doesn’t mean you can’t have it. You can still make tacos out of almond flour, cassava flour, coconut flour, or tiger nut flour. Don’t deprive yourself, just make better choices.
Nonetheless, after 30 days of only eating what is on the list below, you will introduce one thing at a time (for 3 days) into your diet to see how you react. If you don’t react then you can continue eating that food, and then you can introduce one more food and so on until you test everything out.
For example: after 30 days of being on the Paleo diet you eat cheese and notice no reaction after 3 days then continue eating it. If you eat rice and notice dandruff or irritability that wasn’t there before, then its a sign that rice should be taken out for good or at least until the gut heals some more.
Here is the list of the foods you can have on the Paleo Diet:
Free-Range Pasture-Raised Meats & Poultry
Any other wild game you can find
Wild-Caught Fish (preferably the ones with the least amount of mercury such as):
Free-Range Pasture-Raised Eggs (especially the yolk which is full of Vitamin D, selenium, and choline:
Caviar (Fish Eggs)
Boniato (Cuban Sweet Potatoes)
Purple Sweet Potatoes
Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Tapioca (comes from the Yuca plant)
Taro (also called Malanga)
Yuca (also called Cassava or Manioc)
Breadfruit (root vegetable despite the name)
Tigernut (root vegetable despite the name)
All fruits are ok (just be aware that some have a higher glycemic index than others and can affect your insulin causing drops in energy after a small burst).