Food Items Not Allowed on the Paleo Diet
Those who are considering getting on the paleo diet may feel motivated because eating paleo has been found to be very effective. Whether you could stand to lose some weight, need to get your blood sugar levels under control, or just want to feel more energetic throughout the day, eating a paleo diet could be just the solution you need.
The paleo diet attempts to recreate the eating habits of the primitive man who lived by hunting and foraging. The paleolithic era, which predates the art of cooking and agriculture, produced humans who were free from most of the diseases and health conditions that plague modern man today. Despite the lack of modern medicine, the paleolithic man did not suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, and others.
To get on the paleo diet, an individual must have the discipline and resolve to entirely eliminate all modern food from his diet such as grains, dairy and processed foods. While items on the paleo diet does not necessarily have to be consumed raw, they need to be prepared without the addition of any ingredients not compliant with paleo diet restrictions. Here are some of the food items not allowed on the paleo diet:
Paleo Diet Food List not Allowed Item 1: Grains
Grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rice has no place on the paleo diet. For one thing, grains only became a staple with the advent of the agricultural revolution. Second, cooking was unknown during the paleolithic period; grains, which would be inedible when raw, would not have appealed to the primitive man. The modern diet today happens to be very high in carbohydrates, which is why the typical individual often experiences energy peaks and dips.
Paleo Diet Food List not Allowed Item 2: Dairy
Dairy products such as milk, butter and ice cream are totally banned from the paleo diet. Cows and other milk-producing animals were only raised domestically after the paleolithic period had passed. Milk from other animals than man has been largely found to be incompatible with humansójust read any literature comparing baby formula to breastmilk.
Paleo Diet Food List not Allowed Item 3: Sugars
While indulging a sweet tooth is one of the best things you can enjoy, it was an indulgence unknown to the paleolithic man, who never consumed artificial sugar. Any sugars he consumed were those that occurred naturally, such as fructose in fruits. Additionally, sugar and food products containing sugar, are manufactured with modern methods. Sugar was definitely not something included in the paleolithic manís diet and neither should it be in yours. Eliminating sugar-containing food such as soda and candy automatically reduces your consumption of empty calories, making your weight and blood sugar more stable.
Paleo Diet Food List not Allowed Item 4: Beans and potatoes
The paleo diet espouses eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, but certain vegetables such as beans and potatoes are not allowed. The same goes for carrots, which is actually a more modern vegetable. Eschew starchy vegetables entirely.
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