What is the paleo diet?

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The creators of the Paleo diet turned to the sources and put forward an interesting theory on which their nutritional system is based. Diet (or, nevertheless, the nutrition system) Paleo is based on the idea that a person should eat the same food that his ancient ancestors ate. They claim that the human genome was fully formed in the Paleolithic era (hence the name) and products that appeared later for a person are unnatural and can lead to diseases and problems. And this theory has serious scientific evidence.

So, the Paleo diet or the Stone Age diet is based on the theory that we should eat only foods that appeared before the creation of agriculture. For the first time, this idea came to the gastroenterologist Walter Vogtlin, who published a book on this subject back in 1975.

Vogtlin argued that people are carnivorous, and the Paleo diet with plenty of protein and a small percentage of carbohydrate is ideal for treating the digestive tract. Over time, the theory about the paleo system of nutrition developed into a kind of philosophy and acquired a lot of research. And thanks to nutritionist Loren Cordain, she became popular again. Let’s see what you can and can not eat while on the Paleo diet.

What is a Paleo diet?

The Stone Age Diet is based on a large amount of animal protein in the diet. And this is its main advantage, because, as we know, it is animal proteins that help speed up metabolism, causing weight loss. Animal protein is more satisfying, it allows you not to feel hunger for a longer time than vegetables.

The Paleo food system says to eat every 5 hours, 3 times a day: our body needs about three hours to fully absorb white, and subcutaneous fat will be burned for 2 hours.

What foods are permissible with the Paleo diet:

Lean meat or poultry;

Wild fish and other seafood;

Eggs (maximum 2 per day);


Nuts, seeds, almond flour;

Berries, fruits, and vegetables;

Vegetable oils: olive oil, flaxseed, coconut, avocado, etc.

What not to eat when dieting Paleo?

This power system has a large number of prohibitions that have a logical and scientific explanation. Let’s understand what and why not to use.

What foods are unacceptable when using the Paleo diet:

Cereals and legumes;




Milk products;

Dried fruits;

Recycled products.


The Paleo diet excludes legumes that are rich in anti-nutrients, that is, anti-nutrients that block the flow of healthy foods into the body.

Any cereal is also not honored, which is understandable – bread and pastries are fast carbohydrates, which quickly cause hunger and are the main obstacle to harmony.

Buckwheat, quinoa, and other  pseudo-grains:

Paleo Diet does not allow the use of cereals and legumes, as well as brown rice. You should forget about corn, wheat, and rye in all their manifestations (bread, pasta, pastries). Quinoa, buckwheat, and buckwheat flour are also prohibited since although these crops were cultivated by man not so long ago, they were substantially modernized.

Regarding white rice, the opinions of nutritionists and paleo experts differ. Most of them recommend completely abandoning it, but some still allow the use of organically grown rice varieties “Basmati” or “Jasmine” in minimal quantities, referring to the fact that refined rice – is just pure starch.

Dairy products are not known to be digested by most adults, they increase insulin levels. If you want milk, then turn to almond or coconut.

Starch is also harmful to the body, increasing blood sugar levels due to its high glycemic index.

Sugar, our ancestors in the Stone Age did not even see, so we need to do as they get rid of sugar, as well as any other sweets, sweet water, chocolate, and juice. You can use raw honey.

What can you cook?

Such an interesting set of permissible products can, at first, discourage a picky modern person. Therefore, we decided to prepare for you a small menu that will help you not to stay hungry and do everything right.


For breakfast, you will have an omelet from two eggs with vegetables and sweet pepper. For lunch – a salad with tuna, tomato, cucumber, and lettuce, dressed with olive oil. Snack tea and almonds. For dinner, eat chicken breast in the oven with broccoli.


Breakfast – salad with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and olive oil. For lunch – broccoli cream soup. Snack will be any fruit. For dinner – fish in the oven with vegetables.


Breakfast – an omelet with two eggs and mushrooms, for lunch – braised cabbage with ham, for a snack – fruit, for dinner – a salad of shrimp, avocado, orange, and apples.


Breakfast – fruit salad from apple, kiwi, and orange, lunch – borsch or other vegetable soup, snack – nuts, dinner – salmon in a foil with mushrooms.


Breakfast – boiled eggs with cucumber and tomato salad, lunch – chicken nuggets with greens, snacks – fruit or nuts, for dinner – mushroom mashed potatoes.


For breakfast, smoothies made from bananas, kiwi, and orange, lunch – vegetable soup with cabbage, snack – fruit, dinner – boiled veal with salad.


Breakfast – pancakes from banana and almonds, lunch – steamed fish with vegetables, snacks – nuts or fresh celery and apples, dinner – chopped and leafed salad with avocado.





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