by Krystal Crawford January 31, 2019
The Paleo diet is meant to resemble what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate thousands of years ago. Although it’s not possible to know exactly what our pre-agricultural ancestors ate on different parts of the globe, Archaeologist believed that their diets consisted of whole foods, especially plants! Researchers at the Bar Ilan University and the University of Jerusalem have discovered the remains of 55 different edible Paleolithic plant species near shorelines and prehistoric sites, providing clues that the Paleo-diet really mainly plant-based.
The Paleo diet proposes eating foods our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic period. It recommends devising a dietary plan that includes whole, unprocessed foods, lean meats, and low-carb foods that are high in fiber, potassium, and healthy fats. Foods such as grains, legumes, potatoes, dairy products, refined sugars and oils, and salt are excluded from the Paleo diet. Plant-based calls for non-perishable food items that are free of additives, preservatives, antibiotics, and pesticides. There are dietary recommendations where the Paleo and plant-based diet overlap, both stressing the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables and warning against processed foods. Combining the best of Paleo and plant-based brings a balanced nutritional regimen to the table to put you on the right track to fulfilling your health and wellness goals.
To easily transition into a plant-based and Paleo diet, a healthy shopping list is key; one that’s made up of ingredients and not products. Eating was a straight-forward practice of fueling the body for our ancestors, and that’s the way it should feel now, which is fuss-free, stress-free, and intuitive. Start with fresh plant-based foods of all kinds not only fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens but herbs and seaweed. Think of your health as an asset and invest plenty of time getting to know the plant foods that you love. Come up with a list of five favorite fruits and vegetables, then to make these mainstays on your shopping list so that its always possible to quickly assemble meals to eat that you’ll enjoy.
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