Have you tried the Paleo Diet? What do you think? Coconut oil is an approved food in Paleo so we are very interested to see what it has to offer.
The chatter is that you’re supposed to go back through a diet timehole and eat like a caveman … sort of. Lets be sensible, Paleo doesn’t actually say you should go out and hunt for wooly mammoths. What it does say is that if we avoided the overly processed foods that are so prominent in modern diets, and instead ate less toxic foods that made up the diets of our Paleolithic anscestors, we would be healthier.
Stripping back the fad, Paleo at it’s core is about clean eating and non-processed whole foods – which we love. And guess what, eating real food makes you feel better and helps you lose weight by nourishing your body with the vitamins and fuel it recognises and needs. WOW! Shock, horror lol!
So forget Fred Flintstone, Paleo is really about getting back to nutritional basics. We’re talking grass-fed meats, fish and seafood, fresh fruit and vegetales, eggs, seeds and nuts, and of course healthy oils such as our delicious and nutritious coconut oil. You will be eating foods with beneficial nutrients, soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates.
Translated that means unlimited vegetables. Fresh vegetables should take up the majority of your plate at every meal along with fresh, unprocessed meat, fish or eggs. This is accompanied by fruits, seeds and nuts. The rest of your calories will come from healthy oils such as coconut oil. You wont be eating grains, beans, legumes, processed or refined foods. That also means no dairy. These foods tend to have an inflammatory effect on the body so don’t make the Paleo list. However that doesn’t mean they are banned completely, you can find your own tolerance level. In some ways that’s the true beauty of Paleo. It’s not a one size fits all diet, it’s a lifestyle and within that you can discover what works for you.
Eating this way makes it virtually impossible not to lose excess body fat. Simply cutting out the processed foods on it’s own will make a massive difference. Running your body on foods it recognizes as food will do great things for your overall health. You are optimizing your nutrition by sticking to whole foods and avoiding toxins, maximizing vitamins and minerals, increasing fiber and reducing bloating plus all the benefits you get from good fats such as coconut oil. As a result people suffering from conditions such as digestive or cardiovascular problems have noted an improvement in their condition since starting Paleo. Not only that, the increase in anti-oxidants you will be consuming on Paleo can help prevent some cancers forming too. Paleo dieters also report healthier skin and hair, more energy, better immunity, sustainable weight loss and just a feeling of greater mental clarity and overall wellbeing.
The downside … eh …no more junk food binges, it requires more thought than a drive thru, your friends may hate you because you look so good. I can’t seem to find any others.
We can recommend a great starter guide if you want to give Paleo a try. It’s totally free for our readers so just stick in your email below and it will land in your inbox with some great tips and advice for getting started. Please let us know how you get on. We love to hear your success stories.