The Paleo diet really refers to eating like our prehistoric ancestors. It’s all about supporting the optimal biological functioning of the body by feeding the body what it has adapted to, evolutionarily speaking.
If you are not eating a diet that is high in protein, moderate in healthy fats and low in quick releasing carbs (high glycemic) and full of clean foods then you will never see the full results of eating Paleo. After all, this diet is hinged on you 'eating like a caveman', meaning that you need to eat foods that come from the earth in their purest form.
For instance, instead of eating an egg sandwich in the morning, you would just eat the egg. Instead of adding milk to your coffee, you would add almond, coconut milk or drink it black, and instead of a steak and cheese sub you would just have the steak.
To follow a paleo eating plan, you need to eliminate things like processed foods, sugars, and most dairy products. These things are not in their natural form, and they will not be able to give you the nutrition that your body needs to stay strong and healthy.
But that doesn't mean that you will not be satisfied when you eat Paleo foods, in fact you will be quite satisfied. The Paleo diet calls for a lot of protein and moderate fat (good fat) intake and this is a crucial reason that so many people have success when following a Paleo plan. Healthy protein not only makes you feel full, but it also causes your body to release fat from your fat cells. In other words, when you have enough protein you will never feel hungry and your body will constantly be releasing stored fat.
This is why grass fed lean meat is so important on a Paleo plan. When an animal is grass fed, it means that they are able to eat the diet that nature intended for them to eat. So when you then eat the grass fed meat all of those essential nutrients are then passed onto you.
Organic fruits and vegetables are also essential Paleo foods. Not only are organic fruits and vegetables packed with nutrients and hydration, but they are also full of flavor. Most of us aren't taught to combine our fruits or vegetables. Instead we eat as little as we can on the side of whatever our main meal is. But when you are following a Paleo diet, foods like these will become your new best friend. For example, instead of having corn as a side dish with your plain hamburger, why not cut that hamburger into cubes and add it to a large salad filled with tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, avocado, cucumber and spinach? Not only will you be getting the protein and flavor of the meat, but you will also be consuming a massive amount of healthy nutrient-filled vegetables.
Nuts and seeds are also essential Paleo diet foods. One of the hardest things about sticking to a diet is getting through the workday or taking long trips. These are both times when you are away from home and away from your healthy foods. When this happens, you are more likely to eat something unhealthy and lose all of the progress you have made.
But if you keep nuts and seeds with you at all times, these Paleo foods will be sure to keep you on your healthy eating path. Not only are they easy to pack, but they can also be stored at room temperature and they last a long time. Some people even keep a bag of mixed nuts in their car for those times when they get hungry while on the road.
Remember, you are eating in a way that is going to change your life, it is a must to stick to it in order to see results. By following a Paleo plan, you will most assuredly look, feel and perform a lot better than you are right now.