What the heck is paleo?

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Some of you reading my blog may have noticed that I sporadically mention that a recipe of mine or a meal I’m eating is “paleo”.  And for those of you who don’t know me personally, you may be wondering what that’s all about.  Well here’s some clarification…

I started to CrossFit this past July and this type of training recommends following a paleo (short for “Paleolithic”) lifestyle.  I prefer the word “lifestyle” over diet because it really is a lifestyle.  The paleo diet, also referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter-gatherer diet, is based on what our ancestors consumed during the Paleolithic era.   It’s extremely simple to follow: just don’t eat anything a caveman wouldn’t eat!  At its core, it recommends that you eat animal proteins, vegetables, healthy fats, and fruits and nuts in moderation.  You should avoid processed foods, grains, added sweeteners, industrial seed oils, legumes, white potatoes, and most dairy.  I realize that this is an extremely simplified explanation of paleo, but there’s so much information out there that I don’t feel the need to write a novel about it.

For more information about paleo, I recommend the following links:

Everyday Paleo

Fast Paleo

Pay Now, Live Later

Nom, Nom Paleo

And this video also does a great job of explaining paleo:

I’m doing a 6-week challenge with my gym where I must eat 100% paleo, so keep on the lookout for some new paleo recipes soon!  I’m going to have to get creative.  Don’t worry, I still have a special place in my heart for sushi, macarons, and beer, which I’ll start consuming (and blogging about) again (in moderation) after this challenge.