The Paleolithic or “paleo” diet is not really a diet. It never ends. You are not supposed to do it for a specific period of time or a certain portion of the week. Proper paleo is 24 hours/day every day of the year. Only whole foods are really allowed. Think of it as not eating anything with ingredients. Instead, you are eating a single ingredient. Foods include grass-fed meats, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Dairy, grains, legumes, and processed foods are not allowed.
Yes, this sounds tricky. Believe me, I know. However, I challenge anyone reading to try this for 30 days with no cheating. When you are done, I dare you to tell me you do not feel amazing. This diet suggestion was originally made by Whole9 Life.
I have tried it, and I still do my best to stick with the rules. I cannot say for others who have tried it, but the benefits I noticed after only a few weeks were: sounder and more restful sleep, more energy during the day, a higher metabolism (I could tell because I was always hungry), less stress since there is no calorie counting, clearer skin, better hair, and an increased desire to exercise. I sometimes exercised twice a day to burn some of the excess energy!
Now are my results typical? Yes and no. I’ve heard people say they had similar things happen. I’ve also heard that this diet can cure things like Type II diabetes and ulcerative colitis. Is this a fact? Absolutely not. Is it a fact in some cases? Definitely yes. Is it worth it for anyone to try it? 100% YES YES YES
In subsequent posts, I will go over each of the food groups that I suggest you leave out and tell you why they should be left out.