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Eleanor Knight3 years ago

A beginners guide to the paleo diet

Looking to take charge of your eating habits? Whether you're keen to lose weight or simply want to regulate what you eat, the paleo diet may be the ideal option for you. Rather a lifestyle choice than a strict dietary regime, the paleo diet is known to be one of the healthiest, and sometimes controversial, approaches to eating. According to experts, the paleo diet can promote general health and wellbeing by increasing energy levels, decreasing weight and improving focus and mental clarity. For all you need to know about how the paleo diet can alter the way you feel, read on!

What is the paleo diet?

The paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet) takes eating back to basics. It incorporates lean proteins into your diet along with fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, in order to jumpstart a clean, sugar-free approach to nutrition. Studies have shown that our modern diet can trigger diseases including obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease, due to its increased sugar and trans-fat intake. By taking food back to basics with the paleo diet, we can easily nourish and fuel our body with nutrient-rich foods, promoting optimal health.

What to eat

  • Fruits – i.e. apples, bananas, grapefruit
  • Vegetables – i.e. broccoli, leafy greens, carrots (go light on the starchy veggies such as potatoes)
  • Lean meats – i.e. lamb, beef, chicken
  • Seafood – i.e. salmon, tuna, barramundi
  • Nuts and seeds – i.e. sunflower seeds, pecans, cashews
  • Healthy fats – i.e. avocado, olive oil, almonds

What to avoid

  • Dairy – i.e. milk, butter, yoghurt
  • Grains – i.e. oats, buckwheat, rice
  • Processed food – i.e chips, hotdogs, fast-food
  • Sugar – i.e. lollies, honey, chocolate
  • Legumes – i.e. chickpeas, beans, peanuts
  • Starches – i.e. pasta, white bread, white rice
  • Alcohol – i.e. beer, wine, spirits

Some experts suggest that the paleo diet can benefit our health by reducing inflammation in the body, improving immune function, increasing muscle growth and insulin sensitivity, and creating sustainable weight loss. This is because the diet promotes food that is:

100% real

Because you steer completely away from unprocessed foods, everything you consume is 100% real (natural produce). This eliminates a whole range of nasties from our diet, including preservatives, hidden sugars, additives and food colourings, that are often jam-packed into pre-packaged and processed foods.

High in healthy fats

Say goodbye to unsaturated fats and hello to rich healthy fats. Food such as grass-fed meat and seafood as well as olive oil, nuts and seeds, are all crucial to achieving a healthy and balanced diet. Consuming a healthy ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats, are essential to maintaining healthy arteries, skin, and brain function, as well as decreasing inflammation.

Rich in nutrients

The paleo diet replaces processed food and saturated fats, with an abundance of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. By eliminating foods that can cause bloating—such as grains and legumes—the paleo diet promotes improved gut health and increased nutrient absolution to achieve a healthy, vitamin-rich diet.

Possible health benefits include:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Muscle growth and sustained weight loss
  • Clear skin and healthy, shiny hair
  • Stable blood sugar levels
  • Reduced allergies
  • Improved mood and mental clarity

Keen to give the paleo diet a go?

If you live in Northern Rivers, check out these great locations that offer a wide range of fresh and organic produce—perfect for the paleo diet.

Brad’s Butchery

Contact number: (02) 6622 2345
Address: Shop 2/57 Conway St, Lismore, NSW 2480

  • Open 6 days a week – Monday to Saturday
  • Home to qualified butchers
  • Gluten-free and grass-fed meats

If you’re looking for a range of quality meat in Lismore, look no further than Brad’s Butchery. Established in 1996, this Northern Rivers butchers is known for their friendly and professional staff, who ensure that you receive the best cut of meat every visit. Click here for more information about Brad’s Butchery.

Pantry 29

Contact number: (02) 6687 1428
Address: 29 Byron Street, Bangalow, NSW 2479

  • Local produce
  • In-store deli & café
  • Open 7 days a week

For an extensive range of local products and delicious deli food, be sure to visit Pantry 29. Whether you’re stocking up your kitchen cupboards, or in search of some professional foodie advice, the welcoming staff here are able to help. Pop in and say hello to the team at Pantry 29 today.

Not in the Northern rivers? Click here to find your local butcher and wholefood store!

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