Back to basics – What is a Paleo diet?

There are seemingly thousands of different diets out there claiming to be the next big thing, but do they actually work? What makes the Paleo approach different is that it’s more of a lifestyle change rather than a temporary shift of eating habits and focuses on eating raw, unprocessed foods. Well, at Florette we are all about feeling happy and healthy so thought we would take a close look at what Paleo diets are all about!

What is Paleo?

In a nutshell, eating Paleo is adopting the diet of our very first ancestors and consuming food just like cavemen did thousands of years ago. The diet is founded on the principle that we should only consume foods that our bodies were designed for, with any man-made products not making the cut.
Eating Paleo essentially translates to eating primal, with the diet primarily focused on foods that can be hunted, gathered or foraged.

What can you eat on Paleo?

The Paleo diet is generally high protein, moderate fat and low carbohydrates, with everything consumed being a natural product. It might be confusing to understand what’s natural or not but once you’ve removed grains and processed food from the equation then the diet left is quite simple!
Paleo’s are able to eat: meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables (including salad!), natural oils, seeds and nuts.

What are the benefits of Paleo?

Fortunately if you’re thinking of going Paleo, today’s easy access to food means that you don’t need to gear up with spears and head out into the wild. Whilst the modern day is a stark contrast to the surroundings and lifestyles of our first-ancestors, the benefits the Paleo diet has on our bodies’ has remained the same. Other than the already given benefit of dropping bad processed fats and sugars, the Paleo diet can help promote weight loss, give you better gut health, improve energy levels, boost metabolism and even give you a healthier brain!

The science bit:

One of the benefits of Paleo is that it avoids grains which are made up of carbohydrates which are then stored as fat in our bodies if we don’t expend enough energy. On Paleo the absence of glucose from ingested carbs means that our body starts to turn to fat for its fuel source which can then lead to weight loss.

It’s not just about the carbs

It’s important to remember that eating Paleo isn’t all about limiting carbohydrates. Not all carbs are the same, and eating healthy options such as sweet potatoes, legumes and beans is beneficial for the body and shouldn’t be grouped in the same bracket as a bag of crisps!
Many people choose Paleo as a way of getting more fruit and vegetables into their diets and limiting the junk food that’s all around us. Don’t underestimate the vital vitamins and nutrients that fruit and veg have so get out there and try it for yourself!