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Tune back 65 million years ago to a time when Dinosaurs roamed and ruled the earth; when diets consisted of all your major food groups minus all the additives, chemicals and other foreign substances that hide in our food today. There was a time when every food item that made its way into our bodies was fresh, natural and contained no “extras.” While we are far removed from the cave and our ancient cavemen ancestors, the choice to eat entirely pure has come back full circle! The FDA has substantially eased up on its standards and regulations, as a result the food the ends up on our plates and subsequently in our bodies is not 100% safe and natural anymore. Cutting slack to the major food producers has led to an increase in the use of substitutes and preservatives to make food as far from its natural origin as possible. With the constant fear of eating an unknown, it’s no wonder many have turned to a diet that is more transparent and uncontaminated.
The Paleo diet, as it has been coined, is one in which a person consumes solely wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that our hunter-gather ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic or Stone Age Era. The main premise of this diet is centered around fundamental characteristics which will ultimately optimize health, and minimize any number of chronic diseases or illness that come from an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. The following list created by Dr. Lorren Cordain, the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets and founder of the Paleo movement demonstrates some of the main benefits a person will gain from adopting the Paleo Diet.
• Higher protein intake- The average Westerners diet consists of 15% protein which is much lower than the hunter-gather protein index ranging between19-35%. Protein loaded products such as meats, seafood and other animal products have come to represent the main staples of the newly found Paleo diet.
• Lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index- Representing 35-45% of our diet is by those vegetables and fruits that are non-starchy. Paleo-centric foods are slower to digest and won’t escalate a blood sugar level which leads to a greater absorption of nutrients that we may miss in other foods.
• Higher fiber intake- Fiber is essential to every diet, and contrary to what we are told whole grains are not the means. In fact, whole fruits contain double the amount of fiber than that of whole grains and nearly seven times the amount of those grains that have been refined.
• Moderate to higher fat intake by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are balanced by Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats- Specific types of fats, not the daily intake itself, are responsible for increasing blood cholesterol levels which then lead to a higher risk in such health complications such as heart disease, cancer and even Type II Diabetes. By cutting polyunsaturated fats and replacing with monounsaturated fats we will decrease the likelihood of any cardiovascular related problems.
• Higher potassium and lower sodium intake- The average American consumes twice the amount of sodium than potassium which does not bode well for essential body organs such as the heart and kidneys to function effectively. Low potassium can be directly linked to problems such as blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
(The Paleo Diet Premise: The Paleo Diet)
So, now that you know the low-down of this cleaner food eating alternative, here are the foods to stock up on next time you visit your local grocer!
• Grass-produced meats
• Fish/ seafood
• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• Eggs
• Nuts & seeds
• Healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado and coconut)
** (Fruits and Vegetables must be consumed entirely raw in order to align with this diet. Meats must be untainted and cooked without the use of oils except those that have been listed above)*
Now that you have the key to the foods that should be contained in your Paleo diet, here are the foods you should absolutely avoid:
• Cereal grains
• Legumes
• Dairy
• Refined sugar
• Potatoes
• Processed food
• Salt
• Refined vegetable oils
Will this diet turn into a short lived fad or will more food conscious Americans embrace it? While neither is certain, what can be is that your preferred caterer Y.Lo Epicure is more than happy to provide meals prepared to the Paleo standards.

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