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Paleolithic Diet – Caveman Diet

Updated on April 12, 2016

All that people these days associate the term dieting with is weight loss. For this reason, the first thing that needs to be clarified is that the word diet actually signifies what we eat each day. In this regard, the Paleolithic diet is an extremely effective weight loss diet that has helped and continues to help an umber of people around the world. Also known as the caveman diet, this weight loss technique is now a ‘no carb diet’. Instead, it is a ‘low carb diet’, and it aims to enhance your heath by the consumptions of seafood and lean proteins. These also include poultry and all forms of wild game. However, this particular diet has raised much controversy amongst health experts and nutritionists as it encourages eating more meat and cutting down the intake of grains. Instead of giving up or getting discourages by the paleolithic diet, go through a few facts related to it and you are sure to find out how helpful it can be in your weight loss regime.

What is the paleolithic diet all about? or the Caveman diet

This diet also came to be known as the caveman diet because it is centered upon the kind of things that cavemen used to eat hundreds and thousands of years ago. So, what is it that you have to eat to follow this diet? Find out below:

  1. The things that you are allowed to eat include shrimp, salmon and all sorts of seafood on a regular basis. These are forms of lean proteins and are extremely healthy for the fact that they contain lots of Omega-3 fatty acid, which enhances your low carb diet.
  2. You can no longer consume things like rice, wheat and bread. Basically, you need to omit all types of starch from your diet. Focus on eating just like a caveman. This is meant to help you get rid of carbohydrates from your diet, which is why it is an effective weight loss diet.
  3. Focus on eating vegetables. These are healthy supplements and tend to contain little to no carbs and fats.
  4. You are allowed to have salads, but make sure that you omit the dressings. These are filled with fats and far too many carbs. Think this way; cavemen didn’t have salad dressings back in their days, so you can’t have them either!
  5. You need to consume maximum amounts of meat. Try low fat meats like venison; let your caveman instincts kick in. Red meat, although critiqued, is allowed too. Fast food is not allowed at all as it is full of fats and carbohydrates – the things that you need to get rid off. If you love burgers, make them at home with lean turkey.
  6. Get rid of sauces while cooking, just like getting rid of salad dressings. Steak sauces and marinades are just not allowed as they are just choked with useless carbs.
  7. Cook your food in either canola oil or olive oil.
  8. Using creams and milk is not allowed also.
  9. Grilling food is the best option that you have. The utilization of tree nuts and eggs is allowed to a certain extent.
  10. The only beverages that you are allowed to drink include water, green tea and coconut water.
  11. For those with a sweet tooth, you can only have honey and coconut palm sugar – candies are off the list!

Paleo Diet Breakfast Recipes

Preparing for your paleo diet breakfast time is probably turning out to be particularly tough due to the fact that a large number of people are used to eating breakfast meals which contain grain, milk, trans-fats and some other ingredients not approved in the Paleo Eating plan. Consuming processed food stuffs, that are higher in all kinds of sugar or carbohydrates, very first thing in the day may set you up for a crash some time later in the day.

To observe a Paleolithic eating habit, you must replace your conventional breakfast time concepts with natural paleo diet breakfast recipes. Just one of the more popular food items that you can certainly stock for your first Paleo meal of the day is without a doubt eggs. They are so versatile that you can amalgamate them in to plenty of diverse paleo recipes to try to keep your first healthy meal of the day delicious and out-of-the-ordinary. Italian eggs, typical eggs benedict and veg omelets are all fantastic morning meal recipes for starting your day off properly.

If it is the case that you do not like eggs, you can certainly try gluten-free varieties of a standard BLT, fruit healthy morning drinks, veg drinks or perhaps a nut, seed and berry mix will all set you up for the day and stay within the paleo guide lines.

Let’s take this a little further now and actually give you a couple of examples of perfect paleo diet breakfast recipes ideas. Use these as a base to help you come up with more meals for your Paleo Diet Breakfast.

Paleo Diet Breakfast Casserole

So Tasty and Really Easy to Prepare – The Paleo Diet Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

450g ( one pound) 72% or more meat content breakfast sausage
3 turnips, peeled and grated (you can use a food processor for this)
4 free range eggs, beaten
3 scallions, chopped
Sauté the sausage, chopping it into small pieces while you cook using a spoon or your spatula, until almost cooked through.

Mix the cooked sausage with the rest of the ingredients.

Put the mixture into a 200mm square baking pan.

This can be pre-prepared so when ready to cook, heat oven to 180-200 degrees – gas mark 6. Bake for 45 minutes before covering the baking pan, then bake for another 25 minutes. Let the dish cool for 15 minutes or until the casserole sets before cutting into it. Serve and enjoy.

The next paleo diet breakfast recipe is a sweet omelette, which is milk free but can easily be dairy free by using coconut oil in place of butter. No sugar and grain and gluten free the dish can fit in to your paleo diet regime easily as you have an option to add fruit or honey or both to it when serving, whatever takes your fancy really.

Paleo Diet Breakfast Sweet Omelette

Quick, Easy to Prepare and Full of Flavour – The Paleo Diet Breakfast Sweet Omelette

  • 5g vanilla extract
  • 2 fresh free range beaten eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter/ghee/vegetable spread to cook with (this can be replaced with coconut oil to make the Paleo Diet Recipe 100% dairy free)

Beat the vanilla and the eggs together In a suitable bowl until the mixture is thick then set it aside.
Heat your chosen cooking medium in a frying pan on medium heat until the resulting liquid has started to bubble.
At this point add the mixture of eggs and vanilla you put aside earlier to the pan be certain that the mixture is spread evenly in the frying pan.
Continue the cooking process until the omelette mix has firmed up and all the mix has cooked. Folding the omelette in half over itself you can then serve as it is or add a favorite accompaniment from the list below or even one of your own.

Accompaniments that go with our Paleo Diet Breakfast sweet omelette

  • nut butters using almonds or macadamia nuts
  • fresh fruit such as orange, banana, apple, blueberry or strawberry
  • yoghurt or sour cream
  • whipped coconut cream
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • pecan nuts (chopped)

Let me know how you get on with the recipe as I love using the sweet omelette as a base for many of my personal favourite Paleo Diet Breakfast Meals.

For my last recipe, in this post any way, I feel I must include a paleo porridge. It’s so simple to prep and cook, with very few ingredients, and for a large number of people just starting out on a caveman diet it is not that far removed from a very popular grain based breakfast they have been used to.

Paleo Diet Breakfast Porridge

A Simple to Prepare Alternative to Porridge – The Paleo Diet Breakfast Porridge

  • Soak and rinse 1/2 cup of organic gluten free quinoa.
  • For sweetness blend 1 cup of almond milk with 1 date. Some do find however that Silk Pure Almond Milk is sweet enough and more flavoursome than the unsweetened Blue Diamond Almond Milk.
  • 5g (1tsp) pumpkin pie spice

Put your chosen almond milk plus the soaked and rinsed quinoa in a saucepan and bring the liquid to the boil. Simmer the mix until the quinoa has split and the seed absorbed the liquid. The process of cooking porridge can be likened to that of cooking rice or cous cous.

Once this is done stir the pumpkin pie spice in to the resulting mixture, you can enjoy the dish either warm or cold.

As an option to make the dish more interesting sliced apple; raw or baked; can be added. Additionally experiment with berries and nuts to come up with your own personal “paleo breakfast porridge recipe”.

So, as I hope you can see from those three simple recipes, paleo diet breakfast does not need to be any more difficult than the breakfasts you had in the past. It’s all about getting yourself organised and the paleo foods in place. Try it and make your change to a paleo diet breakfast quick and easy.

A ebook "The Paleo Diet” by Dr. Loren Cordain

More recently when Dr. Loren Cordain released his book entitled “The Paleo Diet” the popularity of it really turned the principle of a primal diet mainstream. More and more publications, especially those surrounding Paleo diet recipes, have made it to the bookshops, couple this with the increase in websites explaining the principles of a Paleo Lifestyle and popularity of this way of life has only continued to increase. It seems, unlike the forecasts of those early skeptics, that the Paleo diet is not just another diet fad and at the time of writing it does look to be around for a very long time to come.

We don’t think it is our place to tell followers of the Paleo Diet what foods (check list of food here) to eat and what not to eat, rather it is better we put forward the benefits of each regime be that Voegtlin’s stricter variation or the later, more relaxed approach and let you decide what to eat on the Paleo Diet. Ultimately it is you and only you that decides what paleo foods make up your own Paleo Diet Plan

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