The Star Diet: Discovering the Paleo DietPublished In: 20 Sep 2017
The personal trainer that follows step by step Victoria Secret models has recently revealed the secret of their perfect silhouette and how they keep their dream body: the paleo diet. If you think it's just the new strange stars’ fashion, be prepared you have to think again: it is the food regime that has kept man in splendid shape for over two million years. What is and how does the paleo diet work? Continue reading to find it out!
How does the paleo diet work?
The paleo diet is also known as the "cavernous diet": it is a nutrition regime "invented" by Colorado Nutritionist Lorein Cordain, who has always been attached to Palaeolithic stories. When it comes to paleo diet, the term "invented" is not the most appropriate: the paleo diet has been existed for 2 million years! The underlying principle of this diet is based on the idea that today’s men should eat as they did our progenitors to ensure optimal body weight and keep your body healthy.
The paleo diet guide line
At the base of the paleo diet is the belief that taking foods as it comes from nature is the best solution to keep the body healthy: the cavern diet promises to respect the diet for which man was " genetically programmed "by nature itself, eliminating all those refined foods. We think of what the Palaeolithic men ate to have general guidelines on what to eat by following a paleo diet: it is a high protein protein diet, as caverns feed mainly on meat, while carbohydrate intake results low coming from unroasted fruit and vegetables. Obviously, this is to eliminate dairy products, sugars, salt, cereals or foods transformed by man's hand. According to Cordain, it is very important to associate a regular physical activity to follow the typical lifestyle of the ancestors.
We go in more detail and see what are the permitted foods an those forbidden by the paleo diet.
The food of the paleo diet
The paleo diet allows you to eat only the foods that existed in the Palaeolithic Age, to avoid the refined products and to grant, very rarely, some "vices" such as alcohol, oil, tea or coffee.
Allowed foods are:
• Seasonal fruits and vegetables
• Crustaceans and molluscs
• Meat, preferably grass-fed
• Peasant eggs
• Roots and tubers such as dandelion, daikon, topinambur, pastinaca
• Seeds and nuts
• Herbs, spices, mushrooms
The foods forbidden by the paleo diet
• Milk and dairy products
• Hydrogenated fats such as sunflower, peanut, margarine and soybean oil
• Refined, industrial or packaged foods
Advantages and disadvantages of paleo diet: are there any risks?
The motto of those who follow the paleo diet is: "If the man did it, do not eat it". Obviously, there are advantages in following this type of diet, but you can also run some risks.
According to research, those who follow a paleo diet have various benefits for the body like:
• Strengthening the immune system
• Improving sleep quality
• Weight loss and weight maintenance
• More energy available
• Healthier intestinal flora
• Increased libido
• Decreased localized inflammation
• More healthy skin
• Improved insulin sensitivity
There is inadequate number of studies and accurate documentation in support of this diet regime. Surely this is a regime unsuitable for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. The high amount of meat consumed, in addition to the total absence of dairy products, does not correspond to a style of nutrition considered healthy by many nutritionists.
Paleo diet example: what to put on the table
Breakfast: boiled eggs and almonds. A fruit.
Lunch: Chicken salad with a handful of nuts.
Dinner: Hamburger (without sandwich), with seasonal vegetables.
Breakfast: fried eggs in coconut oil and vegetables.
Lunch: Bresaola and Rucola
Dinner: stew with raw vegetables
Breakfast: fruit smoothie with coconut milk
Lunch: omelette with salad and tomatoes
Dinner: Sliced vegetable soup with choice
Breakfast: salmon and nuts
Lunch: Curry chicken with salad
Dinner: grilled chicken wings with vegetables
Breakfast: raw ham and macadamia
Lunch: steak and vegetables
Dinner: roasted chicken with grilled vegetables
Breakfast: Eggs and a fruit
Lunch: chicken breast with irons with salad
Dinner: Baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.
Breakfast: fried eggs in coconut oil and vegetables
Lunch: shrimp and salad
Dinner: Salmon with seasonal vegetables