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Who should try the Paleo diet?
The person that has tried other diets and failed. They wanted to lose fat for the right reasons. They felt unattractive. They were forced to buy unattractive clothes. They were self conscious and never really expressed themselves. They avoided social gatherings because they felt they didnt fit in because of their appearance. Why did the other diets fail? It most likely wasnt their fault. The diet was unreasonable and demanded that they were hungry most of the time. They were told to count calories and weigh their food. They were told to eat foods that were unsatisfying and left them miserable. This person may have even been told that being overweight was unhealthy for them and perhaps already causing them physical problems or disease. This person should definitely try the Paleo diet.Many people just like them have succeeded in getting the body they want, and it changed their lives.
There is another person that should try the Paleo diet. This person has disabling health conditions. A common one is stomach or intestinal problems. Problems that make their lives miserable. People that dont know what to eat and what foods are making them sick. They try medications, and medical testing, and the drugs they are given make them even sicker. Some of them are quite severe and may face surgery. Or the problem may be unexplained headaches or muscle pain. They look up all the symptoms online and cant understand why they are so ill. They have tried herbs and accupuncture and still get no relief. They may even avoid public places and social functions because they are afraid of getting sick in public. These people too, should give the Paleo diet a fair trial.
Another person that should try Paleo is the one that is shocked with modern food quality. They may be healthy now, but they know that their foods are loaded with chemicals that will eventually make them sick or lead to a life threatening disease. This person has given up smoking and curtails their drinking of alcohol, but realizes that the packaged foods they eat contain ingredients that have been linked to serious diseases. They dont know how to detox from these terrible chemicals and yet they know they must. This person too should try the Paleo diet.They want to share good food with their family and not feel guilty about serving foods to their loved ones that are loaded with disease causing additives.
Yet another person is fit but they seem to have reached a plateau. They work out, exercise and yet they dont seem to be getting the results they want. Their muscle tone for all the exercise, is not good. They want to have a lean muscular body, but they dont want to live on protein shakes. They want to have more energy and recover from physical exercise faster. They want to run faster or longer, improve their strength training and build muscle. This person too, should give the Paleo diet a try.
These are just a few examples of people that should give the Paleo diet a fair trial. They dont even have to do it full time, as for many of them, following Paleo even 80% of the time will bring great results. These people were taken from the many examples and testimonials of people that have succeeded with the Pale diet. And chances are good , if you are reading this post, you are probably one or more , of the above types of people.
Someone wrote to me asking the question “Is Paleo better for men or for women”? This may sound like a crazy question, but its not.
Many times Paleo is presented from a males point of view, and other times its just the opposite. It starts with the “Caveman” concept. Reading certain blog posts certainly make it sound like a macho kind of diet. Manly muscular men working out and eating meat 24-7, but hopefully by now you know that is not the case.
On the other hand because it is a “diet”, and there is cooking involved, it may sound like the another womans diet, requiring cooking and baking skills, and losing fat, instead of pumping up.
Of course the answer is that Paleo is a “lifestyle” that works well for either sex. This is apparent from the large number of success stories by both men and women.Paleo is about eating the most efficient foods for the human body. By doing this there are automatic benefits in fat loss and muscle tone. It is highly recommended to include a short high intensity workout with your Paleo diet. It is also about reducing or eliminating inflammation in the body. This of course applies to both sexes, and it is not unusual to see improvements in digestion, skin, allergies and many other disorders. Its great that both men and women can benefit, improve or even eliminate problems that have nagged them for years. In addition to these benefits, the man or woman will be avoiding preservatives that have been linked to serious diseases and weight gain or retention.
But what if I dont cook? This is a side question and will be the subject of another post, but lets look at that a bit now. Men sometimes see the Paleo diet and guides and recipe books like Paleohacks Cookbook and say to themselves, “This is going to require a lot of cooking”. Not necessarily, men. First of all you will know what foods to eat and what not to eat, and this includes eating fast food on the run, or eating meals and snacks at home. It is possible to start the Paleo diet without ANY additional cooking or food preparation. It is possible to be mostly Paleo, by eating just at fast food restaurants, although that certainly isnt recommended. Most people can start a few days of Paleo with just the foods they have on hand. It is true that eventually you will want to add more variety to your meals and this is where preparation really comes in handy For example, Paleo 4X which comes free with Paleohacks Cookbook gives you great fast recipes you can make at home with only four ingredients. This is very popular with men that cook for themselves and perhaps use an outdoor grille to prepare quick meals. The same applies for women, that just dont have the time to prepare elaborate meals.
Men love the body results that Paleo delivers. That is why so many male athletes and trainers use the Paleo lifestyle for a more muscular body, improved performance and recovery. This applies to women athletes as well. If a woman is just looking to lose body fat, have more energy, or fit into nicer clothes, Paleo will definitely help.
The bottom line is that Paleo is a unisex lifestyle, that can benefit every human being and bring an attractive toned body and improved health.
If you think Paleo is crazy, I cant say that I blame you. Dont get me wrong, obviously, I dont think its crazy at all. However, hype and spin being what it is these days, in many ways, there is a lot of misinformation about Paleo.
Ive mentioned before that there are fanatics in every group, and Paleo is no exception. Im sure there are people out there right now dressed like cave people. People trying to kill their meals with clubs. I would like you to know for every one of those, there are hundreds if not thousands of perfectly normal people that have lost excess fat and have improved their health and lives with the Paleo diet. Without acting like a caveman or cavewoman. Ive mentioned that in many ways the name and connotation can be a disadvantage. I see so many negative articles rambling on about how Paleo man didnt in fact eat this, or did eat that, and other pointless discussions. I for one, dont really care what this caveman ate or did not eat. I am concerned with a diet that has helped me lose body fat and has improved health problems.
It also doesnt help to see so many Paleo newbies talking about bacon candy, or eating bacon at every meal. This is certainly not what the diet is about. It does however make good headlines and food for social media. I can assure you that this too is not indicitive of the typical Paleo dieter. If you havent seen the post on Prominent Paleo People, you should check this out to get an idea of what kind of people are behind the diet. There are many scientists, nutritionists, and even Olympic athletes that are very much believers in the diet.
There are also basic misconceptions like Paleo dieters eat nothing but meat, or raw meats, all of the time. That Paleo people cannot drink wine or other alcoholic beverages. That a Paleo person can never again eat a cookie or they will become violently ill, and other such nonsense. All of this is far from the truth.
The truth is that much of the world is obese. The truth is that many of the most common and serious afflictions such as heart disease and diabetes are strongly connected to diet. So if we figure out what is making us fat and unhealthy and avoid it, our lives should be better in many ways. Well there really is no mystery here. We do know that preservatives in our foods are making us fatter and unhealthy. We also know that many foods cause allergic , autoimmune and inflammatory reactions in people. We also know that a major component of modern day wheat called gluten causes a nightmare of symptoms in about one percent of the population and possibly some degree of symptoms in as many as thirty percent of the population. We know that sugars and added sugars are responsible for weight gain and disease.
These are the things that the Paleo diet is really about.
Add to this the thousands of people that have testified that this diet has helped them to lose fat, and feel healthier. The fact that many other diets have come to many of the same conclusions. Top that off with the host of scientists, nutritionists and even Olympic athletes that benefit and praise the Paleo diet. Paleo has been a leader in the idea of healthy fats, and a recent cover of Time magazine featured “Eat Butter”.
The diet itself is also far from crazy. Many diets fail because they enforce an all or nothing approach. Most Paelo experts agree that to benefit from Paleo, you only have to follow it 85% of the time. This gives you 15% of a choice to eat something that is not strictly Paleo. It allows you to have that slice of pizza on occasion, or that brownie youve been craving. If a diet is unreasonable and allows for little pleasure, it will more than likely fail. And the Paleo diet allows you to eat good quality foods that are very satisfying, and there are tons of recipes that even include breads and goodies, that are free of the allergens and preservatives that we know do us harm.
The more you know the truth about the Paleo diet, I am sure you will agree that it is far from crazy.
Whats wrong with wheat ?
If the Paleo diet had a number one rule, it might be, no grains. But Paleo is not alone in its problem with grains and perhaps in particular, wheat. There are many diets, diet systems and nutritional guides that recommend avoiding wheat, Especially in cases of allergy and inflammation, as well as digestive problems wheat can be a big problem.
This post will be a synopsis of wheat in the diet, a brief history and some of the reasons that wheat may not be too healthy for you. The information is taken from many sources and publications that are readily available and you may research and investigate and come to your own conclusions about wheat and your health. It is my intention to be brief, accurate and concise about this complicated subject.
Wheat to some extent has changed a great deal over the ages. The original wheat is thought to be a grass called Einkorn. This grass at some point mated with another grass and became Emmer. In the Middle Ages, Emmer mated again and a grain called Spelt was the outcome. in the 1960′s in a response to increasing population, there was a big effort to produce a super high yielding wheat. This wheat is known as Clearfield wheat and because of its hardy characteristics, it has taken over much of the worlds wheat production.
This modern wheat was exposed to various chemicals and radiation in order to mutate into our new super wheat. One of these chemicals isSodium Azide a very powerful industrial toxic chemical. It is said to be the norm to douse wheat seeds with pesticides and fungicides, before they are put in the ground. While the wheat is sprouting it is common to repeat the process of dousing with preservatives and fungicides. When the wheat is harvested, it is put in bins and you guessed it, again treated with pesticides and chemicals.
Almost everyone these days has heard of gluten a major component of modern wheat. It has been estimated that one percent of the population has celiac disease and that as many as thirty percent may be sensitive to gluten in some manner. In a person with celiac disease, the villi of the small intestines are compromised which can cause a nightmare of difficult to diagnose symptoms. These symptoms can be even more difficult to live with. Even sensitivities can cause severe digestive problems as well as other disabling symptoms.
Wheat can also cause rapid blood sugar spikes. Like sugars, this can lead to various forms of obesity as well as digestive and other problems. There has also been a connection established with wheat and certain mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Several things are for certain. Our modern wheat is not the same as ancient wheat. Wheat is repeatedly treated with harsh or toxic chemicals. Is it any wonder that so many diets and nutritionists suggest removing wheat from the diet? Wheat is also believed to cause inflammation in the body. Wheat is one of the most common food allergens. If you get tested at an allergist for food sensitivities, wheat is one of the primary suspects.
It is also a fact that many people experience many positive results from removing wheat from their diets. These include weight loss, improvement or elimination of allergies, digestive problems and more. For all of the above reasons and more, wheat cannot be a part of the Paleo diet. It produces too many negative effects to be considered a healthy food. If one is struggling with obesity, allergies, digestive problems and other chronic illnesses, it would certainly be a good idea to remove modern wheat and other grains from their diet.
The Paleo diet guidelines removes grains, soy, legumes and any foods that have proved to be inflammatory in nature when consumed.
Prominent Paleo People
This will be an ongoing post dedicated to Paleo professionals. (That’s enough p’s for awhile). With all the hype and misinformation about the Paleo diet, these people are examples of what the Paleo diet is really about. Many of the prominent Paleo experts are scientists, doctors, and people that have themselves experienced the effects of poor diet, and have helped others with similar problems. If you would like to see a PPP featured,please write to us via our contact page.
Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Dr. Cordain is widely recognized as one of if not the leading expert on the Paleo diet. He holds a Ph.D i n
health from the University of Utah, a masters in physical education from the University of Nevada, a bachelor of health sciences from Pacific University.He was a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. His research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people has appeared in top scientific journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,the British Journal of Nutrition and others. He is the author of more than 100 research articles and the author of the popular best selling book “The Paleo Diet” as well as “The Paleo Diet for Athletes” and others. He has been featured in the New York Times, Datline NBC, and the Wall Street Journal.Dr. Loren Cordain is the recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into understanding optimal human nutrition. Dr. Cordain believes in the 85:15 rule for the Pale diet. Meaning that most people should follow the Paleo diet guidelines 85% of the time with 15% of the time for “cheating”. This is an important concept for dieters that want to reach their body goals without following a diet that is so strict that it is doomed to fail. He believes most people should give the Paleo diet a good four week trial to experience the results. This is only a short biography and barely touches upon the achievements of Dr. Cordain. You can find out more by visiting his Paleo dedicated website at thepaleodiet.com
Robb was a research biochemist, and a student of Dr. Loren Cordain. He has served as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program, a former California State Powerlifting Champion, and the author of the best selling book The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet. He coaches athletes at the highest levels of competition and consults with Olympians and world champions. He is accredited to changing the lives of thousands of people through his writing, his website, podcasts and other media. Robb has a very likable, informed yet familiar writing style that makes it a pleasure to read what would otherwise be perhaps difficult scientific material on diet and fitness. This “average guy” style has made Robb one of the most popular spokespersons for the Paleo diet and fitness. You can find out more about Robb and the Paleo diet at his website at Robbwolf.com
Diane Sanfilippo, BS NC
Diane is a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Paleo nutrition, food allergies and intolerances blood sugar regulation, and digestive health. She is the owner founder of Balanced Bites, Certified Nutrition Consultant and a New York Times Best-Selling author of Practical Paleo. Diane holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a Holistic Nutrition Consultant Certification from Bauman College in Berkeley, CA, a CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification, and a Poliquin BioSignature Modulation Certification. She is Member:Weston A. Price Foundation
Nutrition & Metabolism Society.
Diane specializes in in helping people with digestive and other disorders including removing sugar from the diet. She is also the author of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook: All of Dianes books are considered masterpieces of practical recipes for optimal health. She is also the coauthor of many best selling books including Eat theYolks.
Danielle is a New York Times best selling author and owner of the award winning gluten free blog, againstallgrain.com. Her book Against All Grain is widely acclaimed. Danielle knows what it is like to suffer from autoimmune disorders. She took it upon herself to remove all grains, legumes etc from her diet at age 22. Her personal story and suffering was an inspiration to many others. This combination of her own personal reaction to certain foods, plus her talent for cooking and writing make her a favorite in the Paleo community. Her recipes are regarded as some of the best and make an excellent resource for anyone with autoimmune disorders or anyone interested in the Paleo diet.
Neely Quinn, Nutrition Therapist
Neely Quinn is a Certified Integrative Clinical Nutrition Therapist in Colorado. She is a blogger a contributor the Paleo plan as well as a personal Paleo coach. Neely is no stranger to the effects of diet and autoimmune response. She experienced problems like breathing difficulties, constant dizziness, digestive problems as well as a struggle with body fat. She loves her work and helping others with diet and nutrition. You can read more about Neely at Paleoplan.com
More to come……
As you can see, there are many professional people that are passionate about the Paleo diet. We will be featuring others in the near future to help with the understanding of the Paleo diet. Many of these professionals are health and fitness professionals, many have fought their own diet related battles and all of them are passionate about the benefits of the Paleo diet.
Paleo salad dressing options.
I love salads, and there is no substitute for the nutrients, fibers and phytonutrients we get from fresh greens. One of the earliest glitches in my Paleo journey was coming up with good Paleo salad dressing options.
The problem with salad dressings and Paleo is that they often contain things that are not Paleo friendly including vegetable oils, soy, dairy products,wheat and lots and lots of preservatives. Fortunately there are a number of good homemade Paleo salad dressing possibilities.
The biggest dilemma comes when you are a fan of the creamy dressings such as caeser and ranch.
The oil based dressings are not as difficult . For example you can make a Paleo Italian dressing like this
Paleo Italian Salad Dressing
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar such as Bragg
1 TBSP garlic
1 TBSP oregano
1/4 cup raw honey
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Paleo Raspberry Salad Dressing
1/2 c fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 c olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
4 T raw honey
This should be mixed together nicely in a blender
You can also use any combination of olive oil, mustards, vinegar to make traditional vinegar type dressings. As I mentioned, it is when you are looking for creamy Paleo salad dressings that you have to be more creative. Many of these creamy recipes require that you make a Paleo friendly mayo as a base.
The usual Paleo mayo includes the following ingredients
3/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 TBSP flax meal (or ground flax seeds)
3 TBSP water
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp raw honey
Once you have this mayo base you can make great Paleo salad dressing such as Creamy Italian.
Paleo Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
Add the following to your Paleo mayo as above
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP water
3/4 tsp honey
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
3/8 tsp garlic granules
3/4 tsp onion granules
1/2 TBSP oregano
3/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp basil
pinch dried thyme
You can find hundreds of delicious Paleo salad dressings by a simple search on Pinterest. Take a Look !
You can also find some great suggestions by searching the forums at Paleohacks.com
There are also premade, store bought salad dressing available. You should check the ingredients to be sure that these comply with your own Paleo diet guidelines. However most are dairy, added sugar, and preservative free. Some will contain soy and other products that may not be Paleo friendly, so all in all, you are better off making your own Paleo salad dressings.
Creamy Avocado Paleo Friendly Salad Dressing
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
3-4 Tbsp fresh lime juice
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp organic Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 c filtered water
Fresh black pepper
Creamy Cucumber Paleo salad dressing
2 cucumbers, chopped
1 cup Paleo Mayo
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp fresh chopped green onion
Its always great to add fresh fruits and nuts to your salad and this is totally Paleo. As mentioned the things you dont want in your Paleo salad dressing are wheat products, soy, dairy, added sugars, preservatives. And anything else you just dont want in your diet. Unfortunately store bought salad dressings are loaded with tacky ingredients. They are certainly nothing you want to eat on a regular basis. You may however find certain brands are healthier than others and you may decide to use them on occasion. I have Paleo friends that do on occasion use Bragg Organic, however it does contain soy proteins.
There are hundreds of choices of Paleo friendly salad dressings you can make easily at home, so be sure to include the nutrition of fresh salads in your Paleo meal plans.
One of the essentials for starting the Paleo diet, is a good Paleo food list or even better, a personal Paleo shopping list. Any good guide to Paleo should contain a Paleo shopping list to make preparation of Paleo meal plans easier. Most of the better guides to Paleo will include a Paleo shopping list, and there is a very useful Paleo shopping list included with the Paleohacks Cookbook package. The one included with Paleohacks Cookbook is more than just a paleo shopping list as it also contains valuable information on the best seasons and times to purchase fresh produce and other useful information.
Of course you could start out with a basic knowledge of Paleo foods and still find your way around your local market. Once you understand the basic principles of Paleo, making a Paleo shopping list can be done fairly easily. Nevertheless, having a good Paleo shopping list and list of Paleo foods will be of great value to you when you are first starting out.
There are some basic cooking essentials that you will want to pick up. This includes oils, substitute flours and even spices that are Paleo friendly. You will want to include good sources of protein and nutrition, some ingredients for snacks, fresh fruits and possibly a dessert or two. The idea here is to purchase your favorite meats and vegetables as well as the baking needs to create delicious Paleo baked goods. I have seen many Paleo shopping lists online but one should look them over well. It doesnt make sense to purchase foods that you or your family doesnt enjoy. Here is a very basic Paleo shopping list.
Meats and Seafood
- grass fed beef if possible
- ground beef
- pork cuts
- better quality lunch meats
- Cheeses and yogurts if your Paleo diet permits
- mixed vegetables
- sweet potatoes
- salad greens
Try to buy organic and fresh if possible, however better quality frozen foods can be consumed as well.
Flours and cooking needs
- almond flour
- coconut oil
- coconut water
- Olive oil
- apple cider vinegar
- lemon juice
In addition to basics like these, you will also want some non food esssentials such as aluminum foil, plastic containers or bags
I would like to point out that I dont want to list all of the foods and essentials for your personal Paleo shopping list for many reasons. For a more detailed list of Paleo foods to buy, please see our more complete Paleo food list. You can get it here. This is a much more detailed Paleo food list that you can use as a checklist for your Paleo shopping list. It can be downloaded or printed. You can search for foods you are interested in. We hope that it will be useful as a list of ingredients for your meal planning.
As I mentioned, everyones shopping list is personal. There is no point in posting a catchall Paleo shopping list as it is highly personal and there is no point in wasting time or money. Beware of websites posting definitive shopping lists, as you dont want to waste money. It is better to start off with a smaller Paleo shopping list until you become more acquainted with Paleo meal plans and your personal needs.
In addition to the staples of any Paleo grocery list, there are a number of premade Paleo goodies that you might want to add to your food list. These items come in handy for Paleo fast food, a party or other occasions. We have a post on Paleo fast food that will give you an idea of some of the better premade Paleo goodies. You can read these suggestions or print them here…… Im sure you will find something tempting to add to your Paleo foods list.
I hope that you search our site and read the various posts on Paleo foods, the Paleo food list as well as Paleo snack foods and treats. Im sure it will help you put together a personal Paleo shopping list for you to get started with Paleo.
The other important consideration with any shopping list is recipes. This is another reason why the best Paleo shopping list should be a part of a Paleo cookbook or Paleo guide with recipes. If you start trying a lot of recipes, there will be particular items that you will need on your list. A good Paleo shopping list is one of the free bonuses with Paleohacks Cookbook. This is included to make the package your one stop guide to Paleo.
Its a fact. At some point every caveman or cavewoman must take to the open road. This presents a little challenge when it comes to sticking to your Paleo food guidelines. However its not as difficult as it seems and usually just requires a little preparation if you have time. There are times however that requires us to pack up and go quickly allowing us very little time for preparation. Have no fear, Paleo on the go is not a big problem.
There are a number of reasons why someone may need Paleo on the go. A vacation is one example. This is one of the least difficult since usually there is plenty of time to prepare. Sometimes our business or jobs require us to pack up quickly and this too is a scenario for Paleo on the go. There are even more unusual unforseen reasons for hasty departures.
I had just started my Paleo lifestyle a couple of years ago. Things were going well and I was losing weight, feeling great and getting my food routine down to a science. This was about to change as my fathers health began to fail. After dozens of medical appointments it became necessary for him to see a specialist in the big city. Of course this was a bit of a stressful situation and I was concentrating on all the things I needed to do to get him to the doctor. It was right before I needed to leave that I realized that my Paleo lifestyle was being challenged. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well I did. I would say that my Paleo on the go experience stayed true to my guidelines over 90% of the time. Thats the great thing about Paleo. If you are following Paleo over 90%, you are doing just fine. I should mention that if you are following Paleo to improve or eliminate a health problem, you will want to stay Paleo 100% of the time. But for me and my goals, 90% of the time was fine, and it will probably be fine for most of you as well. If you do need 100% Paleo on the run, that too can be done without too much difficulty.
Be prepared. This is such a great motto. Being prepared can save you from so many troubles. This is certainly true with your Paleo diet as well. If you have leftovers, this helps a lot. Many times I will have left over chicken and I will put them in a cooler for my trip. Left over pieces of steak or london broil also work well and can be added to a salad or vegetables later on for a tasty meal. Fish or tuna fish also work well in this manner. If you love sandwiches you will learn to bake your own Paleo friendly breads and wraps and you can even purchase them ready made now at local health or whole food stores. So a tasty chicken salad sandwich on the go is definitely possible for Paleo on the go. In fact, i enjoy them on a regular basis.
You should always figure on fruits and nuts. Bananas are great to have on a trip as they are filling and give you energy. You can make or buy your own trail mixes for travel by combining your favorites and packaging them up for the trip.
But what about when you cant prepare? Fortunately there are a lot of good Paleo fast food options out there. Be sure to check our post on Paleo fast food. This article tells you quite a bit about what you can order at the usual fast food chains. Wendys in particular has a lot of good options for Paleo on the go. Its true that you will have to settle for quality to some degree, but you certainly dont have to abandon your Paleo guidelines or starve. You can actually find something Paleo at just about any of the fast food chains. In a worst case scenario, you could buy a burger and a salad and combine them for a Paleo meal. You will want to be careful with the sauces and such. It is true that many of these foods contain preservatives that you ordinarily would not want in your diet, but in an emergency, these foods will do.
Speaking of ready made, the above article also has a nice list of pre made Paleo treats that are readily available. There are protein bars such as Larabars, and even Paleo cookies that are great for Paleo on the go. Be sure to check here for some great ideas for Paleo on the road.
The above snacks and meals are easily assembled for your trip. This leaves only the bigger meals for consideration. The nice thing about that is that most better restaurants offer something that is Paleo friendly. On that particular trip with my father, I ate the sandwiches, meats, and snacks that I had brought along, and then treated myself to a good dinner at night or as a late lunch. Theh first night I chose a highly rated restaurant and ordered a surf and turf combo of salmon and steak. I enjoyed a favorite salad, the fish and steak, chose two of my favorite vegetables and was quite satisfied. I also allowed myself a glass of wine with the meal.
So all in all with my unexpected trip, I did fine. I actually ate pretty much Paleo the entire time. I said 90% to allow for the fact that I did eat some fast foods that probably contained preservatives. I allowed myself the wine, and Im sure some of the meats I ate were not grass fed by any means. But all in all, I avoided grains and other foods that dont agree with me, and stuck to my basic Paleo guidelines.
So all in all, be prepared if you can. Bring the good stuff with you. Improvise at the fast food stops, and treat yourself to a great dinner or luncheon. It may be a smalll challenge, but Paleo on the go is not that difficult at all. There are also some great foods for Paleo on the go in the Paleohacks Cookbook and especially the bonus book Paleo 4x.
As you learn about the Paleo diet and read journals and articles by some of the best experts on the subject, it becomes clear that weight loss isnt the main reason so many people try Paleo. As you read the best paleo cookbooks and read the stories of the authors such as Robb Wolf, Danielle Walker, Melissa Joulwon and countless others, you will realize that weight loss was not the main reason that so many became so involved with the Paleo diet.
All of the above authors and many more became interested in Paleo mainly due to personal health problems. Many of those problems are digestive problems. In many cases these problems became so severe and critical that it prompted these people to devote a good portion of their lives to finding the cause of these terrible problems. This doesnt only relate to Paleo, as there are so many other diets that are geared towards correcting serious digestive and other health conditions. Most of us are familar with Celiac disease and “gluten free”. In fact the problem is so prevalent that it is probably a good bet that someone you know suffers from these disorders. Gluten of course is a component of wheat, but there are other food substances that also cause equallly severe problems. Its not unusual for someone to discover that omitting wheat puts an end to years of terrible symptoms. Its also not unusual for these people to also discover that it is not wheat alone that is making them sick.
Robb Wolfs website is loaded with testimonials. There are testimonials regarding digestive problems like Ulcerative Colitis, diabetes, RA, Asthma and hundreds of other afflictions. In addition to these are of course testimonials to various fat loss cases. Robb Wolfs own story of his battle with Ulcerative Colitis is certainly worthy of your attention. His battle was severe and resulted in operations on his intestines and years of nightmarish illness.
Why do so many have such terrible afflictions related to their diets? The answer lies in the body’s autoimmune response, allergy and inflammation. If you were to take a distant look at all of this without medical expertise, you would probably come to the conclusion that a good percentage of people cannot eat certain foods. These foods in one way or another if consumed will cause one or many health disorders. The answer for these people is usually not medication, but rather a change in diet. Whether its Paleo, gluten free, wheat free, FODMAPS, these changes of diet are enough to control if not eliminate these disorders.
Many of these disorders at least begin with a digestive disorder. Many people experience symptoms of “leaky gut” or colitis or crohn’s disease or even stomach ulcers or gastritis. It may be severe, or relatively simple, but chronic. Without proper digestion, other health issues begin to surface. With gluten, the villi of the intestines are damaged and the proper nutrients are not absorbed by the body. This person then will develop symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Consuming foods that arent tolerated by your body will also produce a state of inflammation in the body. Put all of this together and eventually chances are good that you will become very ill.
Many of the healthier diets will help with these disorders. For some, being wheat free is enough to restore their health. Others however discover that there is more than one antagonist. Some of the most common are wheat, soy, beans and others. The Paleo diet eliminates all of the most common allergens. As these foods are removed, the autoimmune responses and inflammation stops and health returns.
So you may be trying the Paleo diet to lose a few pounds, but you may gain a whole lot more. You may notice less problems with digestion, allergies, chronic headaches, breathing and much more. If you are suffering with chronic problems like this and have checked with your doctor, a diet such as Paleo may be the answer.
By starting the Paleo diet on your own, you may lose body fat, and put an end to chronic health problems. At the same time you may be decreasing your chances for serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease. All this from a diet that lets you eat delicious meals, whenever you are hungry.