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The Paleo diet is considered a lifestyle as opposed to a diet. It requires an understanding of what makes us fatter and unhealthy and making changes that we can live with for the rest of our lives, rather than an extreme plan to lose x number of pounds in a short time (and then returning to being overweight).
There is no doubt about it, anything worthwhile requires effort. This is definitely true of having a healthy and attractive body. In our modern world, we like things to be easy. When it comes to eating, this is especially true. Most of the time, most of us would rather reach for a prepared food, rather than prepare something. I personally know people that always eat at fast food restaurants. They do not like to cook, or dont like the time and work involved, so they choose a fast food burger over a home cooked meal. In defense of these people, many people have stressed filled jobs that require much of our time and energy, so it is not unreasonable to look for quicker meals.
There is another side of this however. Many of us have been spoiled by technology and are just getting lazier. Im sorry if that offends anyone, but I think we all know it is true. We prefer to sit than to take a walk. Many prefer to shop online rather than walk at a mall. All of this has a profound effect on our body fat, as well as our overall health. To change our bodies and our lives is just too inconvenient. Since it requires some work to make any of these changes, far too often we take the easy way out.
When it comes to dieting, many people are just giving up. They dont want to count calories, think about the types of food they are eating, and many are certainly not ready to exercise on a regular basis. There are of course legitimate health reasons for this apathy, but for the most part, we know we are too lazy to give it a try. It personally took me a long time to make a change that I could tolerate. I was certainly not interested in counting calories, weighing my food or anything of that nature So you basically, just give up. You dont try. And you know on the other hand that you have to.
You should be concerned with the foods you eat. Some make you healthy, and some make you unhealthy. In most cases, eating at fast food restaurants will make you overweight and unhealthy. The two most important things to your body and mind, is what you eat, and how often you exercise. There is no doubt that these things are of the utmost importance. When you are doing these things, you are doing what the body was designed to do.It is more convenient to think of a pill that will fix us. Sitting in a leather recliner does not do us any good, generally speaking.
One great thing about Paleo is that it does require less than many diets. With Paleo, you do not have to count your calories or weigh your food. And you can eat great foods whenever you are hungry. It does not require a lot of complicated recipes or baking, unless you want to. Most people can start Paleo simply by concentrating on a number of foods, while ignoring the rest. There are thousands of great quick Paleo recipes that easy to prepare. You do not have to bake, but baking will give you more variety in your meals. It is however, totally optional. With Paleo you are also under less pressure. You can eat Paleo 80% of the time and still see results. You can eat many ready to eat foods such as nuts and fruits.Many people start the Paleo diet, by simply eating the right foods that they already have at home. Your local supermarket is loaded with ready to eat Paleo foods.
Exercise is an important part of any change for the better. It works with your diet to achieve the goals you are looking for. The good news here is that with Paleo you can exercise briskly just a few minutes at a time. You do not have to sweat for hours with cardio. Most Paleo experts agree that short high intensity exercises are the most effective.
What we dont see immediately is that if we dont change our lifestyles, we may be in for much more inconvenience. It is more inconvenient to drive to the doctors office constantly. It is incovenient to try to find clothes that disguise our flabby bodies. It is definitely more inconvenient to lay in a hospital bed. Its very inconvenient to pay all these medical bills. It is inconvenient to take medications that could very easily compromise other parts of your health. It is extremely inconvenient to our loved ones to have us die at an early age.
So whatever you do to change your life for the better, look for a more convenient way to implement changes in your everyday life, rather than look for a quick easy fix. In the long run, it is much more convenient to enjoy your life and live a long and healthy life.
As parents, we want our children to have the best of everything, and that includes the healthiest foods. Of course it is always a good idea to work with your pediatrician. Why do children need Paleo? For the same reasons adults do and maybe more.
Children face many of the same allergy and health problems that we face as adults. In many cases their problems are more severe. Many children have allergies some of which are life threatening, asthma as well as sometimes unexplained behavioral problems. Many of these issues can be related to diet. Once again, many of the allergens involved are wheat, dairy, peanut and others. Not only are these the same allergens that haunt many adults, they are proteins that are avoided on the Paleo diet.
As the child becomes older he is also introduced to increased sugars and preservatives and other food additives. One only has to look at popular childrens breakfast cereals to get an idea of the types of harmful ingredients that are marketed towards our children. Its bad enough that these foods contain so many allergens, then they are loaded with food coloring, sugars, until they are in effect no better than the worst candies or treats. It is safe to say that children get more than their share of allergens, sugars, and preservatives. Is it any wonder that they have so many health problems? Is it any wonder that so many of our children are obese?
Quite a number of people have discovered the Paleo diet for both themselves, and their children. Many times in learning about Paleo and feeling the benefits, adults make the decision to improve their childrens diets as well. And for the most part, it seems to be pretty succesful. There are hundreds of stories online (truthful ones) about how the Paleo diet has helped children feel healthier. There are accounts of allergies improving or dissapearing, and even difficult behavioral problems that have improved with the Paleo diet. If one searches for “paleo for children” you will find many of these accounts.
What does a Paleo child eat? After the first couple years, a Paleo child pretty much eats what an adult eats. Mainly, meats, vegetables and some fruits. A Paleo child also avoids wheat and other grains, peanuts (which are a bean), dairy, legumes and avoids excess sugars and preservatives. But how does one encourage a child to avoid cakes and candies. Of course the earlier the better. But just because a child is Paleo does not mean he cant enjoy treats. A Paleo child can also enjoy breads, as long as they are prepared with different flours. Cookies and cakes are also possible using Paleo friendly ingredients.
In addition to the online resources for Paleo children there are a number of good books available for Paleo children.
Eat Like a Dinosaur by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry is a popular introduction to the Paleo diet for children. The authors are the webmasters behind Paleoparents.com and have been featured on many radio and television shows. The idea is to make Paleo and allergy free diet more appealing to children.
Paleo Kids Snacks is part of a Paleo kids series by Elle Jean Pierre. It is available at Amazon as a Kindle book.
90 Lunch box recipes features healthy gluten free, dairy free and Paleo recipes for your childrens lunch boxes.
Again it is always advisable to work with your family pediatrician. Many people start a Paleo diet for children simply by eliminating an allergen or two at a time and being aware of the results. It is always a good idea to limit sugar and the abundance of preservatives in packaged foods.
As mentioned in another post, coconuts have been around for a very long time and are considered Paleo friendly. They are also one of the hottest commodities of our time.
I happen to love real coconuts, the meat, and the water. But I was a bit naive to the coconut frenzy until I discovered it by accident. Somehow I missed all the ads and articles. How big is the coconut water business? One famous company reportedly made only $100,000 about seven years ago. In 2013, they made of $80 million. Once I discovered the waters, I noticed that one of my local stores carried over twelve types of coconut water. But I was unaware of this. One day while driving, I felt a bit ill, and very thirsty. I went into a local quick stop and my eyes fell on a bottle of coconut water. I enjoyed it right from the start. Its very sweet and for the lack of a better word, comforting. Some of the better coconut waters also contain bits of the coconut meat as well. So as I drove around sipping coconut water I noticed that I felt much better. I felt refreshed and my stomach felt less queasy. I was sold. I now drink them on a regular basis and I look forward to them like a treat.
The alleged benefits
Its true that coconut water is low in calories and has more potassium than multiple bananas. Its a great source of electrolytes for hydration. This is one of the main reasons that many athletes are raving over coconut water. It is also a good source of magnesium and B vitamins. In fact the coconut is chock full of important nutrients.
Then there are the more debatable claims such as anti ageing, improved digestion, reduction of kidney stones, aids in weight loss, the reduction of inflammation, skin hydration, stress reduction and the list goes on and on. I must say that there is very little research yet, to back up many of these claims so let the buyer beware. That being said, for me personally, it really does improve my digestion. In fact I can be ill with a stomach bug, drink coconut water and feel much better. I also must testify that it does make me feel better and feel healthier. In fact, it is my drink of choice on many different occasions. Please note, I sell no coconut water on this website and I am not affiliated with coconut water in any way. But I probably should be.
Another thing the buyer should be aware of, is that all coconut waters are not created equal. Many contain unwanted added sugars and chemicals. Some are made in a way that degrades some of the very benefits of this water. If you want the healthie
st coconut water, you should look for organic coconut waters. Avoid any that contain unwanted ingredients and you will be fine. The brands you see the most are not necessarily the best.
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.