The Paleo diet is considered one of the healthiest ways you can eat because you eat like we used to back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you is the methodology behind it. This means anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds.
And with research from many disciplines indicating that our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and processed sugar, is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility, then the case for eating a paleo diet has some value.
The majority of Paleo meals generally look something like this:RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
• Lean protein such as chicken, lean beef, turkey, pork loin or seafood
• Several servings of vegetables, either raw, steamed, or lightly cooked
• Finally, round out the meal with good fats from avocado, coconut oil, butter, olive oil or a handful of unsalted nuts such as almonds, pecans, macadamias or walnuts.
Here are 7 paelo diet foods that not only benefit those who follow a paleo diet, but anyone that is looking to eat a healthy nutritious diet
1 – Bone Broth
Bone broth is one of the most underrated foods. The cooking process breaks down bones and connective tissues – including proteins, minerals and fat – that contain essential nutrients that the body just loves.
When you eat animal or fish bone broth, you are feeding the body with collagen, which is an essential building block of cells, bones, ligaments, cartilage and the brain. Making bone broth is excellent for people with food sensitivities and gastrointestinal disorders because it is usually very safe and tolerable for the body.
Other nutrients include, bone marrow, which helps the immune system by carrying oxygen to cells in the body. Minerals such as calcium and phosphorus are essential for maintaining healthy bones and generating energy.
2 – Dark Chocolate
Raw Cacao offers several health benefits: Rich source of iron, dietary fiber, calcium, zinc, potassium and antioxidants, stimulates the secretion of endorphins, contains phenylethylamine, another mood booster, contains the antioxidant flavonoids, which promote cardiovascular health and help improve circulation, regular heartbeat and blood pressure and it’s a rich source of magnesium, which helps in balancing brain chemistry, just to name a few.
This isn’t a free pass to go to town on overly-sweetened chocolate candy.
Moderation is key here. Have just a few squares a day of at least 80 percent pure dark chocolate, and get all the benefits this delicious super food has to offer!
3 – Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, nature’s most potent source of lauric acid, has long been noted for it’s high levels of heart healthy MCTs, which is a specific type of fat that also happens to be very antimicrobial and anti-viral. A welcomed boost for your immune system.
The lauric acid found in coconut oil is also highly concentrated in breast milk, and acts as one of the main support mechanisms for the babies immune system..
4 – Cherries
With all the talk about the benefits of berries, this delicious fruit sometimes gets missed out and like berries, it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Cherries are also a great source of Potassium, which is essential for heart and muscle function, as well as normal digestion
5 – Organs
The organs of any animal or fish are considered a powerhouse, loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds vital to health. Many traditional cultures and their medicine men believe that eating the organs from a healthy animal supports the organs of the eater and is a way of honouring the animal for its death.
6 – Seaweed
From Chlorella to Spirulina, these wonder foods serve up a multitude of benefits including, increased energy, enhanced brain function, nourishment for the nervous system, improved memory and concentration, increased muscle mass and faster healing. A nutrient-dense superfood that contains proteins (including all the essential amino acids), and various vitamins and minerals, this is a must addition for any smoothie or juice.
7 – Eggs
Eggs are a food that exude quality!
Naturally fed eggs are full of Vitamin D and Omega-3 fats, and amino acids. A powerful combination that supports just about every important function in the human body from hormone production, to having healthy hair and skin. Besides, all of the vitamins this super food provides, it also give you one of the most bio-available, or “usable” proteins available.
The dark-orange yolk is where a large portion of the eggs precious vitamins are, so be sure and eat the whole egg not just the egg whites.