What All Paleo Meals Should Have

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One of the greatest things about the Paleo approach is how freeing it can be. There’s no counting points, you don’t really have to watch carbs, and you certainly don’t have to starve yourself.

Unlike so many of the other diets and healthy eating approaches that demand a major transition, going Paleo is simple and easy. But most importantly eating Paleo can be fun! You just need to make sure every meal is built properly.

So, what elements should all Paleo meals have?

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Sugar on The Paleo Diet

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There is a growing association in the minds of some folks between the “I Quit Sugar” program and the Paleo diet.

While it’s certainly true that following either diets will have similar results regarding sugar consumption. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re the same. The I Quit Sugar program has one key goal – quitting sugar. The Paleo diet, however, is a much broader dietary approach where one of the many resulting outcomes is the reduction or outright elimination of sugar. The two diets are definitely not the same.

That said, one thing that turns off many people from the Paleo diet is the concern that they won’t be able to ditch the sugar.

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Is the Paleo Diet a Low Carb Diet?

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In recent years, low carb and even very low carb diets have become more and more prominent in the diet world. However, as always, debate continues to rage over what constitutes a low carb diet and what doesn’t.

One of the most common questions asked about the Paleo diet is whether it is a low carb diet, and if that’s why it works so well. Although there are certainly similarities, is the Paleo diet is just another of the many low carb diets being pushed today?

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Why Should We Eat Like Our Ancestors?

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The Paleo diet is anchored on the core concept that our bodies are not properly prepared to deal with today’s modern food types. Proponents argue that our nutrition should come from a diet that closely mirrors that of our ancestors. The rational is that modern developments in processed foods have quickly outpaced our bodies’ natural ability to evolve with the changes. The Paleo diet recommends foods that are in line with what our ancestors ate, and clearly spells out the foods that we should categorically avoid.

So why exactly should we be eating like our ancestors?

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The Paleo Diet and Vegetarians

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At first glance, it’s easy to see why many people would immediately write off the Paleo diet as unsuitable for vegetarians. It is, after all, a diet that focuses on protein and fat intake (read: meat and more meat) combined with a balanced carbohydrate intake based on activity level. However, with a few alterations here and there, there is no reason that vegetarians can’t follow a modified version of the Paleo diet.

The important thing is to strike the right balance between what your body needs to function and what you use to fuel it.

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the considerations vegetarians need to keep in mind when planning for a Paleo diet.

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Raw or Cooked? Which is Healthier?

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In today’s world of multiple diets and dietary extremes, everyone wants clear and definitive answers to what are often complicated questions. Consequently, there are often polarizing views on a variety of topics where the truth often appears to reside in the middle ground.

One common topic is the debate between raw vs. cooked food.

Raw food advocates maintain that cooking foods (or at least heating them above certain temperatures) denatures them and goes against our own natural behavior as humans. Conversely, those who advocate for cooking food argue that the cooking process changes foods chemically in ways that help the digestion process.

So which is true?

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The Case for Eating Several Smaller Meals Per Day

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Most of us grew up with 3 square meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, the last few years have seen this conventional wisdom being challenged.

There are some folks who suggest spreading total volume of food across 5-6 smaller meals each day. The claims are that it’s a more efficient way of keeping track of total food intake, can help with weight (fat) loss, and is better for your body overall.

So, just how accurate are all of these claims? Let’s have a look at them in a bit more detail.

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Are You Getting Enough Fruits and Vegetables Every Day?

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Most of us grew up listening to our parents and teachers telling us that we should be eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Advertising has even used the slogan “One of your 5 a day” for branded foodstuffs often being slapped on an item that can’t realistically be considered either a fruit or vegetable.

Yet, in adulthood, we often forget our childhood lessons. Not many folks doubt that fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re actually eating enough of them.

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A Guide to the Best and Worst Oils for Cooking

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Choosing the right kind of cooking oil can be troublesome, particularly for people looking to eat healthy.

There are numerous oils to choose from, and a ton of conflicting advice on choosing cooking oils, so it can be especially hard to figure things out. While opinion is split around some cooking oils there are several great oils who’s benefits are inarguable, as well as some not-so-great oils that you’d do best to avoid.

Let’s have a look at some of the best and worst oils for cooking.

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Reasons to Eat Local and Seasonal Foods

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We’re often told that eating seasonally is good thing to do, however we’re not often told why.

Take a look at any restaurant menu and they’ll proudly boast about their “Seasonal Fruits” dessert, or go in to any grocery store and check out their seasonal greens. Native, seasonal foods are all about, but so many folks don’t understand why it’s important and why we should care. When choosing foods, there are generally three essential factors that influence our decision to select one food over another: cost, taste, and health benefits.

Let’s look at these factors with respect to local, seasonal foods.

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