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The Hunter-Gatherer at the Grocery Store

Imagine the hunter-gatherer at the grocery store with all the brightly-packaged processed items ready and waiting. He flies by, pushing his cart like a ravenous hunter. His digestive system—just like yours, remember—spurs him to flock directly to the real foods.


On his mad grocery shopping adventure, he finds:

1. Grass-fed meats
2. Fish and seafood
3. Fresh vegetables
4. Fresh fruits
5. Nuts
6. Eggs.
7. Seeds.
8. Olive oil, Walnut Oil, Flaxseed oil, Avocado Oil, and Coconut Oil.

He walks directly past:

1. Grains like bread and pastas
2. Legumes like beans and peanuts
3. Sugar
4. Dairy
5. All refined vegetable oil
6. Potatoes
7. All candy and processed foods

Nearly all meats and fish are on the Paleo diet—especially the grass-fed, natural variety; however, it’s important to stay away from high-fat, processed meats like hot dogs and spam. Look to: chicken, turkey, lamb, bass, halibut, sardines, tuna, salmon, and even shark. These elements are rich with all thirteen protein-amino acids that formulate muscles in your body; they are further lacking in carbohydrates.

Furthermore, nearly all vegetables can be found on the Paleo diet. However, many vegetables you think are “healthy” may be far too starchy for proper Paleo eating. Generally speaking, squashes and potatoes have low nutritional value and super-high sugar and carbohydrate numbers. Look to: asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, zucchini, all peppers, eggplant, and so many other delicious, colorful flavors! Some starchy vegetables are okay in moderation, such as sweet potatoes, acorn squash, and beets.

When looking to healthy fats, it’s best to utilize natural oils and fats from coconuts, olives, macadamias, avocadoes, and walnuts. Some of the best Paleo nuts to snack on are cashews, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. Remember that peanuts are legumes, and legumes aren’t Paleo for many reasons. 

For one, legumes are rich in something called phytate, which limits the available nutrients your body can absorb. (What’s the point of gnashing on the calories if you can’t reap the rewards of the nutrients?) Legumes also contain proteins called lectin, which tend to de-rail the gut lining. Furthermore, peanuts are susceptible to a contamination with aflatoxin, a type of poison. Good bye, Jif Peanut Butter. We had a good run. You’ll destroy my diet and my gut lining no longer!

Of course, the questions regarding what the hunter-gatherer cannot eat on the Paleo program are wild and ravenous. Look to the following chapters for better understanding of what the modern-day diet is doing to the human body. Discover how we were meant to live, and reach your prime level of health via the Paleo Diet.
Look to the following chapter to learn about the GLORIES of fat—even that “scary” variety, saturated.
Understand where to find good varieties of fat and the difference between HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

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