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Living Paleo For Dummies

By: Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci Published: 12-26-2012

A fun and practical guide for adopting Paleo diet principles into your daily life

The human body survived for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs, and nuts. Humans were thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural and processed foods to our bodies. The Paleo movement is one of today's hottest diet and healthy-eating approaches. Its appeal comes from the fact that it is a sustainable alternative to more restrictive diets that often lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. The Paleo diet is about using natural foods to achieve great health and a perfect physique.

Living Paleo For Dummies shows you how to adopt the Paleo lifestyle and improve your health and longevity. Offering more than 40 recipes for every meal of the day, and providing tips for getting around common roadblocks such as eating out, this essential guide to adopting a primal diet also provides the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry, and anthropology to help you look, feel, and perform your best.

  • The details of eating the foods that our bodies were designed to eat
  • A complete introductory plan to kick start the Paleo journey
  • Tricks to save on the food bill while adhering to a primal meal plan

Living Paleo For Dummies is for anyone looking for a fun and informative guide that simplifies the complexities of the Paleo Diet while outlining and explaining the science behind the benefits.

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Living Paleo For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 04-08-2022

Living Paleo means eating all-natural, real foods that support steady blood sugar levels and eliminate inflammation inside the body. Living Paleo also means knowing how to estimate the right amount of food for your needs, stocking your kitchen with Paleo-friendly foods, and cooking healthful meals at home. Not sure how to make the switch to living Paleo? Use these tips to get started.

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Recipe for Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Article / Updated 08-18-2021

With some ingredient substitution and lots of vegetables, translating old favorites into your new Paleo lifestyle is easy. This twist on traditional spaghetti and meatballs enables you to enjoy a family favorite the Paleo way. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Yield: 4 servings 1 large spaghetti squash 3 tablespoons water 3/4 pound ground beef 1/4 pound ground pork 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced 1 large egg 1 clove plus 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon coconut oil One 28-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes 8 large basil leaves, slivered Salt and ground black pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds with a large spoon. Place squash cut side down on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the water onto the paper around the squash. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the meat, parsley, egg, 1 clove garlic, salt, and black pepper with a fork until combined. Measure a tablespoon of meat and roll into a ball between your palms. Line up the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Place both baking sheets in the oven and set timer for 25 to 30 minutes. While the meatballs and squash are roasting, place the coconut oil and 2 cloves garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds, and then add the tomatoes and basil. Stir to combine, increase heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and reduce heat so sauce is just kept warm. When the meatballs are golden brown and cooked through (about 25 to 30 minutes), add them to the tomato sauce to keep them warm. Leave the spaghetti squash in the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and, using a hot pad to hold it, scrape the inside with a fork to shred the squash into spaghetti-like strands. To serve, mound spaghetti squash on individual plates and top with sauce and meatballs. Per serving: Calories 373 (From Fat 183); Fat 20g (Saturated 9g); Cholesterol 124mg; Sodium 695mg; Carbohydrate 22g; Dietary Fiber 4g; Protein 26g.

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Three Paleo Diet Recipes to Enjoy

Step by Step / Updated 04-03-2017

Of course a cave man enjoyed his food, and so can you on the Paleo diet. In these Paleo-approved recipes, you'll enjoy a classic combo of pork and sauerkraut, steamed kale with an Asian flair, and crunchy toasted coconut with a hint of cinnamon and cocoa.

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Paleo Diet Meal Plans: Dining Out at American-Style Restaurants

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Finding Paleo-friendly meals at American-style restaurants, diners, and cafŽs is pretty easy. Their menus often feature Paleo (cave man) diet foods such as fresh salads, burgers, and stick-to-your-ribs fare (roast poultry or meat, steaks, and chops) and vegetables. Here are some tips for finding the gems on the menu.

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Paleo Diet Meal Plans: What to Eat for Breakfast

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

One challenge of developing a Paleo (cave man) diet meal plan for breakfast is redefining ideas about which foods are right for breakfast. A non-Paleo "traditional" breakfast of cereal or eggs and toast isn't going to cut it. Instead of trying to retrofit your old meal ideas into the new Paleo format, try eating whatever combination of protein, vegetables, and fat sounds appealing at the time. Here's how:

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Paleo Diet Meal Plans: What to Serve at a Party

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Eating like a cave man while on your Paleo diet can carry through to parties and holidays. To truly celebrate, create menus featuring Paleo foods that nourish your body and taste great — and then, on very special occasions, select a treat that's worth a compromise. Here are some suggestions to help with holiday menu planning when you're a host who is living Paleo:

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How to Perform Paleo Strength Exercises

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Your goal when adopting a Paleo lifestyle is to exercise for about 10 to 30 minutes two times per week. These strength exercises involve major muscles groups, which help burn fat and release growth hormones. Be as explosive as you can while keeping form. Remember to progress appropriately. Building strength takes time, and trying to progress too quickly isn't worth the risk of injuring yourself, which can really set you back.

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Ten Effective No-Equipment Exercises to Help You Live Paleo

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

When living a Paleo lifestyle —like cave men — you gotta move! Making exercising a priority when living Paleo is super smart for your health and well-being. The key to looking and feeling healthy is understanding that your body needs exercise and movement to fuel you with energy. Making this one lifestyle change will have a major impact on reducing your risk of slow, progressing chronic diseases, and it will improve your quality of life.

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10 Foods to Always Have in the Kitchen When Living Paleo

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

The best way to guarantee success with adapting a Paleo lifestyle — eating like cave men — is to develop new routines, new habits, and new favorite foods. If you identify a short list of must-have foods that satisfy your nutritional needs and your appetite, stock your kitchen with them so you can avoid feelings of deprivation.

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The Paleo Diet: Eating Like a Cave Man

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

The Paleo diet — sometimes called the cave man diet — is based on the idea that eating foods similar to those consumed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors is the healthiest, most successful path to sustainable weight loss and optimal health. These guidelines will get you started on making the transition to eating Paleo: Build your meals around animal protein sources, vegetables, fruits, and naturally occurring, high-quality fat sources. As much as possible, eat grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised meat and poultry and wild-caught fish and seafood. Eat a wide variety of vegetables (including starchy vegetables, like sweet potatoes and winter squash) and fruits (especially berries). Enjoy a wide range of naturally occurring fats, including coconut products (milk, flakes, butter, and oil), avocados, olives, and olive oil. Avoid all gluten and grains, including wheat, rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, barley, spelt, and oats. Avoid all seed and industrial oils, including canola, soy, and corn. Avoid dairy, including milk, cream, half-and-half, cheese, and yogurt. Avoid all processed and packaged foods. Avoid all added sugars and artificial sweeteners. (The naturally occurring sugar in fruit is okay.) Eat protein, vegetables, fruits, and fats to satisfaction, rather than to the state of being "full" or "stuffed."

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