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Living Paleo For Dummies

Published: December 26, 2012

Overview

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.

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.

Living Paleo For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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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Paleo Diet Recipes Articles

Recipe for Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

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

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Place both baking sheets in the oven and set timer for 25 to 30 minutes.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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The Paleo Diet: Eating Like a Cave Man

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."

Paleo Diet Recipes Articles

The Advantages of Living Paleo

By removing foods from your diet that cause inflammation inside your body — foods that weren't part of our hunter-gatherer ancestors' daily meals — you'll enjoy a wealth of health and lifestyle benefits. Here are some of the benefits of living Paleo:

  • Weight loss and increased fat burning

  • Increased immunity to better fight colds

  • Increased ability to manage both emotional and physical stress

  • Reduction in both food and environmental allergy symptoms

  • Increased energy that lasts throughout the day

  • Deeper, more restful sleep

  • Clear, glowing skin

  • Strong, healthy nails and hair

  • Alleviation from depression

  • Elimination of joint aches and pains

  • Reduced blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels

  • Reduced risk for "diseases of civilization," including heart disease, diabetes, and cancers

  • Improvements in skin disorders, like acne, alopecia, eczema, and psoriasis

  • Alleviation of symptoms of autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and Crohn's disease

  • Freedom from bloating, gas, and other intestinal distress