It’s that time of year again where you’ve stuffed yourself silly, eating like it’s gone out of fashion and then that pang of guilt kicks in…right? We’ve all been there and once you’ve finished off the remaining Quality Street and that last mince pie, we’re looking at our New Year’s Resolutions. Eat better, drink less (or not at all!), do more exercise, eat less cake/sweets/biscuits, drink less caffeine…blah blah blah. So, what to do?
It was while wandering around the shops in that last-minute Christmas shopping dash that I noticed this book. The Paleo Diet by Daniel Green is exactly what it says on the tin: a diet derived from Paleolithic times whereby you simply go back in time and eat what our ancestors used to. It goes that one step further than the Clean and Lean diet and cuts out processed foods, refined and added sugars, grains, dairy, beans and legumes, vegetable and seed oils and potatoes. In the days of yore, grains weren’t introduced into our diet until after the Agrarian Revolution so of course they weren’t eaten in the Paleolithic times. The Paleo Diet aims to help with modern day ailments such as gluten and lactose intolerances and can help reduce the onset of diabetes and obesity by cutting out the processed foods.
The principles are the same as Clean and Lean which is based on fewer additives, unhealthy trans fats and no hidden sugars or salt. It’s high in fruit and veg and rich in protein and fibre which will help with hunger pangs. It’s designed to be a way of life and luckily, the diet encourages us to follow the 80/20 rule (80% of the time follow the diet, 20% eat what you wish) which is good for us mere mortals who love a little bit of chocolate or the odd glass of wine. The book shows what is allowed (e.g. meats, nuts, seeds, veg, fruit), what to have in moderation (e.g. alcohol, salt, vinegar) and what to avoid (e.g. potatoes – that’ll be no chips then 😦 ).
People who have followed the diet have reported a range of health benefits such as increased energy levels, improved sleep, clearer skin and healthier looking hair, improved mood and attitude, fewer colds and infections, less bloating and digestive issues. So, my resolution is to try this out! I am also going for no booze in January (trying to!) and will report back on my prep for the Paleo Diet, the highs, the pitfalls, any weight loss, how I feel and what I have eaten. I’m trying this out as I have a lactose intolerance so it would be great to see how beneficial this diet is for that. I have a holiday in Thailand mid-February which I aim to be my goal, so let’s see how I go in the next six weeks!
My ancestors would be proud.