…but what does that mean?
Eating a “clean” diet means eating foods void of SUGAR, additives and anything synthetic; ie. NON-PROCESSED FOODS.
The Paleo Diet: Eating clean!
The Paleo Diet (pronounced “pay-lee-oh”) is not a “diet” per se, but a way of life. It is based on foods available in the modern day which are based on the diet of our Palaeolithic (or cavemen) ancestors of 2.6million years ago prior to farming and processed foods.
What you should eat:
When eating a clean diet, the aim is to fuel the body the way the human body was designed to be fuelled:
– carbohydrates in the form of vegetables (copious amounts) and I recommend the “better” carbohydrates: organic oats, basmati rice and sweet potato instead of all other grains and starches.
– protein (animals, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds)
– good fats (fish, coconut oil, nuts, seeds)
– fruits (with more of a focus on low sugar fruits like berries, and cherries)
What you should avoid:
– grains (wheat, barley, rye, corn)
– hydrogenated vegetable oils (soybean, canola, margarine, corn)
– refined sugar (this is crucial)
– any processed foods
Who eats Clean:
In the last 5 years eating clean, the Paleo Diet, the Zone Diet, the Primal Diet and many other similar, clean diets have become more and more popular worldwide. In 2013 there has been a massive surge of global interest regarding eating clean and following the Paleo Diet to optimise lifestyle, health and sport. Athletes have always been known to strive to eat as clean as possible in order to stay lean, keep immune function high and fuel the body in the best way available. The Paleo Diet is a great template from which to base your own diet, knowing that you are making safe and effective food choices from wholesome, “real” food!
Benefits of eating Clean:
– Better immune function
– Increase in and more stable energy levels
– Improved mood, attitude and mental health
– Healthier gut – less or no bloating, decreased gas
– Weight loss (unnecessary weight)
– Muscle growth; increased fitness
– Better sleep
– Clearer skin and healthy hair
– Reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity
– Improved glucose tolerance; decreased insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity
– Improved fat (lipid) profiles
– Better absorption of nutrients from food
– Reduced allergies
– Reduced inflammation
– Improvements in those with respiratory problems such as asthma
Check out these sites for further nutritional info:
Robb Wolf: The Paleo Diet, Coeliac&Gluten Free, Sleep, Fitness, Weight Loss, Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Autoimmunity
Mark Sisson: Mark’s Daily Apple, The Primal Diet
Some good Food Documentaries:
Loren Cordain explains the Paleo Diet:
Sugar: The Bitter Truth