The paleo diet is a diet program that is grounded on the belief that the diet of man has something to do with evolution. Before the introduction of agriculture a thousand years ago, man’s ancestors were not dining on whole grains. When the Industrial Revolution came about and people got richer and busier because of jobs, many settled for processed or artificial food.
The brain behind the diet, Loren Cordain, wanted to introduce a diet that resembles that of the people during the Paleolithic Period. Thus, the diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, but does not put any restrictions on when it comes to fruits and vegetables.
Here is a sample menu plan to understand how the diet works:
Breakfast: Omelet with Spinach and Mushroom
There are many different kinds of omelets, but this one gets rid of anything fatty or high in cholesterol. Hence, only the egg white is used. For stuffing, there are only two ingredients recommended: mushroom and spinach.
Alternative: Try Otie’s apple breakfast. Grab one large apple of any type. Cut it in very small pieces. Combine with a grated medium-sized carrot and raisins. Sprinkle with cinnamon. The recipe is a good way to perk the morning up.
Morning Snacks: Banana Pear Ambrosia
Take a bite on the certified food for the gods. There are many different kinds of ambrosia, but in the Paleolithic diet, the one recommended is a combination of banana, pear, and avocado. Add some lemon or pineapple juice. Mix them all together in a blender until they transform into a very smooth sherbet.
Alternative: If there is no time for a nice-and-slow snack, just choose the fruits in season and mix them all together in one bowl. Make sure there is no mayonnaise or cream added.
Lunch: Stir Fried Beef with Veggies
Stir-fry 12-ounces of sirloin steak (beef with the least amount of fat) in canola oil. Even if beef contains fat, one does not introduce more cholesterol in the body, and stir frying does not make use of too much cooking oil.
To achieve exquisite taste and add more texture, use a clove of pressed garlic, burgundy wine, yellow onion, red pepper, celery stalks, mushrooms, carrots, and lemon juice. Serve in chinaware for a complete Oriental feel.
Alternative: Increase omega-3 fatty acid intake by having grilled salmon for lunch.
Afternoon Snacks: Colorado Spinach Salad
There is a good reason why Popeye loves spinach so much. It is packed with plenty of mega nutrients. Rather than eating plain spinach, spice the dish up by making a salad out of it. Drizzle the salad with a special dressing composed of lemon juice, honey, ground pepper, tarragon, and olive and flax seed oil.
Alternative: There is no spinach? Opt for a mixture of raw carrots and celery. Chop them in smaller pieces and eat.
Dinner: Grilled Chicken and Steamed Broccoli
The grilled chicken is an excellent dish for a little barbecue party in the backyard. Choose those with no bones and skin to make sure there is no consumption of bad fats. Pair the grilled chicken with steamed broccoli.
Alternative: If you're conscious about eating meat, stick with a seafood dish such as the famed Chez Lorraine’s baked salmon.