The Paleo Diet

About the diet

The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet, also called the “caveman” or “stone age” diet, encourages you to eat like our ancestors have eaten for generations.
The foods that are allowed are: meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, veggies, roots, fruits and berries.
The foods that are not allowed are: grains, dairy, legumes (beans or peas), sugar, salt.

My Opinions:

This diet encourages more fruits and vegetables,and reducing added sugar and sodium which is also suggested by today’s nutrition guidelines. However eliminating grains and dairy can make you deficient in many vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin D and many B vitamins. And a lack of whole grain eliminates the necessary fibre needed for reducing risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Also a typical plan on this diet exceeds the fat and protein intake recommendations and is limiting in carbohydrate requirements.

What should you keep in mind if you are following this diet?

If you want to stick with this diet, a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement should be taken, to ensure you get the B vitamins, vitamin D
and calcium that is lacking in the diet. Over all the diet encourages good habits but may not be realistic. It may be necessary to modify the diet by eating grass-fed meat, wild caught fish and organic produce. Remember to supplement any diet with daily physical activity for results in weight loss and disease prevention.

Is a more balanced diet recommended?

Yes. This diet is hard to sustain considering our lifestyle and acquired palette, thus it is better to consider a more liberal balanced diet with high fibre, more fruits, vegetables, dairy and whole grains.

Are there any precautions associated with doing the paleo diet?

Eliminating whole grains, legumes and dairy can put you at risk of some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Other than that the diet also lacks variety.

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