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Chapter 9: 10 Tips for Living Paleo

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Just as with any change, adjusting to the Paleo diet will take you some time. After all, you’re not only changing your diet, you’re changing the way you think about food. Ingredients that you’ve known and loved for most of your life are now strictly off-limits. If you’re allowing yourself to have caffeine (which many Paleo dieters do not), then it’s probably the only part of your morning meal that will remain the same.

Now you’re going to be eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, so you shouldn’t ever be hungry. If you are, just eat something! You’re not going to be counting calories, but you still need to be cautious about what you eat because, just as in most diets, all Paleo-approved foods are not equal. You’re going to hit some rough spots, too, so here are some tips to get you through.

If you’re serious about changing your lifestyle and want to be successful with your transition, submerge yourself in it completely. Clear all of the non-Paleo foods from your pantry and your refrigerator, and head to the grocery store. Don’t buy anything that isn’t on your list, and don’t stop for a “final burger” on your way home.

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Chapter 8: Paleo Food Guide

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Shopping for foods that are Paleo friendly can be a daunting task when you’re first starting out. What’s allowed and what’s not? What are all of those mystery ingredients that are listed on food labels? For the most part, stocking your refrigerator and pantry is fairly simple, but there are going to be times when you don’t want to eat just steak and broccoli, and there will be other times when you need something fast and simple. Don’t worry—you’ll get the hang of it.

There are a few different versions of the Paleo diet, but for the sake of this discussion, we’re going to take the modern middle road so that it’s easier for you to make the transition to your new, healthier lifestyle. Throughout the following pages, we’re going to discuss what foods are okay and where you can find them. We’ll also discuss some alternate ingredients for baking bread and other goodies that won’t get you kicked out of the cave!

The first bit of good news is that you’re not going to be counting calories. Instead, you’re going to try to keep your portions in line with what your ancestors most likely ate. A diet that consists of 50 to 60 percent protein, 30 to 40 percent healthy carbs, and 5 to 10 percent healthy vegetable fats such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds is the general goal.

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Chapter 4: Flatbreads, Rolls, Muffins, and Pizza Dough

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Chapter 3: Sweet Breads

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Great banana bread is a valuable staple recipe because it can be a perfect gift, a satisfying snack, and an energy-packed way to start the day. Bananas contain potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure and help muscles to contract properly without cramping up. The warm spices in this recipe also have health benefits such as regulating healthy glucose levels in the blood and lowering blood pressure.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla until well combined. Whisk the banana and shredded coconut into the wet ingredients.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. Do not overmix the batter or the bread will be too dense.

5. Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and dust it with the almond flour.

6. Spoon the batter in the loaf pan, and bake for about 55 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Chapter 5: Paleo Diet Basics

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Whether modern health care professionals want to admit it or not, the Paleo diet closely mirrors what most of them tell their patients: Eat more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, and stay away from processed garbage. The diet, also known as the Stone Age diet, the caveman diet, and the hunter-gatherer diet, has gained a significant following in recent years, and there’s some pretty good research to support the switch.

Back in the 1970s a gastroenterologist by the name of Walter L. Voegtlin observed that digestive diseases such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome were much more prevalent in people who followed a modern Western diet versus those whose diet consisted largely of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats. He began treating patients with these disorders by recommending diets low in carbohydrates and high in animal fats.

Unfortunately, the medical world simply wasn’t ready to give up the idea that a low-fat, low-calorie diet was the healthiest way to eat, so Dr. Voegtlin’s observations and research went largely unnoticed, and the Paleo diet was shoved to the back of the drawer.

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