August 30th, 2011
The basis of the Paleo diet is to eat foods that our Paleolithic ancestors would have eaten. The Paleolithic era lasted around 2.5 million years and ended about 10,000 years ago with advent of agriculture. The idea is that our genetics have not had enough time to evolve to be able to easily consume foods like grains and legumes.
The Paleo diet consists exclusively of foods that would have been available to cavemen. These include free range meat, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits. Some groups of Paleo followers encourage a lean meat diet. However, others claim that our ancestors would have consumed animals that were high in fat content and that those who are bemoaning saturated fat are buying into Ancel Keys’ false (as Paleo followers claim) study.
Artificial sweeteners (stevia is ok in moderation)
Grain and seed oils
Soy products (unless fermented)
Beans or legumes
Changes from my Current Diet
I would have to add meat to my diet to follow Paleo. I would also have to remove soy products, grains, beans, and legumes from my diet.
Personally I would find this diet hard to implement. Having not consumed meat in any amount since I was 12, I am hesitant to reintroduce it to my diet. Also, I am wary of the idea that saturated fat isn’t bad for you. I will have to look into this idea more before I would consider it a viable option.
Breakfast: Three bananas
Lunch: Organic quinoa with canned organic black beans from Meijer, and chopped white onion seasoned with organic curry powder, organic cumin, organic paprika and fresh organic garlic
Snack: Salad with organic baby arugula, organic white mushrooms, organic cucumber, raw walnuts and a teaspoon of organic olive oil followed by another banana
Dinner: Organic short-grain rice with zucchini, yellow squash, organic broccoli, organic carrots, white onion, fresh organic garlic, organic soy tempeh, and organic portobello mushrooms stir fried in sesame oil
Feelings to Note
Allergies were less pronounced today but still present. I still feel a bit rundown and tired but not as bad as yesterday.
Once again, I consumed a great deal of bananas. No repercussions today, however.
I feel a bit full after dinner. I ate a lot of veggies.
Weight training at the gym for about 45 minutes