The Paleo Diet is simple in concept – just eat like a caveman. But the Paleo Diet isn't just for caveman anymore!
Directly put, if a caveman couldn't eat it, well then neither can you. So when it came to your food, unless you could hunt or forage for it, forget about it. Types of foods you could hunt or find included – fish, eggs, meats, nuts, leafy greens, vegetables native to your region, and seeds.
When asked “What Is The Paleo Diet?” I tend to gravitate to Robb Wolf's definition:
The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines show it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.
For many health advocates, the Paleo Diet is considered THE WAY to eat. Along with a ton of health and wellness benefits there's a lot of great resources to help you transition into a Paleo way of eating. To help with this process, I've put together a list of the top 10 Paleo “Super Foods” which should always be in your fridge. If not, make sure these are on your shopping list next time you find yourself hunting or foraging at the super market.
The Top-10 Paleo “Super-foods”
The Paleo “super foods” represents the best that nature offers, with its high content of health nutrients and antioxidant properties, and is certainly beneficial for people’s well-being.
1. Organic Eggs
Organic eggs are packed full of Vitamin D, Omega-3 fats, and amino acids.
Through testing it was found that free-range eggs, comparatively to factory farmed eggs, contain the following:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- Two times more omega-3 fatty acids
- Three times more vitamin E
- Seven times more beta carotene
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is amazing… they are highly anti-microbial and anti-viral, as well a great immune system booster. Don't believe me, check out the Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil. (and if all else fails, maybe just try a #BulletProof Coffee)
Cherries are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties, and are certainly an essential super food for those people who suffer from arthritis and inflammatory response conditions.
4. Dark Chocolate
Delicious and oh so good for you, dark chocolate has a high content of cocoa and is full of anti-oxidants and flavonoids. Cocoa is known as a help for improving cardiovascular problems, and is recognized for warding off high blood pressure. Several squares of 80% pure dark chocolate daily are enough… everything in moderation, right?
5. Beef (grass-fed preferably)
Free range cattle are grass-fed, and roam in organically fertilized fields and keep quality amounts of protein, amino acids, Omega-3's, and creatine, which is not the case with cattle that are corn-fed. This is because fewer nutrients in corn-fed beef than in grass-fed beef… read more about them here.
6. Kiwi fruit
Kiwi fruit has the highest amount of vitamin C compared to any other fruit. Plus they have a high fiber content and are a great source of vitamin E too… and they just taste awesome!
Blueberries are one at the top of the list for containing a ton of anti-oxidant properties. The are also often recommended for health problems such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and brain disorders. Blueberries can be eaten on their own, in delicious Paleo Pie, or if you are like me, frozen-fresh, then eaten as a snack.
Salmon is a wonderful source of Omega-3 fats. Not sold on the importance of Omegas in your diet, read up on the health benefits here.
Leafy greens like spinach, kale and Swiss chard have high levels of magnesium and folic acid, both of which aid with stress relief and reducing depression.
The sulfur compound in garlic kills viruses and deters common colds. (Not to mention keeps vampires away)
Want to try the Paleo Diet? Be sure to check out Paleo Nutrition Made Simple: Your Guide to Paleo