Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Primal Blueprint or Primal/Paleo Diet Basics

The Primal diet, often referred to as the Primal Blueprint or Primal/Paleo diet, is based on the dietary habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The main principles emphasize consuming foods that were available to early humans before the advent of agriculture and processed foods. Here's a general guideline of foods typically included in a Primal diet:

1. Meats: Lean meats such as beef, pork, lamb, and poultry are staples. Wild game meats are also encouraged if available.

2. Fish and Seafood: Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Shellfish such as shrimp, crab, and lobster are also suitable.

3. Eggs: Eggs are a nutritious source of protein and healthy fats.

4. Vegetables: Non-starchy vegetables such as leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini are recommended. These provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

5. Fruits: Berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are favored due to their lower sugar content compared to other fruits. Avocados, tomatoes, and other low-sugar fruits are also included.

6. Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and seeds like chia, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds provide healthy fats and protein.

7. Healthy Fats: Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and ghee (clarified butter) are commonly used for cooking and dressing.

8. Dairy (optional): Some adherents include full-fat dairy like cheese, yogurt, and butter in moderation. However, others choose to avoid dairy due to lactose intolerance or other reasons.

9. Herbs and Spices: Flavoring foods with herbs and spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, basil, and rosemary enhances taste without adding extra calories.

10. Fermented Foods: Foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and fermented pickles provide probiotics and promote gut health.

Foods to avoid on a Primal diet typically include:

1. Processed Foods: Avoid processed meats, refined sugars, refined grains, and other highly processed foods.

2. Grains and Legumes: Wheat, barley, rice, oats, corn, beans, lentils, and peanuts are typically excluded due to their high carbohydrate content and potential anti-nutrients.

3. Refined Vegetable Oils: Soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and other highly processed vegetable oils are avoided due to their high omega-6 fatty acid content and potential inflammatory effects.

4. Processed Dairy: Low-fat dairy products and sweetened yogurts are generally avoided by those following a strict Primal diet.

It's essential to listen to your body and adapt the diet to suit your individual needs and preferences. Additionally, consulting with a healthcare professional or nutritionist before making significant dietary changes is recommended, especially if you have underlying health conditions.

COPYRIGHT 2007-2024 Patti Friday b.1959.

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