The Paleo Diet involves eating as our ancestors did, including the consumption of meat, fish and some healthy plant proteins. It does not include any of the potentially allergenic foods that are so common in our modern-day diets such as dairy, bread, cereals, sugar, or processed and refined foods. Lentils, chickpeas and soya beans are off the menu too, along with soft drinks and alcohol.
The Paleo-style, which emphasises quality protein, can help build lean muscle and keep us feeling fuller for longer. However, eating too
much red meat can be acidic, depleting calcium, overworking the kidneys and liver, and can cause constipation. Additionally, excessive meat onsumption has also been linked to the increased risk of cancer and ardiovascular disease, so to get the best health benefits from this way of eating, meat should be organic or free range, and several servings of fibre-rich
vegetables must be included every day.
There are many merits to eating as our ancestors did – the removal of processed foods and their associated allergens has countless health benefits, and the inclusion of quality protein can help with both weight management and the development of lean muscle