12 Paleo Diet FAQ’s including the most popular: What is the Paleo diet?
So many questions about Paleo… here are 12 Paleo Diet FAQ ‘s answered just for you. If you ever have any questions that have not been answered here, then feel free to contact me anytime! Leave a comment below.
12 Paleo Diet FAQ:
What is the Paleo diet?
One of the most popular questions is what is the paleo diet? And for good reason… most don’t even know what it is….. Paleo is also known as the Caveman Diet since it’s based off what paleolithic man would have eaten. You avoid processed foods with additives, refined sugars, chemicals and hormones and instead stick with “whole” foods such as proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, natural fats, etc. This diet has been noted as the best for human digestion and health.
Can I lose weight on Paleo?
Yes, of course you can. Especially if you’ve been following a real crappy diet and staying inactive – you will see results. Not only weight loss results, but you’ll also notice a change in energy levels, sleeping patterns and overall lightness to your body. I recommend taking before/during/after photos from the beginning and taking more each week or every 2 weeks to compare. This will help you see the changes you made physically. Here are examples of 3 women who lost weight with paleo and share their before/after pics.
Can you give a sample of a daily meal plan on Paleo?
Sure, here is a post we did with a sneak peek meal plan of what you could eat from day to day.
Where can I find good paleo recipe ideas?
Pinterest is a good place. This is our Paleo Lifestyle Community Board filled with recipes. Or you could check out our Paleo Meal Plan app that comes with hundreds of extra recipes in it.
Do I need to exercise on Paleo?
You don’t have to, but since you’re already changing your health with the foods you eat, why not add a bit of activity to your life. It’s so good for your heart and overall bone and muscle health to exercise regularly, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it, I am sure of it. Start by adding just a little bit of exercise a few days a week. At first it might be tiring, but you’ll get used to it and love it. Try new things: walking, running, swimming, dance, cycling, strength training, weight lifting, yoga, pilates, HIIT… the list goes on and on. Mix and match and keep things fresh from week to week.
Can I have breads/grains?
No. Breads, wraps, wheat, oats, rice, quinoa, corn, barley, buckwheat, and rye are not Paleo. Grains have been shown to cause negative effects on our bodies. We cannot digest them well and they’ve been shown to also cause insulin jumps which can lead to a large number of health issues. GOOD NEWS: There are “paleo friendly” breads, wraps, crackers and pizza dough available over at Julian Bakery. Or, here’s a list of good paleo bread recipes you can make in your own kitchen. For rice or couscous you can use a cauliflower and food processor. No joke, pretty awesome.
Why no legumes/beans?
Again, this is one of those foods that have been shown to cause digestive and other health issues. So, they’re highly recommended you avoid them. I can suggest taking off a couple weeks from beans/legumes. After the 2 weeks are up, have some beans and see if your body reacts badly. The reason for the break is that you might not notice you have a problem if you’ve always had beans/legumes. But if you see a change once you stop eating them for a couple weeks then you should definitely avoid them.
Are dairy products allowed?
That really depends on you. Die-hard paleo people say NO! But some choose to have grass fed milk products every once in a while and are fine with that. The reason behind the “NO” is that dairy is highly processed and our bodies have a hard time digesting it, so it’s definitely not paleo. I can suggest taking off a couple weeks from any dairy products. After the 2 weeks are up, have something dairy and see if your body reacts to it. The reason for the break is that you might not notice you have a problem if you’ve always had dairy. But if you see a change once you stop eating/drinking it for a couple weeks then you should definitely avoid it.
Can I have sweets/desserts when I am on Paleo?
Yes, you can! I am not talking about store bought donuts, cookies or ice cream. Making your own sweets is probably your best bet, or you might find something paleo friendly at Whole Foods. Here is a small collection of sweets you can make yourself on the Paleo diet.
What foods can/can’t I have?
Since paleo is a clean eating diet, you’ll want to avoid any ultra-processed foods with refined sugars, additives, chemicals and hormones and stick with “whole foods” – you’ll want to avoid things like pre-made and packaged meals, frozen meals, boxed meals, fast food, etc. You can still enjoy a lot of your favorite foods – it’ll just be a process of creating them on your own in your kitchen so you know for sure you’re avoiding the junk. Here is a search tool we created to look up what is and what isn’t paleo.
I don’t cook, do you think I can still eat Paleo?
Of course, this won’t be a problem. Here’s a collection of 31 no-cook paleo recipes.
How do I start Paleo?
If you love to cook, one way to start is by trying our Paleo Meal Plans. They’re made fresh every week with new recipes. We plan 4 meals a day for you, so all you have to do is shop, cook and eat! Check out the app for free today. It will help you better understand what is the paleo diet and help you follow it the right way with its recipes and meal plan.