The Paleo Diet is an effective way of making healthy lifestyle changes by only eating certain foods that contain very few carbohydrates, and eliminating nearly all sugar and grains from the diet. Sugar that isn’t used up as energy turns into fat if you eat too many bad carbs and don’t get sufficient exercise.
Grains also contain gluten and lectin which can cause health problems including acid reflux, dermatitis, joint pain, reproductive issues, and gastrointestinal tract problems. The best way to get carbohydrates you need are from non-processed foods. They have all the nutrients you need without the extra carbohydrates that cause you to gain weight.
Our bodies aren’t designed to consume large amounts of dairy products. Animals don’t drink milk after infancy, and in pre-historic times, people didn’t consume large amounts of dairy products either. This explains why so many people are lactose intolerant.
There is still a wide variety of foods that you can choose from the Paleo Diet, and those are natural foods. They include:
Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
Tubers – Sweet potatoes and yams
Soups are one of the best elements of the Paleo Diet. Soups are more filling than other foods and have fewer calories, so including soups in your Paleo Diet meal plan can help you to safely lose weight. Another good feature of the diet is that you can combine all the ingredients in your slow cooker for delicious soups and stews, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Here’s a recipe for a flavorful African-style soup that combines sweet potatoes with curry and cinnamon.
African Sweet Potato Soup
1 small chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
2 peeled, cubed sweet potatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup almond butter
Saute onion and garlic in oil. Add chicken stock, sweet potatoes, and diced
tomatoes. Add ground cinnamon, cumin, curry powder, and sea salt. Mix in
cayenne and almond butter. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes.
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