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The beginner’s guide to the Paleo diet

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The key to weight loss and healthier lifestyles has been within our reach all along, in the form of human history and the Paleo diet.

What is the Paleo diet?

It is a diet that mimics the types of foods people ate prior to the Agricultural Revolution 12,000 years ago. That was when humans moved from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a more sedentary one in built-up settlements, and farmed grains as well as processed food became a large part of the human diet.

The Paleolithic era lasted about 2.6 million years and accounts for about 99% of human prehistory. This means that foods like pasta, rice and breads are a relatively recent invention and our bodies, which evolved over those 2.6 million years, may not have fully adjusted to a diet high in carbohydrates, processed and refined foods.

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Meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables and nuts feature prominently in a Paleo diet.

Proponents of the Paleo diet say that such processed and refined foods are the main culprits behind weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health problems. Thus the move back to a diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Indeed, some research studies are beginning to show that protein-heavy diets may be healthier than one high in refined carbohydrates.

What can I eat in the Paleo diet?

The diet emphasises the consumption of meat, fowl, seafood, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Any oils used should be natural, such as olive and avocado oil. Nuts and tubers such as sweet potatoes and yams can provide low GI carbohydrates that are digested more slowly, allowing you to maintain energy levels throughout the day while feeling fuller for longer.

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The Electrolux Nutrifresh refrigerator doesn’t just keep your fruits and vegetables fresher for longer, it enhances their vitamin and mineral content too.

Modern appliances like the Electrolux EOB8851AAX oven and Electrolux NutriFresh refrigerators can help to enhance the nutrition value of these foods and help make meals tastier. The Electrolux NutriFresh’s nutrilight feature helps to increase the vitamin and mineral content of fruits and vegetables, while the Electrolux EOB8851AAX includes a built-in food probe that lets you know when meat is cooked to your preferred doneness.

Wait, where do I get my energy then?

Simply put, fat. Some experts are finding that low carb, high fat diets work better for weight loss than low fat, high carb diets.  Fats don’t just provide energy, they also serve to make you feel full. Just be sure to consume only natural fats such as those from eggs, bacon, butter, nuts, grass-fed meats, avocado, olive oil and coconut oil.

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