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The Paleo Diet Explained & An Easy Paleo Meal Plan

Mar 27, 2014 | Meal Planning | 0 comments

Sure you've heard about the Paleo diet, but is everything you've heard true? This straightforward article is perfect for Paleo for beginners.

The Paleo diet has been growing in popularity lately, though it has roots all the way back in prehistoric times. The Paleo diet, also known as the Caveman diet, relies on the same food sources that our ancestors ate thousands of years ago. It focuses on the vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, meat and seafood that were the staples of the diet and eliminates the refined sugars and flours and processed foods that have become a large part of the American diet.

People with auto immune issues often see improvements with this style of eating. It is also helpful for someone who has gone gluten-free and seen a benefit but is still having digestive issues or other lingering symptoms. Some possible benefits of the Paleo diet include weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, and diabetes control or prevention. While further research is still needed to be able to link the Paleo diet to a disease-free and longer life, the massive popularity of the Paleo diet reinforces the fact that it really does work well for many people.

Starting April 1, Prep Dish will begin offering Paleo meal plans in addition to the gluten-free meal plans we have always offered. Both Prep Dish meal plans are based on real, whole, unprocessed foods and utilize the delicious recipes that I've been using with personal chef clients for years! Check out all the details of the new Paleo meal plan and try out a subscription! You'll receive an email every Friday with a link to that week's meal plans + tips for spending 2-3 hours for prepping all your food for the week.

Paleo for Beginners
Mustard Dill Salmon, Roasted Asparagus & Purple Potatoes

If you’re interested in learning more about the Paleo diet, here are a few resources to check out:

Defined:
NomNom Paleo, a popular Paleo blogger shares her realistic definition of Paleo.

Podcast:
One of my favorite Paleo supporters is Austin-based functional medicine Dr. Amy Myers, here she discusses Paleo with Robb Wolf. 

Book:
Another popular Paleo supporter, Chris Kesser, released his book “Personal Paleo Code” full of great info on the Paleo diet.
I heard Kesser speak when his book tour brought him through Austin, I was impressed with his well-researched & evidence-based approach.

Levels of Paleo:
Unlike gluten-free, which is pretty black & white for those of us or are intolerant/ allergic (no gluten, 100% of the time), Paleo has different levels.
Here's an explanation of the “7 Shades” of Paleo. 

Have you tried the Paleo diet? Share your experience and pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as @prepdish in all 3 places, or leave a comment below.

Beginner Menu Guide

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Allison Schaaf Chef, Prep Dish

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