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Paleo Basics: Inspiration for Healthier Eating

Paleo Basics: Inspiration for Healthier Eating

I first heard of the Paleo “diet” in 2012 as a bet among friends. We challenged each other to see who could last the longest eating this way. In a nutshell, the Paleo “diet” is a way of eating that eliminates processed foods – you can only eat what the cavemen had available.

Things to avoid:

  • Dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk)
  • Grains (wheat, oats, corn)
  • Processed foods/sugars (lunch meats, cookies, granola)
  • Legumes (beans, lentils)
  • Starches (bread, pasta, potatoes)
  • Alcohol

Things to eat:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Lean meats
  • Seafood
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Healthy Fats (olive oil, avocado)

At first glance, it may seem pretty daunting and many people can get caught up in the details of it all. When I first started, I kept focusing on all the foods I COULDN’T eat, instead of looking at all the options I had available to make delicious meals.  A typical meal in the life of the Paleo diet is simple and does not have to be lacking in flavor!

Example Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast: Spinach and egg omelet with side of fruit
  • Snacks: Nuts, carrots, apple, plantain chips
  • Lunch: Avocado tuna salad, cucumbers, tomatoes
  • Dinner: Chicken skillet with sweet potatoes, apples, brussels sprouts and bacon

I generally eat this way. If it is someone’s birthday and we have a glass a wine, or I decide to eat my sweet potato fries with some ketchup I don’t stress about it. I understand the overall health benefits of this way of eating and personally, it has made me feel better.  Give it a try and see how you feel too!

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Robin Bewley, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT
Robin is an outdoor enthusiast, avid obstacle course racer and endurance athlete. In addition to running she enjoys water sports, snowboarding, hiking, Pilates, traveling and spending time with her husband and two Siberian huskies. She is a die-hard Boston sports fan.
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