Here at deglutenous, we believe going gluten-free is a chance to improve your health and lifestyle. With this in mind and the fact, there is a lot of interest around the Paleo diet we thought we would start trialing some Paleolithic recipes for a few weeks. The best part…it is entirely gluten-free!
What is Paleo
It is essentially eating like a caveman, a low carb but higher in the good fat diet. The aim is to teach your body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates, like our ancestors who didn’t have access to the refined carbohydrates we do today. Of course in this day and age eating like a caveman a lot easier, you don’t have to hunt and gather for most of the day to eat, you can go to the market at lunchtime or on the way home and stock up on fresh fruit, veg, and meat. That is actually the gist of the diet, adapting your lifestyle (let us steer away from the word diet) to include an abundance of fresh produce and regular exercise.
The great thing about Paleo is that it doesn’t prescribe you can’t have any fun. You have the option to live by the 85:15 rule, which allows you to have three meals a week that aren’t Paleo, so you can still enjoy the finer things in life! The best thing about Paleo for those with coeliac disease is that it is completely gluten free, the Paleolithic didn’t harvest wheat, rye or barley and cooking from such fresh ingredients means everything you make is naturally gluten-free.
You can eat
Anything fresh, including;
- Vegetables (excluding starchy root veg, unless you are very active then include sweet potato varietals)
- Meat and poultry (ensure it is grass fed where possible)
- Nuts and seeds (excluding peanuts as they are legumes)
- Oils from nuts, coconut, avocado and olives
You can drink
- Herbal tea
- Pure fruit and vegetable juices
In small doses
- Coffee and caffeinated teas
- Sweeteners (raw honey and maple syrup)
- Dried fruit
You should avoid
- Dairy (if you decide to have it make it full fat, non-pasteurised – as close to natural as possible)
- Refined sugars
- Grains (this is an entirely gluten-free diet but you should also avoid all other grains)
- Legumes (peanuts, chickpeas, kidney beans )
- Soft drinks and sugar loaded juices
- Highly processed oils and vegetable oils
It has been a great experience experimenting with some Paleo recipes. So far we have tried;
- we substituted the celery with zucchini
- Our own prawn dish with chili beans and asparagus (recipes to follow soon)
- Our own pumpkin and zucchini fritters with guacamole (recipes to follow soon)
- Thai vegetable soup
- Coconut chicken with cauliflower rice (recipes to follow soon)
We have all been vigilant with regular exercise too and feel very energetic!
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