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The Paleo Diet In A Nutshell

Photo By: Foster Huntington

 

For the month of October I have set a personal challenge to attend my yoga studio ( YYoga ) for every day of October. As the month will be filled with all sorts of getting in shape and forming good habits, I decided to try out The Paleo Diet for the next 30 days as well. I have created a little ‘Paleo Diet For Dummies” as I wanted to know more information about it and figured most people do too.

 

 

THE PALEO DIET IN A NUTSHELL:

” If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither should you.” The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like humans used to thousands of years ago as cavemen.

WHAT YOU CAN EAT:

Things humans could hunt or find – meats, fish, regional veggies, fruits, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, etc..

WHAT YOU CAN’T EAT:

Things humans can’t hunt of find – grains, sugar, breads, cereal, pasta, processed foods, etc…

WHY THE PALEO DIET: 

North America’s current eating habits are making people fat; 66% of Americans are overweight.

WHY ARE PEOPLE FAT?

Back in the day the average human was: Tall, muscular, agile, athletic and incredibly versatile.  When humans discovered farming, the agricultural revolution took off and humans advanced from hunter-gatherers to farmers.The problem is, the human body never adjusted properly to eating all the grains that we were now farming resulting in the human race gaining tremendous amounts of weight.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Paleo Diet eliminates: sugars, grains and processed foods because they cause raised blood sugar which is toxic for your body.  When your body has high blood sugar it releases insulin to reduce blood sugar and to convert it into energy. Your body can only burn so much, so your body stores the rest as fat. For energy our bodies need sugars from fruits and vegetables not pastries.

THE PALEO DIET is an effort to go back to eating how we were biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately.

 

BEGINNER SHOPPING LIST

SPICES, FLAVOURS & OILS: 

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal/ flour
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Raw agave sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Chicken stock
  • Raw honey
  • Vanilla
  • Ground black pepper
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sesame seed oil
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder / Chili flakes
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato paste
  • Sea salt
  • Crushed garlic

PRODUCE ( FRUITS & VEGGIES ) 

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Sweet potato
  •  Mushrooms
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Bananas
  • Oranges 

MEATS & OTHERS- ( MEATS SHOULD ALWAYS BE GRASS-FED & NITRATE FREE. FISH SHOULD BE WILD )

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Pork
  • Buffalo             
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut water     
  • Almond milk
  • Eggs
  • Jerky
  • Nuts

 

Featured: Followed | Part Six

Followed | Part Six

Our Followed series continues this week with the discovery of these five Instagram users. From the tasting room of 33 Acres Brewing Company to the dirt roads of Oregon, you won’t want to miss what these photographers have to offer. Enjoy.

33 Acres Brewing Company, Saxx Underwear, Saxx

1. @33acresbrewingcompany | New local Vancouver brewery 33 Acres Brewing Company brings exquisite taste to not only their beer but also the clean aesthetic of their brewery. The result is this extremely minimal but well thought out Instagram feed. Photographer turned brewmaster.

Saxx Underwear, SAXX, Kenneth Nguyen

2. @kennethnguyen | Kenneth Nguyen is a full time photographer based in Copenhagen. Kenneth brings to life a nice mix of outdoor and urban landscapes.

Caley Vanular, Saxx Underwear, Followed, Saxx

3. @caleyvanular | Adventurer of the Pacific Northwest with a nice aesthetic. Baja Bro.

saxx underwear, heatherjones, instagram, saxx

4. @heatherjones | Based on the West Coast, Heather Jones offers some killer faded shots of the coastline.

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5. @craytx | From Texas to Oregon, Miguel McCrary captures some incredible imagery of the great outdoors you won’t want to miss.

 

 

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Coconut Nut Granola Recipe

I am a huge fan of making my own granola. It is easy to do, quick, healthy and cheaper to make then buy. Tonight I made a coconut nut mix with wide rolled oats. Try out the easy recipe below and let me know how it went in the comments.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flax seed
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raisins or dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.

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