What do I hunt and why? We all know the saying, if you feed your body garbage, then expect to look and feel like garbage right? Well on the flip side, if you eat right and give your body healthy and nutrient-rich foods, then you’re going to look and feel great from the inside out; I know I do!
That’s my secret, not very complicated right? - Well what did you really expect from a caveman? I guarantee that everything I hunt is 100% PALEO APPROVED! Why Paleo? – Don’t worry friends, I have provided a simple lesson below on the do’s and the don’ts on the Paleo diet and the many reasons why I choose to only hunt Paleo!
Foods that I hunt and eat!
Meat! Meat! Meat!
The reason I am so excited about animal protein is that it tops the list of superior protein that your body needs. Animal proteins are high-quality complete proteins that contain all the essential amino acids your body requires unlike other incomplete sources of proteins that lack essential amino acids. I also hear animal protein does wonders on biceps!
Now I do recommend taking a page from us cavemen and sticking with grass fed, pasteurized, and/or organic meats. If you are unable to do that, then at least do yourself a solid and stay away from meats with preservatives and color or flavor enhancers, particularly added nitrites, as they can be pretty toxic. For fish, try to stick with wild caught fish if you can; farm raised fish have been known to be genetically modified due to the diet they are fed and the chemicals that are put into the water.
Veggies should be one of your best friends and the greener they are, the better - spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli to name a few. These green all-stars pack a big punch and are full of phytonutrients, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants and should make up a large portion of your plate. Celery, asparagus, beets, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, and other colorful veggies are also good in my book and are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a countless amount of other nutrients.
If you are trying to lose weight and are not particularly active, it may be a good idea to limit the amount of starchy vegetables you eat, such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and root vegetables.
Fruits and berries
Say hello to nature’s candy! But unlike the wrapped candy found at the store that is loaded with sugar and plenty of artificial ingredients, fruits are packed with water, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients! As amazing as fruit is, fruit also contains fructose and because of that should not be consumed in large quantities.
Remember the myth that eating fat will make you fat? I am happy to tell you that good, healthy fats won’t make you fat at all and in fact will be the main source of energy your body needs while eating Paleo. First, eliminate any vegetable oil high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6 – that junk is the reason fats get such a bad rep. Now fill your pantry with good fats such as coconut oil, grass fed butter or ghee, animal fats, and of course nature’s butter itself – avocado! Ditch the thought of that food pyramid you learned in school where fat makes up such a minor part of your diet. Healthy fat should make up a large portion of your diet – Don’t be afraid my friends, embrace healthy fat!
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a very convenient food and popular snack that are loaded with nutrients. Ground nuts, such as almond flour, are also used to to make some amazing Paleo-friendly baked goods as well. But like fruit, don’t go too nutty with the nuts and seed. Nuts and seeds contain a small amount of phytic acid and other antinutrients that could cause discomfort or digestive issues if consumed in large quantities. Are you a sucker for nuts and seeds? No worries - soaking nuts and seeds overnight in salty water is an easy way to get rid of most of the phytic acid and other antinutrients. After the nuts have soaked for a number of hours, simply rinse them thoroughly and dry them under the sun, in a dehydrator or in an oven set at the absolute lowest temperature.
Foods that I stay away from!
Grains (Anything that contains bran, germ and endosperm)
This is usually a great shocker for many who believe whole grains are the epitome of healthy foods. I am living proof that grains were simply not made for our human bodies. Consumption of grains did not start until around 10,000 years ago during the agricultural revolution and this is when our bodies started going on full rampage! Heart diseases, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer, and many other diseases started affecting man. Two big reasons why grains are so bad are phytic acid and lectins.
Our bodies lack the enzyme “phytase” which breaks down phytic acid. Phytic acid prevents minerals and nutrients from getting absorbed by the body and can cause nutritional deficiencies and digestion problems.
Lectins are found in grains and legumes. The human gut contains cells that let in nutrients in through the bloodstream while keeping everything else out. Lectins damage the gut lining causing it to become inflamed. An inflamed gut lining will have difficulty absorbing nutrients. Lectins also cause leptin resistance, which means that your hunger signal is suppressed and you’ll be hungry even when your body has had more than enough calories. Lectins are the culprits behind some autoimmune problems like celiac disease and even colon cancer.
Legumes, like grains contain phytic acid that binds to nutrients in the food, preventing you from absorbing them. Also like grains, legumes contain lectins that damage the intestinal wall, contributing to leaky gut as well as digestive and autoimmune problems.
Although legumes have been recommend by society to be a great alternative to animal protein, legumes are no where near as nutrient dense as animal protein and eating large amounts of legumes can cause serious problems for the body. Legumes are farmed in what is called “industrial monoculture farming” which produces legume crops on a large scale, stripping soil of nutrients and forcing farmers to use toxic pesticides.
Peanuts are not nuts; they are actually legumes. Just like other legumes, peanuts carry lectins that can penetrate the lining of the gut and leak into the bloodstream that can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other health issues.
Soy is hidden in a lot of the food people eat. You can read the ingredient list of almost any "food product" and find soy or one of its many alter egos in it. Of all plant substances, soy is the one that contains the highest concentrations of phytates, which inhibit the absorption of the minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium and calcium. Soy also contains trypsin inhibitors, which interfere with the proper digestion of protein and may even damage your pancreas. High levels of goitrogens are also found in soy, which can lead to thyroid disorders.
In addition to being harmful to our bodies, soy production is harmful to the planet and to livestock who eat it as well. Almost all soybeans grown today are genetically modified and “Round-up ready.” They contain a gene that allows them to be directly sprayed with pesticides without dying. There is some evidence that this gene can mutate and create a pesticide-like toxin in the body.
Whether you classify corn as a grain or are considering it a vegetable, you still want to avoid corn since up to 88 percent of the corn in the United States is genetically engineered. GMO corn has been shown to be detrimental to our health and the environment.
Strict Paleo people will tell you that ALL dairy should be avoided. In today’s society almost all of our dairy products have been highly processed and pumped with additives. The majority of our dairy products come from animals that feed on grains, soy and processed foods.
Dairy contains a good amount of lactose and casein. A good majority of people can’t digest lactose and even if they can, eliminating lactose and casein from your diet can be beneficial to your health. Another problem with dairy is that it is high in carbs and sugar and can spike insulin levels, which can cause weight problems and other more serious issues.
If you can’t live without dairy, try to stick with organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed, full fat and properly fermented dairy. Dairy that comes from a sheep or goat is also a good alternative. These types of dairy are much easier for the body to tolerate and digest.
There are two sides to sugar; there is the good sugar and the bad sugar.
· Good sugar (natural)
Natural sugar has a lot of fiber that helps you stay full for longer periods. It also contains a lot of minerals and vitamins and when taken in moderation is not associated with diabetes or obesity. I like using a pinch of raw honey, high-grade maple syrup, or fresh fruit when making a sweet snack because they are easy to digest. And although Agave Nectar is a natural sweetener, it is almost all fructose so it can be very hard to digest so I try to steer clear of it.
· Bad sugar (processed and artificial)
This sugar has zero fiber, a lot of additives and preservatives, and is very high in calories. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses are linked to artificial sugar. Somebody please tell me why we are still talking about this! It’s terrible and has no place in your diet.
Processed Foods and Vegetable Oils
Anything that is processed or that comes from a can is not your friend and just wants to add a number of inches to your waistline along with an amount of other health issues! I mean have you even read the ingredient lists lately on processed foods… can you even pronounce half those words? And vegetable oils can’t be extracted by being pressed or separated naturally. They must be chemically removed, deodorized, and altered. These are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets and should have no place in our world.
Wow… all of this food talk has sure made me hungry! Good thing this place is full of only the best Paleo approved food around! Gather up my friends!