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There is no special reason – I just woke up one morning and decided to see what else I could do with the time. It’s usually better to draw a line under something if you really want to find out what’s next.

I’ve had a lot of pleasure from writing here, and have been very grateful to you for reading and participating. I will of course keep the blog available so people can continue to reference it. I will also continue to read and comment on blogs in the community, so I am sure I’ll see you around. Over and out..mymore_365395878425614762{display:none;}

What Can I Snack On – Paleo Diet

How to Handle Snack Attacks on the Paleo Diet

Snacks are part of life and on any healthy diet you are told to eat something every few hours. This is very true if you are following the Paleo Diet. The problem is finding out what to snack on. You need to have snacks that are quick and easy to prepare and that fit in with the principles of the Paleo diet.

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Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One easy snack to prepare in advance is chopped up or sliced vegetables. This type of snack is perfect to prepare in advance for when you are at home such as on the weekend. Or it can be prepared ahead of time and fridged ready to take for lunch at work or school.

This snack can include celery sticks, carrot sticks, zuchini, cucumbers, capsicum, cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, fresh peas, radishes and tomatoes.

Jarred olives or salt fermented vegetables and most antipasto choices are all ok. You can serve fresh veggies with a low calorie dip or vinaigrette dressing. I really like to use balsamic vinegar occasionally for a change.

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Boiled egg sits in an egg cup ( Getty Images via @daylife)

Eggs are another suitable snack choice for anyone on the Paleo Diet. You can prepare them as hard boiled eggs, slices of frittata or as egg muffins. A pancake mix can be made with buckwheat flour and almond milk. Vegetable omelettes are good, or fill a pancake with a chicken filling made with thickened coconut milk and mushrooms. These can be wrapped in plastic and later warmed up in the microwave.

Fruit is a quick and simple snack to prepare. Choose berries, slices of oranges, apples and grapefruit. These are easy to pack if you need to take your snack with you as well.

Small amounts of nuts and seeds can be packed into mini containers and popped into your bag. They are easy to eat no matter where you are plus full of nutrients that help you get through a busy morning.  As nuts are higher in calories it may be best to eat them as a mid morning snack. By eating nuts early in the day your body has lots of time to burn off the calories.

Leftover pieces of meat or seafood are wonderful snack choices. Just dice them up into chunks the night before and place them into a small container. By eating leftover meat you are adding protein to your diet which will provide you with energy during the day.

Chicken or turkey breast diced or sliced makes a good snack choice. So does canned tuna, peeled shrimp and slices of leftover meatloaf or meatballs.

When having vegetables or meat as a snack it is nice to eat them with a dipping sauce. Some good sauces to use that won’t affect your Paleo Diet are salsa, nut butters, pesto sauces and guacamole.

Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

Once you get into the habit of making snacks that fall in line with the Paleo Diet principles you won’t be wandering around the kitchen lost for what to eat. Instead you will have tons of choices which are healthy and may even start to feel grateful to lose the packaged stuff because fresh fruit and veg really do taste wonderful. Such a variety of exotic tastes compared to a bland sweet bread, biscuit or cake.

Remember eating snacks is a good healthy choice. You should try not to go more than 4 hours without having some sort of snack. Now you have a few ideas, maybe you can share your ideas with me. If you have any snack ideas please leave a comment below and share it with other readers.

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What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet advocates that people eat what humans used to eat before the agricultural revolution made daily bread an easy food source. The Paleo diet encourages people to eat natural foods that are as they were before we used chemical fertilizers and genetically modified them to sit in supermarket freezers for months.

Eat tons of fruits and vegetables. Foods your ancestors used to grow for themselves in their garden. If you can afford organic by joining a co-op – do so. If not find local shops who buy from local farms if possible. You’ll find more taste and more nutrients in these vegetables and fruit and less chemical risk.

The main food groups which the Paleo diet recommends are:

  • * Vegetables
  • * Meats
  • * Seafood
  • * Fruits

 

The above food groups are high in soluble fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals, omega 3, monounsaturated fats, protein and are foods which have a low glycemic level when it comes to carbohydrate levels.
You can eat protein along with unlimited amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Paleo diet recommends that you avoid the following foods

  • * Refined sugars
    * Refined grains
  • * Saturated fats
  • * Trans fats
  • * Salt
  • * Processed foods
  • * High glycemic carbohydrate foods

 

These foods are known to cause obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. They have also been linked to many other health related diseases.

Our Paleo Ancestors

If we dig back into our history books a little you will discover that when our Paleo ancestor’s reached 60 they suffered from very few of the modern diseases like diabetes. Although many people did not make it to 60 that was due to the higher instances of people being killed from injury and from disease for which no antibiotic was available.

Our ancestors ate local fresh produce, they grew their own fruits and vegetables and raised livestock for slaughter. They did not eat packaged and processed foods and it was uncommon to see overweight individuals. Their lifestyle kept them busy all the time. They were active, healthy people so long as their food supply was sufficient for their needs and they were not affected by violence or the elements.

Calcium and Paleo

One concern that many people have when first starting the Paleo diet is will they lack calcium. People have been taught to think that they need to consume dairy to promote healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.

You will still be getting calcium on the Paleo diet, you will just be getting your daily amount from different sources. Instead of drinking milk and eating cheese you will be getting calcium from your fruits and vegetables.

Our body needs to balance the amount of calcium it receives daily. All foods are processed through our kidneys and this is where bone demineralization takes place. When you eat foods which produce high amounts of acid in your body, especially sugar, the kidneys force out excess calcium.

The acid producing foods which we consume too much of are hard grains, cereals, cheese and salty foods. Acid must balance with alkaline which is found in citrus fruits and vegetables. So when you increase the amount of these good alkaline foods your body will balance its calcium level. You are unlikely to become calcium deficient just because you changed your diet to Paleo.

If you follow the guidelines to the Paleo Diet you will start to lose weight, sleep better and have more energy. In the long run you will likely live longer and suffer less inflammatory types of disease.

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