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What You Should Know About Paleo Diet

This article is made of quotes from the book "Free The Animal: Lose Weight & Fat With The Paleo Diet" by Richard Nikoley.

Eat real food. This includes meat, fish, fowl; natural fats from animals, coconuts, nuts and olives; and veggies and fruits

Cut out grains, sugar, and vegetable and seed oils. Cut out all processed food in boxes, bags, and cans derived in large measure from these cheap and nutritionally vapid industrial sources.

Allow yourself to go hungry every day, at least a little. The first meal of the day is a good time—don't eat until you're truly hungry. Every once in a while, go hungry for a whole day.

Get sensible sunlight exposure. We evolved outdoors, in the sun. Much like plants need photosynthesis, we need the sun and its vitamin D synthesis on our skin. You should probably get extra vitamin D through supplements. Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin, but a proto-hormone with many functions. It’s generally not available in the diet, with the exception of small amounts in things like fish livers. 

Run very fast sometimes, play hard when you can, and push and lift heavy things around when you have the urge.

Always try to work out hungry, just like animals hunt hungry.

Get lots of sleep.

Have sex. Evolutionarily, it’s the only reason we’re here, which means it’s integral to our very being. Modernity has afforded us means by which sex can be enjoyed privately in many ways, without fear of societal judgment. Whatever it is you like, go for it and enjoy it.

Good health is natural. It’s not something that needs to be industrialized or drug-induced. 

Watch Fat Head documentary (available on NetFlix and Hulu).

A diet high in grains may also reduce the body’s ability to process vitamin D.

  • Meat (including any organ meats you might like) 
  • Poultry Fish and shellfish 
  • Most vegetables (keep potatoes to minimum) 
  • Some fruits (berries and melons, primarily) 
  • Nuts Fats (lard, tallow, butter, ghee, coconut oil, red palm oil, olive oil) 
  • Dairy (if you aren’t lactose intolerant), such as milk, cheese, cottage cheese, and heavy cream Herbs and spices of all sorts

Stay away from grain-based products.

Stay away from all vegetable/grain/seed oils, except olive, sesame, coconut, and palm (no canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, etc).

Intermittent Fasting (IF) simulates the unavailability of food that our ancestors experienced, stimulating the reprogramming of our ancestral appetites and metabolism.

Fasting also heightens the senses and stimulates heightened cognitive function.

When you fast for more extended periods, your cells clean out and recycle your intracellular garbage.

Imagine living in a time when humans depended on their strength and endurance to meet their basic survival needs. Imagine having a body that could sprint, hunt, and play.

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