The Paleo Diet Beginner’s Guide

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The Paleo Diet Beginner’s Guide

Is eating like a caveman for you? Here’s the rationale behind the Paleo plan—and the seven basic rules you need to get started.

Fat is a big part of Paleo eating—it’s essential to keeping you full and energized—but not all fats are encouraged. Steer clear of saturated fats found in processed meats and butter; polyunsaturated vegetable oils, which are higher in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids; and the trans fats that hide in many baked goods and processed foods. Instead, stock your pantry with artery-friendly monounsaturated fats from olive oil, nuts and avocados, as well polyunsaturated omega-3s found in fish oils. “Macadamia nuts are my favorite snack,” says Sisson. “They are just the king of nuts—high in monounsaturated fat, low in omega-6 fats.”

One more Paleo diet staple worth mentioning here: Coconuts. Their meat, milk and oil are also considered a healthy saturated fat, so you’ll find them in many Paleo recipes


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