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Paleo Diet: The Best Foods For Your Paleo Diet

The paleo diet is based roughly on what our ancestors were probably eating during the Paleolithic era (around 2 ½ million years ago). Did I ever mention that science is wrong from time to time?

The diet is extremely healthy and wholesome if you follow it. Thousands of people all over the world rave about the health benefits and great results they get from it

Like any diet, it is not the end all and be all, no diet ever is, but it’s a great life style to adopt.

The diet itself is pretty easy to understand. You have a list of foods that you can eat and a list of foods that you should not eat. Pretty much like any diet.

It’s very basic and anybody can understand it. Unlike other diets which use nutrient timings, food combinations, detoxes, lemonade, etc. the paleo diet is straightforward.

However, it is not an easy diet to follow.

Paleo Diet: There Is A Challenge

The biggest complaint about it is the initial challenge people go through. You’ll have cravings that will be gnawing at you constantly. Those cravings are the exact same cravings you would go through if you were a drug addict that quits your drug of choice.

It’s just like that because it’s exactly what you’re doing… you’re going to be coming off a drug addiction. In this case, the drug is sugar.

Once you get past letting go of your sugar cravings, it will be smooth sailing.

So what are the best paleo foods?

The paleo foods you eat are nutrient dense and natural. In the purest forms of the paleo diet you eat organic produce and grass-fed meats. Even eggs should be free range.

If you can do that, fantastic! However that would be a little on the expensive side. So, if you can’t afford organic vegetables and grass-fed meats, then by all means get the normal produce and meats.

Just stick to the food list recommended below.

There are many types of foods you can eat while on the paleo diet.

Paleo Diet: The Foods

Meats
Poultry, Bacon, Pork, Ground Beef, Grass Fed Beef, Chicken Thigh, Chicken Leg, Chicken Wings, Turkey, Chicken Breast, Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops, Steak, Veal, Lamb rack, Shrimp, Lobster, Clams, Salmon, Venison Steaks, Buffalo, New York Steak, Lamb Chops, Rabbit, Goat, Elk, Emu, Goose, Kangaroo, Bear, Beef Jerky, Eggs, Bison, Bison Steaks, Bison Jerky, Bison Ribeye, Bison Sirloin, Wild Boar, Reindeer, Turtle, Ostrich, Pheasant, Quail, Lean Veal, Chuck Steak, Rattlesnake

OK… some of those are a little crazy but you get the idea. There are a lot of choices which means it’s easier to do paleo than most other nutrition plans.

Pick and choose what you like and eat those. It does not have to be a rigid diet. Some flexibility is good.

Vegetables
Asparagus, Avocado, Artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Spinach, Celery, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cabbage, Peppers (All Kinds), Cauliflower, Parsley, Eggplant, Green Onions

Fats
Avocado Oil, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Macadamia Oil, Grass fed Butter

Nuts
Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Macadamia Nut, Walnuts

Fruit
Apple, Avocado, Blackberries, Papaya, Peaches, Plums, Mango, Lychee, Blueberries, Grapes, Lemon, Strawberries, Watermelon, Pineapple, Guava, Lime, Raspberries, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, Figs, Oranges

The one thing that may be missing and glaring obvious to you is the lack of grains, breads, crackers, cookies, cakes and other similar crap that you don’t need at all.

Some people will argue that our Paleolithic ancestors ate grains. Yes they did. They ate grains that weren’t refined, processed, chemically altered or bleached unlike the ones we eat.

They also walked everywhere didn’t have heat or air conditioning and couldn’t go through the drive thru when they were hungry.

Some people think that a paleo diet removes carbs. It doesn’t. It removes crappy carbs but you can have all the vegetables you want, those are carbs.

If you consume only the foods on the list above, you will notice your health improve. You will look and feel better.

If you eat sensibly and follow this diet, your results will be fantastic.

When you change to a paleo based diet, the results can be amazing in a relatively short period of time.

If you are looking to lose weight, drop inches fast, increase your energy and feel better overall, you really should look at a paleo based eating plan.

The Metabolism Reset is a complete weight loss and body transformation plan that teaches you how to reset your metabolism so that your body can burn fat more efficiently.

It has over 100 recipes all based on the paleo diet but it doesn’t just stop at proper nutrition. The Metabolism Reset Plan includes complete nutrition education and an exercise plan to boost your results in no time at all… naturally and safe.

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Paleo Diet: The Problem With Paleo

Paleo diet plans are really popular right now, well the have been for some time, but they are gaining in popularity.

First off, I really don’t like names or labels but for a point of reference we are going to go over what paleo eating is.

As with anything, there are many interpretations of what a paleo diet is. It’s much like being a vegetarian. There some are ovo lacto vegetarians, some are just ovo vegetarians, and on and on – you get where I am coming from right?

There are different classes of the paleo diet as well.

The problem with the paleo diet is only a problem with some old school thinking.

Paleo is essentially removing processed grains and dairy from your diet.

Let’s be clear what processed grains are: crackers, bread, pasta,cereal, muffins etc. Refined flour. Dairy is cows milk and anything that is made from it – sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt.

I don’t want to get all sciencey with you but…

You don’t need either one of those “food” groups. They are not essential to life or body operations. Neither of them are considered nutrients…. they are classes of food.

Let’s break this down quickly.

Paleo Diet And Carbohydrates

You still eat carbs on a paleo diet, hooray!! You just eat better carbohydrates.

  • There is no such thing as a processed carb deficiency #science
  • No one is or ever had been refined sugar deficient

The government and antiquated education programs drilled it deep into our brains that we need all of these grains! The truth, and scientific research has proven, we don’t need them.

For those old school physicians, dieticians and health organizations (looking at your Diabetics society and cancer society) that have been taught to push grains, they will argue that you neeeeeeeed them.

  • We need to eat real food.
  • Unprocessed real food.

Veggies are carbs people – start cheering vegans.

You get better vitamins and minerals from veggies then you will ever get from bread and crackers.

Veggies will do the job 10x better than any cereal or bread that has been fortified. It’s been fortified or ‘enriched’ because it was stripped of anything good.

So are we good?!

You do not physiologically need processed refined carbohydrates.

Paleo Diet And Dairy

Dairy… I need a shirt, dairy is the devil.
Again, we have been brain washed that dairy is vital to growth.

Get ready for more science…

Dairy, or any form of dairy is growth hormone for baby cows. Cows milk helps get baby cows to grow at a rapid rate – they need them big, fast.

And what has happened to our population with the over consumption of dairy…we got big, fast.

Cows milk contains an allowable amount of puss, antibiotics, growth hormone, medications, infection. Allowable by the government.

No other species on earth drinks another animals milk – so why do we?

Why…

  • are we so sick as a nation?
  • is cancer and diabetes a 1/3 stat now?
  • do little girl develop so quickly?
  • are women struggling with infertility, fibroids and having hysterectomies at an alarming pace?
  • do so many women struggling with thyroid issues?
  • is Alzhemier’s and dementia on the rise?

There are a number of reasons for the above questions, but dairy consumption and eating processed food is at the top of the list.

Let food be thy medicine people!

You can abuse and hurt yourself with food or you can let food nourish and heal you.

I have been honored to work with thousands of people over the course of my career and I have seen first hand the benefits of eating real food.

It is life changing.

Need a few more reasons why eating real food is the way to go?

If you have an undiagnosed allergy, sensitivity, intolerance to processed carbs or dairy, a paleo diet will almost certainly help. Undiagnosed, because so many practitioners are stuck in old ways of thinking.

Some Of The Benefits Of A Paleo Diet

  • anti inflammatory
  • reduces your sugar cravings/consumption
  • improved sleep
  • clearer skin
  • burn stored fat
  • balanced energy throughout the day

How Much Do I Believe In The Paleo Diet?

I live it. I am paleo myself.

The Metabolism Rest Plan was re-designed to be paleo based because the private clients that I had adhering to paleo were having great results. (New 28 Day session starting September 5th – click here to learn more

Like anything in life… you take what you want and use what works for you.
For many, the paleo diet works, makes sense and when you realize you don’t need the foods that aren’t considered to be paleo, it becomes easier.

What do you think?
Agree / disagree – have you tried or are doing paleo? I’d love to hear from you.

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“Show Me The Salad Challenge” – FREE eBook & A Fun Challenge

“SHOW ME THE SALAD CHALLENGE”
Remember Jerry McGuire (aka Tom Cruise) on the verge of losing his last client yelling into the phone to Rod Tidwell (aka Cuba Gooding Jr), “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!”

That’s what I see happening next week with the, “Show Me The Salad” Challenge on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

OK, maybe not exactly that, but I would love to see some #ShowMeTheSalad love next week when we kick off the…

“Show Me The Salad Challenge”.

And to get it all started, I’m giving you a 25 page eBook full of recipes, videos, meal planning ideas, tips, tricks and tools to help you make salad more than just a side dish… you’ll make salad a meal!

Whether you decide to join the challenge is up to you, but you get the eBook and a couple more surprises absolutely free.

The Show Me The Salad Challenge eBook is delicious recipes, amazing dressings and a meal plan that will give you hundreds of ideas and combinations to make boring lettuce turn into amazing creations.

And it’s all based on how I live when it comes to food:

  • Simple
  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Fun &
  • Healthy

Now, if you want to join in the challenge part of it all you are welcome to it and who wouldn’t want to do it… you can WIN a Kitchen Essentials Salad Pro Pack or an Amazon Gift Card and it super simple to do.

Kitchen Essentials Salad Pro PackJust make or buy a salad, take a picture of it, add some tags, post it and collect your points! (I mean you’re probably already doing that right? And is anyone giving you stuff for it? I AM!!!)

This couldn’t be easier!

Plus, in the process of having some fun and taking some pictures, you’re also improving your health, getting great nutrition into your day and more than likely having awesome energy and maybe even losing a few pounds along the way (There is an amazing DETOX SALAD RECIPE).

So join the #ShowMeTheSalad challenge, eat great and win-win-win-win.

 

Here’s how to get your free e-book:

Click here… that’s it, that’s all. 

From there you will be sent the e-book and learn all the details for the contest and how you can earn points to get you to the winner’s circle.

You can call this the, “Winner, Winner – Chicken Salad Dinner”. (you see what I did there right?)

So, click the link or the picture below and join us!
SHOW ME THE SALAD LINK

Show Me The Salad Challenge By Dr Carrie Burrows
Full contest rules
Kitchen Essentials Salad Pro Pack
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Rainbow Wrap: Gluten Free, Paleo And Delicious!

Rainbow wrap snack time has become a new top request in my home! Either as a great little snack or an awesome lunch choice. They are so easy to make and incredibly versatile.

I know, when you hear ‘Rainbow Wrap’ your mind immediately sends you a picture of a typical wrap with some colorful insides or maybe even a roll from your favorite sushi restaurant.

Hopefully that will all change when you try this Rainbow Wrap because this wrap is made entirely from veggies with an option for protein and of course a few dipping sauces that I know you’ll love!

You start with ditching the conventional wrap and replacing it with a hearty Collard Greens Leaf!

That’s right… a collard leaf!

Now, I was a little hesitant at the thought of using a raw collard leaf. Don’t get me wrong. I love collard greens when they’re cooked, but a big old raw leaf? Absolutely! [Video Below of Both Original & Vegan Version]

Carrie’s Rainbow Wrap

Ingredients

  • Collard Leaves
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Rice / Quinoa
  • Cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • Chicken
  • jalapeño (optional, but gives a nice kick and a great taste)

Directions

  1. Select collard leaves that are large without any holes. Using a paring knife, trim the spine of the leaf to make it about the thickness of the rest of the leaf. This takes some time and practice but it allows the leaf to bend without breaking.
  2. Cook your rice or quinoa and allow to cool.
  3. Cook your chicken the way you like. I used left over grilled chicken breast.
  4. Julienne the carrot, cucumber, red pepper and red cabbage.
  5. Lay your collard leaf, spine down and add a couple of teaspoons of rice / quinoa, your chicken and the vegetables.

Fold and roll.

Enjoy!

Sauces… I had three sauces for the video.
1) Sriracha & Garlic Aioli
2) Liquid Aminos & Sesame Oil with Green Onion
3) Thai Peanut Sauce

Go ahead and make these for yourself! They are a great recipe to add to your collection, especially with summer and fresh vegetables upon us!

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PS – Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the sauce recipes in my newsletter.

Rainbow Wrap

Vegetarian Rainbow Wrap

Carrot Cake Energy And Protein Balls: Paleo Goodness

When you think of Easter you think, “Bunnies” and when you think of bunnies you think of carrots!

Carrot Cake is my husbands favorite kind of cake so for Easter, we do these up as a little treat.

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Protein Balls
and a special (very limited)
Coconut Cream Icing.

At the bottom of this post there is a link to a Facebook Live I did making these for my #FitFriends!

Enjoy!!

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Paleo Energy Balls

1 Cup peeled and shredded carrots
3/4 Cups pecans
1 Egg white
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons ground Hemp seeds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a bender (I use a NutriBullet), pulse the pecans until they are a fine chop (about four pulses).
  • Whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold together the carrots, pecans and egg whites in a bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon, honey, coconut flour and hemp seeds.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, compress it in your hands and then gently roll into a ball and place on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

1/2 Cup Nut Butter (I used Almond Butter)
1 Cup Oat bran
3/4 Cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Almond Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Cup shredded peeled carrots
2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Once mixed, add in the carrots.
  • Add in the nut butter and honey and mix until it is all together.  Add in the milk a bit at a time to make the dough a good consistency to roll into balls.
  • Roll into balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or plate.
  • Chill in the refrigerator.

Coconut Cream Icing

1/4 cup coconut oil, softened (room temperature)
1/4 cup dairy-free butter substitute, softened (like Earth Balance; I use soy-free.)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sweetener (I use my NutriBullet and blend the sweetener to turn it into powder)
1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk.

Directions

  • Whip coconut oil and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and powdered sweetener, one cup at a time, mixing well between each cup.
  • Add the milk, a little at a time, using less for thick frosting and more for a thin frosting. I used 1 tbsp in the Facebook Live.
  • Store in airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature to use (do not microwave frosting).