Push plants to the center of the plate. Although cavemen probably didn’t use plates, their bodies benefited from eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables. Variety is key.
Eat lean, grass-fed meats when possible. Pasture-raised animals fed on a diet of grass rather than grain tend to be lower in saturated fat and higher in polyunsaturated fat, including those heart‐healthy omega‐3s.
Add omega‐3s from fish and seafood or plant‐based sources to your diet. Our ancestors ate fish frequently, but, unfortunately, because of the mercury and pollution in our waters, we need to limit our consumption of seafood to no more than two times per week. Walnuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds are excellent plant‐based sources of omega‐3.
Choose whole foods over processed ones. If what you’ve been eating has been processed and manufactured, it’s best to swap it for something from Mother Nature. Store-bought energy and breakfast bars can be loaded with sugar and processed ingredients. Making your own energy mix from nuts, seeds, and fruit is a better option. Opt for nutritious plant-based fats such as cashews, sunflower seeds, and avocados.
Get up and move. Early humans were too busy chasing down their dinner to spend much time sitting down. But now, too many of us spend our days in a chair working at a computer, driving to and from work, and finishing the night reclining in front of the television. Walk to the store. Bike to work. Instead of watching television, end your day with a stroll with a friend or your pet.
Or check out Sun Basket’s weekly meal subscription. It’s an easy way to make the switch to a more paleo friendly diet.
Kaley Todd is Sun Basket’s registered dietitian and the culinary nutritionist. Her goal is to inspire consumers to adopt healthy eating patterns that are easy, attainable, fun and enjoyable. She provides the tools and guidance to make healthy eating convenient, affordable and delicious.