28 Oct An Easy Step to Feeling Great- Thr1ve With The Paleo Diet
Josh Sparks, Founder and CEO of the successful THR1VE super-food café group suggests that the ideal first step towards looking, feeling and performing better is to follow the basics of the Paleo diet for just 30 days, to see how it works for you.
Josh says, “On the basis of my personal experiences, and that of friends and family, I was so strongly convinced about the benefits of the Paleo diet that I launched a healthy fast food company with a menu entirely inspired by the Paleo diet.”
“My beliefs have been confirmed by both the rapid growth of the business and the very positive feedback we receive from our customers about how much better they feel.”
The Paleo diet simply involves:
Eating high quality meat and seafoods; lots of non-starchy fresh veggies; and limited amounts of fresh fruit (to control sugar consumption), nuts and seeds, and herbs and spices.
NOT eating grain products (bread, pasta and rice), legumes, dairy products and anything with added sugar.
One or two high intensity exercise sessions, ideally strength training, to maximise results.
Delicious and nutritious, no weighing or measuring, and no counting calories – what could be easier?
The Paleo diet is based on the food groups consumed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors in the Paleolithic period long before man learned how to grow crops and became dependent on foods made from grains (wheat, barley, rice, etc.). The key differences between Paleo and modern diets are that the Paleo diet contained about twice as much protein; it’s high in fibre; and low in carbohydrates.
Non-starchy vegetables contain eight times more fiber than whole grains and 30 times more than refined grains. Fruits contain twice as much fiber as whole grains and seven times more than refined grains.
Proponents of the Paleo diet argue it is much easier for the human digestive system to process food that is low in carbohydrates. It’s claimed human genetics and our digestive system have changed very little since the dawn of agriculture which means our bodies are still best suited to a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates – and particularly low in sugars.
Some meal ideas from the THR1VE menu follow:
Breakfast Two eggs, free range bacon or smoked salmon, with smashed avocado.
Lunch Grilled lemon and herb chicken, served on salad greens, with cucumber and tomato spicy salsa.
Dinner Grass fed steak, sweet potato and cauliflower mash, or broccoli with chilli and crushed almonds.
Snacks A few almonds or macadamias.
For more meal ideas visit www.thr1ve.me or visit one of the online libraries of Paleo recipes.