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Hi my name is Emma and I am a health and fitness freak. Well not really, but I do love to keep fit and healthy.

I first heard of the paleo diet a couple of years ago and thought it sounded quite funny. After all, its nick name is the ‘caveman diet’.

What is the Paleo diet? Well in simple terms, it is a diet designed to replicate food that our ancestors or even cavemen used to eat. It is basically eating all natural food that you need to prepare for yourself. So no fast food, no take out, and no packed foods from your grocery store.

So about a year ago after hearing some good things about this diet, I decided to give it a try myself. And boy was I impressed with the results. Not only did I lose weight, but I felt so much better in my day to day life. I had more energy and feel awesome!

I have now been on the Paleo diet since trying it a year ago and plan on continuing it for many years to come. There are occasions that I still go out for dinner, but I am a lot more mindful in what I eat those times. So I would choose a salad rather than a pasta for example.

My other passion to food is exercise and keeping healthy. I exercise every single day from a short 20 minute walk to a 100km bike ride and everywhere in between. I also love diving, swimming, hiking, and rock climbing. And I love talking about exercise and love hearing about tips from others. Always willing to improve myself and I enjoy hanging out with people who are like minded. So I hope that you enjoy my site and everything that I have to say about diets and exercise.

Top Diets for a Healthy, Glowing Body

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Who hasn’t tried an unending list of crash and fad diets? New diets are always popping up, from meal replacement shakes to no-carb diets to veganism to total body cleanses. We’re all looking for ways to eat as healthy as possible, and to keep extra pounds away – but which diets definitely work? Instead of wading your way through the world of diets, try one of the following tried and true methods to make both your body and energy glow with great results.

The DASH Diet

Created in an effort to prevent high blood pressure, and to help those suffering from it to lower their blood pressure, the DASH Diet focuses on overall healthy eating. On this diet, you’ll eat nutrient-rich foods to increase your potassium, calcium, fiber, and protein – but there’s no need to track everything that you eat. Instead, the DASH Diet helps you to eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains while cutting back on sweet treats and red meat. It also helps you to reduce your use and intake of salt to further help that blood pressure.

The Mediterranean Diet

Those who live in the Mediterranean are known for their healthy eating habits – so why not adopt their diet as your own to reap the same benefits? That’s what the Mediterranean Diet aims to do, in addition to helping you lose weight, improve your heart health, and prevent health issues like cancer and diabetes. This diet combines an active lifestyle with a diet that reduces the amount of red meat, sugar, and saturated fats you’re used to eating every day. Instead, you’ll eat more produce, more nuts, and healthier meats like fish on the Mediterranean Diet. Perhaps most appealing of all, this diet doesn’t require you to stick to a strict selection of meals; as long as you follow the principles of the diet at every meal, you won’t have to count calories.

The Paleo Diet

You’ve probably heard of the Paleo Diet as a return to our food roots – a way of eating that attempts to eliminate all of the processed and altered foods that we’ve gotten used to eating in the years since humans have evolved. The Paleo Diet helps you to cut out the processed and carb-loaded foods that cause health problems like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. This diet is also great for reducing wrinkles and general skin health. In an effort to help prevent these diseases and excess weight, this diet has you eat like those of the Paleolithic period: no junk food, no pasta, no salt-laden meals. Instead, you’ll eat like a hunter and gatherer, focusing only on animal proteins and plants.

Paleo Friendly Snacks

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Eating right and adhering to your diet can feel like a chore, no matter how much you enjoy the food you’ve been eating. After all, who wants to eat the same snacks and same meals over and over again for months on end – dulling your taste buds and making you long for the fatty, sugary, and calorie-loaded treats of your previous “bad” diet? When you’re sticking with a paleo diet, free of all that is processed and altered, all that is unnatural in food, it can feel nearly impossible to find items to eat at times. What do you do when you want to grab a snack, and nothing but bags of processed chips and cookies are present? The key is to make your very own snacks – treats that are tasty and easy to carry with you whenever hunger strikes. Here are a few different snacks for paleo dieters looking for delicious and simple food to carry with them.

Brussel Sprout Chips

Vegetables are the perfect snack, but they can’t last long outside of refrigeration – and some even require cooking in order to enjoy them properly. Solve your veggie woes with Brussel sprout chips. Break apart this leafy green vegetable, season with herbs, and bake in the oven until crispy. That way, whenever you’re in the mood for crunchy chips, you have a healthy paleo options: your very own veggie chips.

Avocado and Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are an easy and excellent snack for paleo dieters, but they aren’t always filling on their own. Up the ante of your sunflower seed snack by combining them with a quarter of a ripe, perfectly soft avocado. Together, you’ll get protein and good, healthy fats with zero harmful ingredients.

Homemade Trail Mix

Just because store-bought and pre-made trail mix contains processed candies, salted nuts, and other unknown ingredients doesn’t mean you have to swear off trail mix as a snack. Instead, make your own paleo-friendly version at home with all natural ingredients. Add dried fruit (with no added sugar, of course) and the nuts of your choice, such as macadamias and almonds, and you have a very healthy and delicious snack.

Home-Baked Paleo Protein Bars

Granola bars can be paleo dieters’ worst enemy – they’re processed, prepackaged, full of sugar, and not natural in the slightest. Instead of fretting over premade bars, make your own with ingredients that fit the paleo lifestyle and give you a helpful protein boost. Paleo energy bars are great to keep your at-home bars clean by combining dried fruit, like raisins and cranberries, with nuts that offer the protein that keeps hunger at bay.

Is The Paleo Diet Good For Your Skin?

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Before we get into the matter of whether the Paleo Diet is beneficial to your skin or otherwise, let us first take a look on what this is all about. The term was coined by nutritionist and scientist Loren Cordain to refer to how the population of the Palaeolithic age consumed their food.

Remember that agriculture was not still in existence then and the hunters and gatherers of that era only ate fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and clean meat. Grains and beans were not yet served on their tables. Basically, the diet is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

Now, the question is: is it good for the skin?

Since the nutritional content of the Paleo Diet is mostly high in vitamins and minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, the food products that you consume help your skin become clearer and cleaner. The diet also eliminates food that can lead to inflammation. Skin problems are sometimes triggered by the types of food we take. The Paleo Diet takes out industrial fats and oils that cause acne and eczema, as well as psoriasis.

If you put together a salad dish composed of green leaves, root vegetables, carrots, avocado, red bell pepper, spinach, kale, blueberries, onions and salmon you have great sources of nutrition that will definitely make your skin glow and become more radiant.

How? Let us break down the ingredients and there you will find that:

  • green leaves and root vegetables – are rich in niacin, which are sometimes found in skin creams, maintain healthy cells in the body;
  • carrots – is known to be rich in beta-carotene that yields Vitamin A, which increases skin cell generation and protects our skin from damage;
  • avocado – is a rich source of Vitamin E which prevents the skin from becoming dry, diminishes the free radicals, and shields the skin from the UV rays;
  • red bell pepper – has Vitamin C that protects the skin from wrinkling;
  • spinach and kale – are Vitamin K-rich vegetables that help improves resistance to insulin;
  • blueberries and onions – contain antioxidant qualities that also prevents wrinkles; and
  • salmon – has Omega-3 that keeps the skin from drying, reduces inflammation, and makes the skin soft and supple.

The Top Diets That Do Not Work

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Not all diet programs work. Why it doesn’t work is caused by different factors. You have to take into consideration the type of diet plan that you choose, the kind of lifestyle that you live and your current state of health because there is not one diet that fits all individuals. Here are examples of diets that do not work.

The Dukan Diet. This diet limits the carbohydrates intake and it has four different phases. The first phase lets the person eat unlimited amounts of protein. On the second phase, dieters eat protein and vegetables. The third phase, the dieters can eat starches, fruit cheese and bread in addition to the protein and vegetables and the last phase, the dieters can eat anything as long as they take the stairs whenever they can. Cutting carbohydrates from the diet does not really result into weight loss but water loss. And this may not work because some people in some places in the world have carbohydrates as the bulk of their diet.

The 17 Day Diet. This diet plan also involves cutting back on carbohydrates intake. Dieters are made to substitute unhealthy ingredients with healthy one that can be good for long-term weight loss. However, there are certain aspects about the diet such as the 17-day cycles and the rules about not eating fruit or carbohydrates after 2pm, that didn’t have any basis nor purpose in losing weight.

The Atkins diet. The diet claims that you can lose up to 15 pounds on the first two weeks. This can be achieved by having limited intake of carbohydrates and increasing the fiber intake. Similar to other low-carb diets, what is being lost is water, not the fat.

The HCG diet. Dieters are restricted into consuming 500-800 calories a day, a fraction of the recommended calorie intake, and supplement with HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) injected in the body or taken as a pill. HCG is a type of hormone that the body produces during pregnancy however, this will not likely have any effect when one is trying to lose weight. In fact, this supplement is not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for the purpose of weight loss.

Paleo Diet for Babies

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Paleo diet is also known as the caveman diet or the primal diet and is gaining popularity these days. The diet is mostly composed of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seafood and meat, similar to what our ancestors ate. It is believed that these diet could benefit us since our ancestors never had any history of chronic illnesses.

However, will this also work for babies?

Babies who are in a Paleo diet start their first year of life thriving on their mother’s breast milk. Breast milk is their perfect source of nutrition considering that the components of the milk changes as the child grows older. What’s even better is that the mother’s antibodies are being passed on to the baby through the milk which helps strengthen their immune system. Breastfeeding also protects the baby’s virgin gut and this is one way of supporting healthy digestion when the baby grows older.

However, breastfeeding nowadays poses a big challenge for mothers because of lack of support, may it be from the family, community or government. Some mothers tend to stop breastfeeding even before their baby is ready to take on solid foods. A homemade formula is made instead. When the baby is ready for solid foods at 6 months, instead of introducing commercial rice creals, fruits like avocados and bananas are chosen as a better option. These are pureed using a blender or a food processor.

Many people have questioned this type of diet for babies and kids because grains, potatoes and other processed food are taken out from the menu. These foods contain carbohydrates which the child needs for growth. Food restrictions could also pose a challenge especially when the child starts going to school. But the reality is, this is your call as a parent.

Making decisions involving our children is not easy. Whether you choose to introduce the Paleo diet to your babies is up to you. What’s necessary is for you to research and weigh its pros and cons; from there you make a sound decision. After all, there is no hard and fast rules on parenting.