When it comes to reaching wellness goals, there are few diets that have as much support from the fitness community as Paleo. In fact, Hu Kitchen, which is not only frequented by elite New York athletes, it’s stocked at popular boutique fitness studios like Barry’s Bootcamp, is entirely built around the Paleo diet. The idea behind Paleo is to go back to the way cavemen ate; meaning a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, seafood and healthy fats, while cutting out dairy, grains, legumes, processed foods, starches, alcohol and sugar. Proponents of the diet point to the scientific research that has found that eating this way helps improve blood lipids, weight loss and that it reduces pain from autoimmunity. Detractors underline that it’s not wise to cut out entire food groups unless medical reasons call for it.
No matter which side you’re on, however, there’s no arguing that there are some very real merits to the Paleo way of eating — cutting down on sugar and processed foods will always be a plus. But there’s no need to go extremes and omit, for example, healthy grains and legumes if your body shows no signs of intolerance. It’s also worth bearing in mind that completely cutting out things like milk chocolate and after-work margaritas is simply not feasible in the long term. To ensure dietary success, start off with small steps like breakfast.
To get the ball rolling, here’s a look at 20 amazing Paleo breakfast ideas.