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Pros and cons of the Paleo Diet

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You may be hearing the word "Paleo Diet" more and more these days and have wondered what the diet that tells you to "eat like a caveman" is all about. Fox 9 fitness expert Ali Holman from stopped by with Chef Daniel Green to not only give the pros and cons of the "Paleo Diet", but explain what it is and try some recipes that stay true to the guidelines of "Caveman Eating".

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The Paleo diet attempts to mimic the food intake of our distant ancestors by excluding foods that entered the human diet during the Neolithic Age, mostly grains, legumes, and other products of agriculture. The Paleo diet focuses on foods that are edible in their natural state and would have been available to low-technology hunter/gatherers. The kinds of foods the Paleo diet allow are meats (especially seafood, lean meats and organ meats like liver and kidneys), raw vegetables (especially roots vegetables like carrots, but not potatoes), nuts (especially walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia, and almonds) and fruits (especially berries). Proponents of the diet claim that not only will it prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but it also leads to a gradual realization of an individual's ideal body weight, maximum health and top athletic performance.

Possible Paleo Diet side effects:

"Low Carb Flu"

Some people experience lethargy, fatigue, irritability and shakiness when first eliminating starches, grains and legumes from their diet. Although you can eat sufficient carbs from plants on the Paleo diet, the change in overall carb consumption may be quite dramatic if your former diet was heavy on breads, pastas and beans. The low-carb flu symptoms usually last at most three to four weeks, and during this time, your body shifts into burning fats as a fuel source instead of carbohydrates. You can reduce the low-carb flu effect by gradually lowering your carbohydrate consumption, instead of going cold turkey on your diet overhaul.


Some people on long-term low-carbohydrate diets report hypothyroid symptoms, such as fatigue, sluggishness and sensitivity to cold.


You might experience cravings for sugar and other non-Paleo options like French fries or potato chips during the first couple of weeks of transitioning to a Paleo diet.

Recipes Shown by Daniel Green (


Serves 4

Prep time 10 minutes

4 large oranges

4 chicken breasts

Handful fresh coriander leaves

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

pomegranate seeds

Take off the skin from the chicken breasts and slice each one into about 4-5 strips. Heat a non stick pan with a tablespoon of olive oil over a high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes on each side then turn off the heat. Let the chicken stand until cool so it cooks all the way through. Now peel the oranges and slice into ½ inches and place in a large mixing bowl, roughly chop the coriander and add to the bowl, drizzle the bowl with olive oil ,lemon juice and pomegranate seeds, toss well and serve with the grilled chicken


Serves 4

2 lbs chicken breast with no skin

1 red onion sliced

1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

3-4 dried limes leaves

400ml low fat coconut milk

500g fresh spinach

2 tablespoons olive oil

Handful fresh coriander leave chopped

Take a large non stick pan and heat on high adding the oil. Cook the onions for 3-5 minutes, turning as you do. Now cut the chicken into cubes or slice and add to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes turning the chicken . Add the curry paste and coconut milk and lower the heat to low. Then add the lime leaves and spinach

Simmer for 8 minutes covered

Take off the heat and serve with coriander

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