The Paleo diet has a lot in common with many other healthy eating plans out there such as the Mediterranean diet and vother low carb diets. I see all these diets having far more similarities than differences and all of them focus on eating unprocessed healthy real food. Focusing on just that alone, arguably gets you a very long way towards good dietary well-being.
However, one key difference with the Paleo diet is that it recommends avoiding or limiting grains. This is because there is growing evidence of the link between components of grains called lectins and the damaging role they play in terms of gut health. Alongside this, there has lately been significant scientific advances in understanding how vitally important our gut health is for both mental and physical well-being. Gut inflammation is now linked with a huge range of serious chronic conditions. Two of the many advantages of a Paleo diet is that it is both naturally anti-inflammatory and it removes many of the substances that harm our gut lining in the first place.
This new knowledge is gaining ground and the Paleo diet seems to be increasingly popular in Scotland and across the rest of the UK. A lot of people message me or ask me about it and a very common question is 'but what you do have for breakfast'? I understand this as most 'normal' breakfasts are invariably grain based options such as toast, cereal and muesli. Breakfast can therefore seem like a massive change. However, as with all things in the Paleo diet, it really can be about focusing on simple healthy foods that thankfully (for me) don't require any tricky cooking skills.
For breakfast you are ideally wanting to have a good amount of protein and some healthy fats. The protein and fats will keep your blood sugar levels stable as you start the day and provide a slow release of energy to keep you full until lunchtime. You can also add in some carbs either from fruits or vegetables. Eating vegetables for breakfast can seem odd at first but you really do get used to it quickly.
Good sources of protein are eggs, chicken, protein powders and nuts and seeds. Fats can also come from nuts and seeds and from olive oil, coconuts, avocado and coconut yoghurt or Greek yogurt (if you tolerate dairy). Depending on what you choose to have, you can add sliced mixed greens or other vegetables to a savoury breakfast and fruit or fruit smoothies to sweeter tasting breakfasts.
An easy breakfast is the classic cooked breakfast with eggs and bacon and some cooked veggies. This gives you your protein and vegetables and fibre and cooking in coconut oil or butter/ghee adds healthy fats. Other options for breakfast are protein smoothies, Paleo pancakes made with nut flours and nut based granolas served with a smoothie bowl or a plant milk. You can also make 'bread' from nuts, seeds and eggs that taste so much better than than that sounds!
You can find all my Paleo breakfast recipes and ideas here and all of them are simple to make, delicious and good for you. There are also similar ingredients in many of the recipes so that makes it easier too. There is even a very healthy breakfast cake there for a weekend treat! In my world, breakfast isn't breakfast without good coffee too and thankfully there is also new evidence showing that in moderation this too is good for you. What is not to love? I hope you enjoy the recipes and please share to anybody you think would like them,