What is a Paleo diet?


The dieting industry is constantly attempting to reinvent itself year after year by producing more and more diets. Some turn out to be mere fads: Remember the Atkins Diet? Whilst others tend to have more scientific studies behind them and can help people lose weight and live healthier lifestyles.

Veganism began as one such diet, but has grown at a rapid rate over the past five years into more than just a diet Now, veganism is a lifestyle that many turn to for a number of reasons, and not just health reasons, there are also ethical, economical and climatological reasons behind it too.

Another diet that has become popular in recent times is the Paleo diet: often referred to as the ‘caveman diet’, based on the principle that we should eat a similar diet available to early humans before the invention of most modern foods, such as processed foods, chemically produced foods, even fermented foods.

It is thought that if we adjust our diet to mimic that of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, our body’s natural biological functions will be better supported, improving health as well as digestion.

The main foods that are found on a Palaeolithic diet are:

  • Eggs
  • Meats and Fish
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Select fats and oils, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, lard, tallow and ghee/butter
  • Natural sugar sources, such as honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar.

So, what is cut out of our regular diets to adapt to a Paleo one?

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Processed Sugars
  • Most forms of Dairy

With a focus on whole-food sources of nutrients, Pakistani and Indian cuisine can provide some perfect dishes, like spiced lamb chops, egg bhurji and even garam masala spiced nuts. All of which utilise simple ingredients that eliminate the need for processed foods, replacing them with meats, vegetables, fish and nuts.

You can sample great Indian and Pakistani cuisine at Royal Nawaab’s halal restaurant in London. Visit us today and experience the taste of traditional, banquet style dining.