Paleo-Curious? Eggs Are A Whole, Paleo-Friendly Food
When it comes to eating healthy, these days it can be tough to keep your head above water. The sea of diet terms, trends—and even “facts”—changes every day. Grain-free? Gluten-free? The Paleo Movement? If you’re curious about whether these options are right for you, I’m going to break down the Paleo Movement into easy-to-digest information.
You see, the grocery stores you and I walk through every week are very different from our grandparents’ grocery stores. Foods laden with refined sugar clog the aisles and package labels tout extraordinary health claims at every turn. Even health-conscious shoppers think they’re doing the right thing by filling their carts with instant oats, whole grain breads, and non-fat yogurts…but are they? Well, not according to the Paleo lifestyle.
Back in history, back in health
“Paleo”—short for Paleolithic, doesn’t mean you have to eat like a caveman. However, it does call for us to eat the types of foods our Paleolithic Era ancestors would have hunted or foraged. Put into the simplest terms, the Paleo lifestyle has these basic rules: eat whole foods and avoid heavily-processed foods. You can find health benefits in simple, whole foods while eliminating foods that don’t promote health in your body.
Changing your eating habits can seem daunting at first, especially when you realize that you’re not going to rely on the cheap filler ingredients you may have been eating for decades. A few tips and tricks to keep in mind:
- Walk the perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where the “real foods” are.
- Read before you eat. If you are going to buy something packaged, read the label very carefully for hidden ingredients.
- Prioritize your spending by ingredient: 1) High-quality fats and oils 2) Proteins—meats, seafood, eggs. Know what the animals ate and where they came from. 3) Carbohydrates—vegetables and fruits. In season and locally grown fruits and veggies are always your best option. Know what organic means and when it’s important—check out the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen List”.
Eggs—a natural, Paleo-perfect whole food
Diane Sanfilippo says it best in her book Practical Paleo, “We are not smarter than nature. We cannot make food better than nature. We need to eat real, whole food—period.”
One of those whole foods is the egg. If you’re following the Paleo Lifestyle, the egg will be one of your go-to foods—a great source of protein, vitamins, and other egg nutrition most people’s diets currently lack. And if you’re increasing the number of eggs you eat, you want to make sure they’re Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs. You’ll always know your eggs are safe to eat in any form and come from hormone-free chickens.
Remember—a diet is temporary. Success comes by adopting an entirely new way of thinking about, looking at, and eating food over the long term. A lifestyle change for a lifetime is the only path to success!
Paleo recipes with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs
Take your first steps down the Paleo path with this great new Paleo Mayonnaise recipe using Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs.
Or try this versatile Paleo crepes recipe!
If this has piqued your interest in Paleo, go ahead and enjoy real food, including Safest Choice™ Eggs—pasteurized in an all-natural warm water bath to eliminate the risk of Salmonella!