We're so glad that you will be enthusiastic about the Paleo diet. Let me shed a little light on your questions. First, the Paleo diet isn't a raw diet. You are able to cook all you eat. Whenever we say when you can eat it organic, you can eat it”, it is just a saying to understand what foods to avoid. You are unable to eat yucca or white potatoes fresh without getting sick, and that means you shouldn't eat them upon this diet. The theory is that those foods contain dangerous anti-nutrients that, even though prepared, can wreak havoc on one's body. So we prevent them altogether. That said, you can certainly cook all of your food, just stick to the Paleo approved food categories. I've amended the veggies section, in the event anyone else was confused, thank you for your feedback.
Both the Paleolithic and South Beach diets limit refined carbohydrates, sugar and trans body fat. In both diets, complete, unprocessed foods are favored over prepared and refined products. The Paleolithic Diet and South Beach Diet are both considered low-carb diets, although South Beach Diet does indeed contain some sugars, especially during the later phases. Aside from the first phase of the South Beach Diet, both programs allow some berry consumption, unlike many other low-carbohydrate diets.
In the broader sense, firmly following a list of good” and bad” or allowed” and not allowed” foods tends to be difficult for most people. Generally, this approach leads to anxiety and all-or-nothing thinking. Maybe it does make us feel more confident and (falsely) sure of ourselves in the short term. But it's less effective in the long-term - because in the long run, it reduces our consistency.
I'm an individual trainer and even though I'm not a nutritionist or dietician, I would suggest a improved Paleolithic diet to my clients. Eating organic or grass fed meat would be ideal but sadly too costly. However, there is no downside to consuming more fresh fruits, fruit and vegetables, avoiding processed foods and reducing or eliminating sugars and salt. It is not an uphill task get started with Paleolithic diet, taking into consideration the innumerable health advantages it offers. Though it may appear difficult, we can all take steps to eliminate the refined glucose and man-made foods from our diet. The research proves that it would enhance our health, reducing the chance of varied types of diseases.