For the past few days I’ve been sticking quite strictly within the Paleo eating guidelines. The substance of the diet / method / lifestyle really sits quite easily with me, however in order to make it work for me I need to have a number of ‘go to’ items that I can get on the run without having planned too far ahead.
Yesterday this meant browsing label after label in Whole Foods Kensington, however my effort did bear fruit in the shape of a…fruit bar. But before getting to the stage of purchase I had to make sure I was sticking within the guidelines. Let’s start at the beginning…
What is Paleo?
According to The Paleo Periodical it is;
Often the default term to refer to a high fat, low/no carb diet that strives to eliminate dairy, sugars, legumes, and grains. In specific, it refers to Dr. Loren Cordain‘s dietary recommendations.
Ok, so what does Dr. Cordain say it is?
The Paleo Diet is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Under the what to eat section of Dr. Cordain’s website he lists the following;
- Grass-produced meats
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
Well the bar definately doesn’t come under fresh fruit seeing as it comes in a packet and has a use by date of May 2013. This led me to the next conundrum, how hardcore do I want to be?
The answer is – not very. I just want to try cutting out all the additives and processed elements out of my diet and see what change that makes. And it needs to work for me, other wise it will just be a fad.
Apart from the fresh element the nakd bar that I bought ticked my personal boxes. It’s just fruit and it has nothing artificial (no added sugar, syrups, wheat, dairy or GMO). It’s not even baked, it is cold pressed to form the bar.
It’s tasty, quick, clean and readilly available. My only problem is not having too many of them as they are quite high in carbs from the natural sugar in the fruit.
Stats for a 68g bar;
Whilst probably not strictly Paleo, it is close enough for me.