There was an excellent article in The Times today that on the whole was very Paleo positive… without mentioning Paleo of course!
It probably comes as no surprise that only 40% of people have breakfast in the morning – and those that do are prone to irritability and weight gain. Tel Aviv University researchers have found that, as all of us Paleo followers already know, that not all calories are equal! The body is much better at utilising calories first thing in the morning. So, larger meals first thing not only help the body by using the calories more effectively, but blood sugar levels are levelled after being depleted when asleep.
So, what are we told by The Times we should be eating for breakfast? This is the part I was waiting to read about lots of wholemeal toast and porridge! However…
When it comes to the meal itself, carb-dominant breakfasts in the form of cereals, bagels or toast are out. Some wholegrains are OK, but studies have shown that it is the addition of protein to breakfast that slows digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness throughout the morning
Hallelujah! Wipe out the ‘some wholegrains’ are OK, and you have one of the key Paleo guidelines!
Good news for the Paleo diet…
And, it gets better for us Paleo diet lovers…
Yet perhaps the best thing you can eat for breakfast is an egg … whereas a three-egg a week upper limit was once the official recommendation, there is now a green light to eat as many as we like.
The only shame about this statement was that it was within the Times 2 supplement and not on the front page of the main paper!
So, how many eggs can you get through on the Paleo diet?
I recently asked this question on Google+ … and there seemed to be answers at both end of the scale. People either ate none at all, or lots! On average about 18 a week per person. I’m probably above that high end – depending on whether or not I’ve had the time to make some Paleo Caveman Crunch from civilizedcavemancooking.com to get me through the non-egg days!
Getting through a lot of eggs is a whole lot easier with some nice grass fed bacon too!
Source of quotes and research: Times2, The Times, 15th August 2013 – full article (Note: you need to be a Times subscriber to read online)