I’m sure most of you have heard of the Paleo Diet by now but do you know how it works? Or what Paleo really means? Well, now you can find out all about it and see if Paleo Diet is right for you!
It’s a diet popularized by Loren Cordain, based on the notion that we should eat more like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the Paleolithic humans. That doesn’t mean just avoiding processed foods or sugar and salt, but also any foods which started being consumed after the Paleolithic era when humans changed from nomad hunter-gatherers to sedentary agriculturists. Ok, so now you’ve learned where the Paleo in Paleo Diet comes from. But you might still be left scratching your head at what exactly you’re supposed to eat. You know the diet part in Paleo Diet. Let’s explore the Paleo Diet and its 7 key points.
Nothing basic about these Paleo Diet Basics!
Essentially, the Paleo Diet is trying to work with your genetics and not against them. It’s a modern adaptation to the food groups available to hunter-gatherer humans. It’s not focused so much on weight loss as it is on promoting a healthy, long-lived life. The weight loss comes as a natural consequence of the change in your diet to a healthier one. So let’s end the suspense already – here are the 7 Paleo Diet basics:
- More proteins – meat, seafood and even organs. The modern diet is lower in protein than our ancestors’ diet. By increasing the protein amount, you’ll improve your muscle strength, bone health and feel stronger and fitter. Proteins also make you feel fuller, which will make you eat less.
- Fewer carbs – the only carbs in your diet should be those you get from fresh fruit and vegetables. Sugar in fruit and vegetable digest slower with longer time at a steady pace. There wouldn’t be spikes, keeping your blood sugar stable.
- Switch out the saturated fats in your diet for healthy unsaturated fats with high levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6. This will help your cholesterol and lower the risks of heart disease and diabetes. And you’ll shed the pounds much easier too.
- More fiber – Try to get your fiber from fruit and vegetables instead of from grains, as they contain a lot more fiber and grains can cause autoimmune reactions in many people.
- Low sodium, high potassium – low potassium levels can cause the same kind of reactions high sodium levels do: elevated blood pressure, a high risk of strokes or heart disease. So increase your potassium, and lay off the salt.
- More vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – vitamin, mineral and antioxidant are key parts of human body. Eat good quality and chemical-free fruits, vegetable and meat.
- Balance your diet – in the digestion process some foods generate acid (meat, fish, salt, grains, starches) and some are alkaline (fruit and vegetables). Keep things balanced to improve your natural health!
So, to sum it up: DO eats meat, fish, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and healthy fats and keeps your diet balanced. DON’T eat dairy, grains, starches, processed foods, salt, refined sugar or any artificial food flavor.
Ok, but what’s in it for me?
The Paleo Diet sounds simple enough, but is it worth it? What kind of benefits can you reap from the Paleo Diet? We’ve combed through various testimonials of people who’ve gone Paleo’ and assembled a list with the 6 most reported benefits:
- An overall improvement in health and general state. You have more energy, your workouts are more vigorous, you sleep better and you feel younger.
- Weight loss
- Reduced risk of serious illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes.
- Higher immunity and lower susceptibility to autoimmune disorders, your allergies reduce in intensity and number
- Better teeth from eating less processed sugars
- Glory skin smoothness.
The Paleo Blues
So if the Paleo Diet is so good for you why isn’t everyone eating like a caveman already? Well, the truth is that we don’t really know exactly what Paleolithic humans ate and due to differences in climate and location it’s likely various Stone-Age people ate various things based on what was available. They probably still ate grains and legumes, for instance. Moreover, the digestive systems of humans have changed through evolution and we can now digest some things better than we might have in the past. So the Paleo Diet may not get you in touch with your inner hunter-gather after all. But, bottom line, much of the Paleo Diet is based on accepted knowledge of weight loss and healthy lifestyle choices so it definitely won’t hurt you!
What Do You Think?
Will you be trying the Paleo Diet? Have you already tried it? Have any yummy recipes to share? Keep the conversation going and tell us about your experiences with the Paleo Diet below. Paleo is for a healthy life ! fgf