There are many diets that claim to be the magic formula to good health, but there are very few to which this statement holds true. The Paleo Diet seems to be somewhat of a trend. The Paleo ‘Diet’ isn’t a diet. It’s more a way of life. So much so, that the paleo lifestyle has now become as stylish as a fashion accessory amongst health fanatic hipsters. What has inspired so many people to take up this cult like following when it comes to food? Is the popularity of this cave person lifestyle really what it is all hyped up to be?
The Paleo Diet is based on the lifestyles of our early ancestors. The premise of the paleo diet is eating all natural foods which are produced by no other than mother nature. Foods such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. Processed foods is a major no no! For good measure as well. Considering early man needed to hunt down and earn their food; energy, athleticism and primal instincts were imperative to survival. The average man in today’s society would struggle to survive in an early world of survival of the fittest.
The irony is that, what used to be just a way of life for people as recent as our grandparents has now become somewhat of a phenomena. Like this is a fresh new discovery.
The Cave Person Life
According to research and history, early homo-sapiens hunted and foraged for food. Based on the theory of evolution, the idea behind the Paleo Diet is that our bodies were not designed to digest and break down some of the readily available foods in which we have today. Particularly grains (gluten enriched) and processed foods. Put simply, our digestive systems cannot break down such foods purely due to ill adaptation. Over time, this may change. Gluten tolerance however, is whole other kettle of fish.
Meat, fish, vegetables and fruit have been readily available since the dawn of time. Our digestive response to such foods are far more biologically friendly in regards to digestion, absorption and metabolism in comparison to grains and processed foods. The benefit of eating wholesome, nutrient dense, easily digestible foods has been proven to improve overall health.
The basics of the Paleo Diet is as follows:
- Grass-produced meats
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Refined vegetable oils
There are many Paleo Diet recipes available in book stores or online. Whilst many may see the paleo diet restricted to food choice, the beauty of the Paleo Diet is it’s simplicity in fewer ingredients. Add herbs and spices to meat and vegetables for added flavour.
Is Paleo For Me?
The Paleo diet isn’t for everyone. Longevity is the key for any ‘diet’ to work. One of the main benefits of the Paleo Diet is that it isn’t so much a diet but away of life. If you can’t see yourself living a grainless, pastaless, breadless life then unfortunately the Paleo lifestyle just isn’t for you. However, it doesn’t need to be as strict. If you can minimise and regulate the ‘Dont Eat’ foods in the list above, it may still be an improvement to your current eating habits. Any improvement to eating habits and exercise will lead to an improvement in health. No one is asking you to be the messiah of the paleo world but if you can implement just a few of the paleo principles you’ll be well on your way to better health.
- The Paleo Diet has been proven to improve health and manage weight
- Eat natural food sources derived from mother nature
- Stay away from processed foods
- Whilst it may not be everyone, the paleo diet can be manipulated to suit your taste. Make small improvements along the way
- Any small improvement to eating habits will improve health