What’s the story with…Paleo Diet
There are so many different approaches to nutrition nowadays that we want to shine some light on what they are actually all about.
We have created this blog series because we want to enable you to make informed decisions in your life by presenting you with facts that we research for you. You can then decide for yourself whether it’s for you or not.
Today we will be talking about the Paleo diet. It’s one of those buzz words that you hear everywhere. So what is the Paleo diet and what are its possible benefits?
“The paleolithic diet, also known as the paleo diet or caveman diet, is a diet based on the food humans’ ancient ancestors might likely have eaten, such as meat, nuts and berries, and excludes food to which they likely wouldn’t have had access, like dairy.” This is the definition given by Wikipedia.
Living in today’s world, and seeing diseases like diabetes, allergies, heart disease, cancer and constant fatigue grow exponentially every year, makes you wonder what has changed from ancient times that has caused this massive shift towards dis-ease. The Paleo diet definitely seems to make sense, as we know that our ancient ancestors did not suffer from most of these chronic diseases.
So what can I eat on a Paleo Diet?
Eating a Paleo diet is actually pretty simple. Eat fresh whole-food ingredients and leave out any processed foods, sugars or grains. Here is a quick overview
What are the benefits of a Paleo Diet?
You eat unprocessed, real food.
One of the main benefits of the Paleo diet is that you eat almost exclusively real, unprocessed food. (So if it’s convenient, has an expiration date of a few years with lots of ingredients or you can’t even pronounce it, it’s most likely NOT Paleo.) As a result of choosing to eat Paleo you eliminate unnecessary toxins and consume more nutrients, AND the food tastes so much better!
Okay To Eat Avoid Fruits Dairy Vegetables Grains Lean Meats Processed Food & Sugars Seafood Legumes Nuts & Seeds Starches Healthy Fats Alcohol By eating whole-foods you eliminate any additives, preservatives, salt and sugar that have been added to your food. Your digestive organs will thank you in many ways since they won’t need to work so hard to process “foods” that they don’t actually recognise as food.
Paleo diet is rich in nutrients
Because the Paleo diet consists largely of vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, berries and fruit, all of which are full of minerals and vitamins, your diet will be very nutrient dense. By eliminating nutrient-void processed carbs, grains and legumes and adding healthy fats, you end up with a very balanced diet that won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar and will increase your nutrient absorption.
Sustained weight loss & increased energy
A common result of subscribing to the Paleo Diet is weight loss and muscle growth. Granted, for muscle growth you will need to add some physical activity to your lifestyle. And… being active may come naturally when your energy levels increase as a result of improved metabolic processes and gut health, better sleep and stress management. Sufficient Vitamin D and a healthy ratio of Omega-3/6 fatty acids all aid in burning off stored body fat.
It’s rich in healthy fats
We’re used to hearing fat is bad and that you shouldn’t eat much of it. That’s actually not true at all, as our body actually prefers fat as a source of energy. Fat is a longer lasting and slower burning fuel than carbohydrates. The Paleo diet promotes healthy saturated fat from grass fed meat, poultry, seafood, ghee, butter and coconuts; lots of monounsaturated fat from olive oil, nuts and seeds and a small amount of polyunsaturated fats such as Sunflower Oil. The right types of fat are essential in maintaining healthy arteries, brain function, healthy skin, as well as decreasing systemic inflammation.
- Increased and more stable energy levels
- Improved sleep
- Clearer skin and healthier looking hair
- Mental clarity
- Improved mood and attitude
- Improvements in those suffering from depression or anxiety
- Less or no bloating, decreased gas
- Sustained weight loss
- Muscle growth; increased fitness Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
- Higher immune function and a general feeling of well being
- Improved glucose tolerance; decreased insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity Improved lipid profiles
- Improved pid profiles
- Healthier gut flora
- Better absorption of nutrients from food
- Reduced allergies
- Paleo diet is anti-inflammatory, most people experience reduction of pain associated with inflammation
- Improvement in respiratory function -i.e.with asthma
We hope that you have an overview of what Paleo diet is and can make a decision for yourself of whether or not it’s for you.
We do think though that eating unprocessed, real, whole-foods is certainly the way forward for a healthy life.
If you’re interested in learning more here is a nice video on Paleo Diet https://youtu.be/-PpuIKTg6QE
Check out our free 5 Day Meal Plan to get some recipe ideas.