Many consider Paleo diet is the healthiest way to stay strong, lean and energetic. But what is exactly a Paleo diet and how does it benefit you? In this article, I will attempt to give you a concrete answer to that answer and the best way you can go about Paleo diet.
What is Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet has been called caveman or cavewoman diet, and for good reason. Another common name for Paleo is hunter gatherer meal.
It bases on the notion that we should eat the way our ancestors eat. The theory is that human body is not genetically designed for and/or has not changed to adapt to stuff like whole grain, dairy, sugar, added salt, artificial drinks and whole lots of other processed foods. In fact, these things did not even exist until the introduction of agriculture.
Our ancestors had the same dietary approach for thousands of years – foods that are available and provided by nature. The obtained food through hunting and gathered fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds which available over the course of the year. Research indicates that they were very healthy, were taller, more active and had bigger brains. Although their life span is generally shorter, but it’s mostly due to the external causes like extreme weather, infections and predatory animals.
Chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, heard disease and many other conditions that we suffer today did not exist back then. These sicknesses are direct consequences of civilization and agriculture revolution: Our lifestyle has messed up our genetic makeup. We consume way too much carbohydrates and fast, while the level of protein is not enough. Our dietary also has four times less omega-3 fatty acids compared to our ancestor. Take a look at the below table:
Bottom line, Paleo diet concept may seem new to us, but has existed throughout the course of humanity. It’s the eating pattern of our ancestors, the ancient hunter gatherer.
The Benefits of Paleo Diet
Here is a quick list of health benefits of a Paleo lifestyle:
- Increased energy throughout the day
- Improved sleep quality
- More efficient workouts
- Reduced allergies
- Clearer and smoother skin
- Burn off stored fats
- Stronger immune system
… and whole lot more. All these will contribute to a healthier lifestyle and reduced risk of diseases.
Paleo diet is also very effective on weight loss, since it reduces the amount of carbohydrate intake while supplying the boy with only healthy fat. Furthermore, Paleo is also proven to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. So most of the health problems that we are struggling with are caused by the way we have been eating. Paleo tackles the root cause of these issues and restore the balance of your lifestyle.
How to go about Paleo diet
The problem you might be facing with a Paleo diet is that we are so used to eating grains and dairy products; we don’t know how to cook a healthy meal that tastes good. People often say that what can I cook if I can’t eat grain?
Fortunately, there are many good cookbook out there giving you detail instruction on how to cook a tasty yet healthy diet that’s strictly comply to Paleo. For instance, the Paleo Recipe Book by Sebastien is packed with 370 recipes and other informative material like the 8 week plan for Paleo newbie.
It really comes down to whether you really want to make a positive change to your lifestyle and perhaps your family’s lifestyle. I do, and I think you do too. So the best thing is to make the commitment and take action.