The Paleo diet is based on the concept of the way our many ancestors used to eat. Including any foods that could be hunted, fished or gathered and those that were considered healthy. It may be for that reason the Paleo diet is called the caveman diet, because if it wasn’t available for them to eat, there is a good chance you will not be able to eat it on this diet.
What is in the Paleo Diet?
Fruits and Vegetables
All fruits and veggies are full of vitamins, nutrients, trace elements and antioxidants, albeit with different quantities of each, depending on the food type.
These are available from fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds and organic or free range meats and poultry. Healthy oils are also available for consumption, these being extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
Where possible, any meats or fish should be grass-fed or organically raised, these are relatively lean compared to mass farmed animals that we have today. They have had many antibiotics and other chemicals used to protect them against illness. Due to the feeding process, these animals contain much higher levels of saturated fats compared to the grass-fed animals. It has also been shown the naturally raised animals and fish contain much higher levels of omega-3 fats in the form of EPA and DHA.
What to Avoid
Any processed foods or refined wheats and sugars must be avoided, this also includes dairy products. So, the reasoning for this is that many of our ancestors had no access to equipment or machinery that would allow them to produce foods of this nature.
Other things to avoid are:
- Refined vegetable oils like canola
- Refined Sugars
After all the processed foods and refined sugars are removed from the diet, and replaced by healthy fruits and vegetables, the number of vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals that are now introduced to the body is greatly increased. From all these healthy foods, the number of antioxidants also gets a massive increase. By choosing this healthy lifestyle, you will see improvements in key areas including:
- Stabler Blood Sugar Levels
- Weight Loss
- Reduced Allergies
- Healthier Skin and Teeth
- Improved Sleep
- Balanced Energy
These benefits will come as a welcome surprise, but it is the health matters that interests most people. Recent studies show, the Paleo diet is excellent at stabilizing the blood sugar levels, which can minimize insulin resistance, and this can help many type 2 diabetics. Additionally, the reliance on medication can be greatly reduced, in some cases, the need for medication has been stopped altogether. Always see a health professional before stopping medications.
The Paleo Diet can help to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, with regular exercise, the risks of a cardio vascular disease can be greatly reduced. Essentially, with the reliance on medications being minimized or being stopped altogether.
Autoimmunity and Illness
This is where the human body for whatever reason starts to attack itself, and it is the normal duty to add a layer of protection against bacteria and parasitic infections to name but a few.
Some of the illnesses and conditions that the Paleo diet can help fight against are inflammation, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and certain forms of cancer.
Due to the effects of the modern diet, all the processed foods, refined sugars and gluten that have negative effects on the body, can be eliminated. As your body, will be receiving a higher number of antioxidants, the body will rid itself of all the built-up waste and accumulation, and bloated feelings may lessen and you will feel much lighter with an increase in general energy levels. This is achieved without fasting or just drinking juice. So, this makes it easier to follow and feel satisfied at meal times.
When you cut out all the processed foods, you are eliminating lots of synthetic chemicals, and this can be the same with fast food. Unfortunately, these have a tendency to use many processed foods and flavor enhancing chemicals, and the oils they use for cooking are also highly refined rather than using the healthier options.
Now you are consuming more fiber from the fruits and vegetables, this will also help with passing food through the system much more efficiently. Not only will you naturally lose weight, but you will have much more energy throughout the day. So, now each and every carb or calorie you consume will have a purpose and can serve the body in a much healthier way.
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