You’ve probably heard about the paleo diet, the lifestyle switch that’s taken America by storm. Paleo has fast begun the most popular diet to have ever held sway over our love handles. People all over the world are having massive success following a fairly simple switch in diet and many consider paleo to be more than just a diet, it’s become a lifestyle choice.
The paleo lifestyle is aligned with how our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate and lived for thousands of years. It is the only nutritional system which works with our genetics to enable us to stay lean and energized.
The present Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with foods that we haven’t biologically adapted to process. Experts agree that a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates and sugars is the leading cause of chronic degenerative diseases.
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Thus, following the same principle way of eating, many people have cured their diabetes, skin problems, depression, arthritis and even alzheimer’s just to name a few.
What Is Paleo Diet?
First of all, let me tell you the Ins and Outs of Paleo diet. The diet includes: foods like lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and nuts/seeds. On the other hand, the diet excludes grains, dairy, processed foods and legumes.
Why Choose Paleo?
It’s safe to say we can’t go back in time. We can’t all decide to be hunter-gatherers, the natural resources of our planet have been pillaged and transformed. However, we have the technology today to replicate the diet of our ancestors without hunting wild boar for dinner and eating pemmican for dessert.
Traditional diets are drastically different between societies, though generalities do exist. It’s these generalities that we will be focusing on. Adaptation is a complex process, humans have yet to evolve to digest the grains and legumes of agricultural invention. Researchers of the hunter-gatherer peoples around the world have found that they have none of the diseases which plague humanity today.
For people suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, depression or anxiety, low energy, hormonal issues, autoimmunity and digestive issues, switching to the paleo diet can be a lifesaver. Simple switches to products like coconut oil can make all the difference and you can still eat delicious foods.
There’s more to it than just diet however, that’s why many people refer to paleo as being more of a lifestyle. The goal is to realign with our predecessors not just in how they ate but also how they moved and lived. Many people who practice a paleo lifestyle incorporate primal movements like cross fit, a blend of high intensity interval training and weight training. Even something as simple as walking more is part of the paleo lifestyle.
Excessive sitting, distinctly different from too little exercise, is a fairly new evolutionary problem. Of course humans haven’t had much chance to sit in the distant past and nowadays the repercussions of this simple act are becoming apparent. Paleo is all about doing what we are biologically and genealogically equipped to do. Most of us feel like we could feel better, look better and generally that we aren’t living up to our highest potential.
If you want to learn more about eating paleo then consider reading one of these great books.
1. The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain PhD
2. The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
3. The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
4. Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas
5. Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser
There are some great paleo recipe websites out there.