So What Exactly Is The Paleo Diet
Amidst a never-ending variety of diet fads that all claim to have the secret to weight loss and better health, there is a growing movement of people that are improving their lives by following dietary principles that have stood the test of time long before the inception of these new-fangled commercially (and financially) oriented programs.
Many of these people started off trying popular dieting and weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, which were moderately effective in helping them lose some weight, however much of the success from these programs was often short-lived and little consideration was given to restoring the body to its optimal state of health.
Programs like these are run by commercial businesses that have haphazardly put together ill-informed recommendations for dieting that are causing tens of thousands of people to settle for less-than-optimal health.
Fortunately, there is a solution that is not only helping people to lose weight, but is also bringing about remarkable improvements in health to individuals who were previously suffering from a wide range of sicknesses and illnesses. This powerful solution is called the Paleo Diet and due to the fact that it is helping more and more people achieve amazing results every day, it is spreading amongst the nutrition and weight loss community like wildfire.
What the Paleo Diet offers us is a no-frills commonsensical approach to eating and nutrition that advises us to eliminate from our diet, all of the toxic foods that are the culprits in the most common maladies like sinus infections and heartburn. While at first, the idea of removing grains and legumes from one’s diet may seem counter-intuitive or even extreme, once we begin to learn from the Paleo Diet that these foods are processed and contain many components (primarily gluten) that do not naturally occurring in nature, we then realize that we are merely returning our diet to its originally intended natural state.
Along with this shift in eating come significant improvements in health and relief from clinical issues such as acne and digestive problems that we previously thought to be of unknown origin. As we learn more about the Paleo Diet, it also becomes clear that this diet is not a one-size-fits-all approach to health. The Paleo Diet offers general principles that can get our eating and nutrition back on track, allowing us to enjoy increased energy levels and feelings of wellbeing, along with an improved figure.
The Basics Of Paleo Eating
At its core, the Paleo Diet is a return to a natural eating state that our ancestors likely followed during our hunting and gathering days, dating back nearly 200,000 years ago. What this basically results in, is a diet free of all processed foods and unnatural food sources. By removing all of these “inflammatory foods” from the diet, the body is able to achieve a renewed state of health and wellbeing.
Eat anything you want… almost
At this point it would probably be a good idea to ask if you want the good news or bad news first. Let’s start with the bad news, since there’s relatively little of it. People on the Paleo Diet enjoy a rich selection and wide variety of food choices that allows for endless variation in cooking and eating and are never in danger of becoming bored with their meals. This remains true, despite the fact that people on the Paleo Diet do not eat processed foods, grains, legumes, sugar, dairy, alcohol and vegetable oils.
[colored_box color=”red”]Note: While many people may consider the idea of giving up the following foods to be unconventional, let’s remember that over two thirds of the U.S. adult population is either overweight or obese.[/colored_box]
Here is a list of examples of foods that people on the Paleo Diet tend to avoid.
- Processed Foods (potato chips, snack bars, soda)
- Grains (wheat, corn, oats, rice, etc.)
- Legumes (beans, chick peas, peanuts and lentils)
- Sugar (foods that do not naturally contain sugar like candy bars)
- Dairy (cow, goat, or sheep’s milk)
- Vegetable Oils