I’m very into health and nutrition and have certainly heard of the Paleo Diet. But I was never clear on what it exactly is. If you’re just as curious as I was, read what I am about to share with you about this healthful diet.
The Paleo Diet is based on eating wholefoods from the groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era. There is a long list of foods acceptable on this diet, but this is not simply another diet, it’s a new lifestyle to grasp. You really have to pay attention to everything you put into your body and consciously think about your decisions. The Paleo approved list:
- Fresh meats (generally grass-fed or organically raised without hormones or antibiotics are preferred)
- Wild-caught seafood
- Fresh fruits
- Raw nuts
- Healthy oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseeds)
Foods not acceptable on this diet:
- Dairy products
- Cereal grains
- Refined sugars
- Processed foods
- Starches (no white potatoes, but sweet are fine)
Our ancestors didn’t’ consume any of the above foods and lived a very healthful life, which means that this diet is likely extremely beneficial to us. There are diseases this diet is known to potentially fight off: obesity, cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis), type 2 diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, acne, eye problems, Gout, varicose veins.
So if you’re seriously considering trying a Paleo Diet, definitely do your research and thoroughly plan your shopping list. A good book on the Paleolithic Diet do’s and don’ts could always come in handy, too.
By: Sarah Richheimer