The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is a diet that basically sticks to the foods our caveman ancestors were either hunting or gathering.

So meat, fish, eggs, nuts, vegetables, leafy greens, seeds and fruit. Which means of course no processed foods like pasta or sweets.

This diet is based on the idea that our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t suffer from the same diseases we have today and generally lived a healthier life. And it can also be explained with the fact that our digestive system hasn’t evolved as much as we have and is still more suited for a hunter-gatherer diet.

So by removing the foods that are at odds with our health like dairy, starches, sugar, alcohol, we’re supposed to not only be healthier but also lose weight. For some people it is good enough that studies have shown that with the Paleo Diet blood lipids have improved and pain from autoimmunity is reduced.

A benefit of this diet certainly is that you increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And as the carbohydrates in the Paleo Diet are of a low glycemic index, the diet will help prevent hypertension, undesirable blood cholesterol and Type2 diabetes.
The Paleo diet is also a slightly alkaline diet which helps reduce the symptoms of osteoporosis, kidney stones, stroke, asthma and insomnia.

Certainly all very healthy but with the limitations a bit boring too. Especially as wholegrain, dairy and legumes are banned.

I think I would certainly try it for a while to see if I notice a change with some health issue and then decide if I keep going. Weighing up the pros and cons so to speak. At least I wouldn’t have to count calories with this diet.

But I doubt this Paleo Diet is suited to be a permanent lifestyle change. It might be wiser not to just copy the diet of our paleolithic ancestors but also their activity levels. Or just eat a little bit less of our diet and have a lot more physical exercise.

If you would like to try it yourself, here’s a book that might help you.

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