A diet that returns us to our former eating habits from the caveman era. Simplified clean eating that removes unwanted foods from our diet.
The name Paleo comes from the word Paleolithic, this era began 2.7 million years ago till 10,000 years ago. Things that you would typically eat are the foods you would hunt, fish or gather all the while avoiding foods that weren’t common till conventional farming began.
There is a belief that a simpler diet such as, what the cavemen ate is better for our health. The reason behind the diet is to return us to the way of eating before we began farming. When conventional farming came about 10,000 years ago, our diet has strayed far from what we previously ate.
Paleo Diet Findings
Some studies have been done to figure out if there is any benefit to following such a diet. Such results have been,
- Increased weight loss
- Improved glucose tolerance
- Better blood pressure
- Decreased triglycerides levels within the body
- Appetite control
What Can You Eat
Depending on who you are some are stricter about what is consumed. The overall goal is to eat what a caveman might have 10,000+ years ago limiting foods that became common from farming. The guidelines are as followed.
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Nuts and Seeds
- Meats(Grass-fed animals or wild game)
What is not allowed
- Highly processed foods
- Refined sugar
- Dairy Products
Health Concerns with Paleo
A major dietary concern is the lack of dairy, grains, and legumes that are high in necessary fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
The cost of such of Paleo is relatively much higher.
Research has shown that the human body as evolved from the stone age. Our bodies are able to break down starches far better than before.
There is no long term studies that have been done to show long term benefits or potential risks. Even though it might be a way of losing weight you shouldn’t jump to changing your diet in any drastic fashion.
Do you follow the paleo diet? Is this a long term choice or just a temporary choice? I would love to hear anyone’s experiences with this diet.
Belowe is sites that are very helpful for further information regarding the Paleo Diet: