The Paleo Diet is a framework which aims to look back across human history in order to gain an insight into what foods enable humans to thrive. It isn’t about donning a loin cloth and pretending that we are still cavemen.
The premise of the Paleo Diet is that cultural evolution has occurred faster than our genetic evolution. Especially since the agricultural revolution around 10,000 years ago.
This dichotomy has resulted in a disconnect between the way that we are genetically designed to eat and the way in which we currently eat. Disconnecting our modern lifestyles and food choices from that in which we have evolved has shown to be damaging to our health.
Our modern diets are high in sugar, trans fats and processed foods and they are destroying our health. We need to look to this ancestral way of eating to tackle modern diseases like obesity, diabetes and Alzheimers but also help people take control of their long term health.
What Can I Eat on a Paleo Diet?
Using evolutionary biology as a template to drive our food choices makes it easy to choose what we put into our bodies.
If we focus on nutrient dense, non processed foods that have sustained humans for 150,000 years our meals will comprise of:
– Fish and Seafood
– Natural Fats and Oils
– Tubers/Root Vegetables
Focusing if possible on high quality produce that is locally grown and in season.
These foods are satiating and provide the body with the nutrition required for optimal health. When you eat food like nature intended you can reach your full potential as a human animal.
Foods To Avoid On The Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet is a way of eating that excludes:
– Industrial Seed Oils (eg. canola, peanut, vegetable oil)
– Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners.
Why Should You Eat This Way?
There are many reasons you should consider an ancestral template for your eating habits, but here a few good reasons:
– Move away from foods that are high in calories but low in nutrition.
– Move away from foods that cause inflammation in our bodies.
– Eat in a way that is satiating and ensures you never get HANGRY!
– Makes it easy to lose and maintain a healthy weight.
– Limits processed and junk foods that studies have linked to disease.
– Eat wholesome nourishing foods without the guilt.
Start eating the way humans were designed to eat and take back control of your weight and health.
Jump in with two feet and aim to give it a shot for the next month. Start now. Wake up tomorrow morning and make scrambled eggs and have some fruit.
Welcome to paleo land…