A quick paleo history lesson
The Paleo diet is allegedly based on the belief of how humans ate in the ancient era (paleolithic), supposedly several thousand years ago before modern farming and of course superstore food production lines. This means that all modern foods such as processed ones are excluded (sorry, Fruit Loops), and that the diet focuses more on fruits, meat, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds. However, the diet is not that consistent with the archeological records that scientists claim. Therefore, the Paleo diet is certainly not a true paleolithic diet; rather, it varies as per the season and region. But it’s okay, read on!
The Paleo diet is certainly designed to be free from soy, gluten, preservatives, dairy, and even grains so that it can be only rich in proteins and fibers for optimal nutrition like an ancient hunter would have received. Powered by protein sources holding all essential amino acids, the diet fuses the finest, fully natural ingredients to achieve a balance between taste and nutritional value. My taste buds are craving a grass-fed steak this very moment.
The goal of the Paleo diet is to bring back the way of eating of ancient humans. This is based on the belief that those days’ diet is better than that of the modern era being dominated by farming…Not the farming your grandpa Joe did, but the farming done by billion dollar companies. The modern diet is full of farming produce such as grains and dairy, a rapid change outpacing the physical ability to adapt. This outrage is deemed as contributing to the incidences of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Foods: Included and Excluded
The Paleo diet is basically for those who wish to lose or maintain weight by eating natural whole-foods. While the recommendations of what to eat and what not to eat vary among the thousands of paleo blogs and Pinterest boards, a generic Paleo diet includes fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, oils from nuts and fruits, fish particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, eggs, and lean meats of grass-fed or wild animals. At the same time, the diet excludes grains like oats and barley, dairy products, salt, legumes, high-fat meat, refined sugar, and highly processed foods. The diet also stresses greatly on drinking lots of water and exercising on a daily basis.
- More focus on fresh whole foods and total elimination of junk foods
- Clean diet due to absence of chemicals, additives, or preservatives
- Anti-inflammatory benefit, as fruits, oils, nuts, starch-free vegetables, and seeds are rich in such properties
- More intake of iron and other important nutrients
- Short term weight loss, for some individuals
- Better self-esteem and natural care for the body