What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet advocates that people eat what humans used to eat before the agricultural revolution made daily bread an easy food source. The Paleo diet encourages people to eat natural foods that are as they were before we used chemical fertilizers and genetically modified them to sit in supermarket freezers for months.
Eat tons of fruits and vegetables. Foods your ancestors used to grow for themselves in their garden. If you can afford organic by joining a co-op – do so. If not find local shops who buy from local farms if possible. You’ll find more taste and more nutrients in these vegetables and fruit and less chemical risk.
The main food groups which the Paleo diet recommends are:
- * Vegetables
- * Meats
- * Seafood
- * Fruits
The above food groups are high in soluble fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals, omega 3, monounsaturated fats, protein and are foods which have a low glycemic level when it comes to carbohydrate levels.
You can eat protein along with unlimited amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Paleo diet recommends that you avoid the following foods
- * Refined sugars
* Refined grains
- * Saturated fats
- * Trans fats
- * Salt
- * Processed foods
- * High glycemic carbohydrate foods
These foods are known to cause obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. They have also been linked to many other health related diseases.
Our Paleo Ancestors
If we dig back into our history books a little you will discover that when our Paleo ancestor’s reached 60 they suffered from very few of the modern diseases like diabetes. Although many people did not make it to 60 that was due to the higher instances of people being killed from injury and from disease for which no antibiotic was available.
Our ancestors ate local fresh produce, they grew their own fruits and vegetables and raised livestock for slaughter. They did not eat packaged and processed foods and it was uncommon to see overweight individuals. Their lifestyle kept them busy all the time. They were active, healthy people so long as their food supply was sufficient for their needs and they were not affected by violence or the elements.
Calcium and Paleo
One concern that many people have when first starting the Paleo diet is will they lack calcium. People have been taught to think that they need to consume dairy to promote healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.
You will still be getting calcium on the Paleo diet, you will just be getting your daily amount from different sources. Instead of drinking milk and eating cheese you will be getting calcium from your fruits and vegetables.
Our body needs to balance the amount of calcium it receives daily. All foods are processed through our kidneys and this is where bone demineralization takes place. When you eat foods which produce high amounts of acid in your body, especially sugar, the kidneys force out excess calcium.
The acid producing foods which we consume too much of are hard grains, cereals, cheese and salty foods. Acid must balance with alkaline which is found in citrus fruits and vegetables. So when you increase the amount of these good alkaline foods your body will balance its calcium level. You are unlikely to become calcium deficient just because you changed your diet to Paleo.
If you follow the guidelines to the Paleo Diet you will start to lose weight, sleep better and have more energy. In the long run you will likely live longer and suffer less inflammatory types of disease.