The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! – Robb Wolf
Paleo Diet: What Is It & Why Is It So Popular?
The other type of diet that I am a big fan of is Paleo (aka Paleolithic diet). If you are new to the Paleo diet or already a fan, it is a diet that proves there is an easy way to treat the root cause of modern diseases. Our food becomes our medicine.
Our Pre-agricultural Ancestors
Archaeologists have recently discovered that our pre-agricultural ancestors were actually far healthier than cultures who developed agriculture.
They were stronger, hardier and less susceptible to disease. They did not suffer from heart disease, osteoporosis, and other muscular-skeletal ailments.
Their diets were made up of foraged food. Wild animals, fish, shellfish, seaweed, berries, nuts, insects, plants, and fungi. Fat was a large part of their diet and kept their hearts healthy.
Lesson From Ancient Egypt
On the other hand, let’s look at ancient Egypt. With their vast wealth, the Egyptians were well fed and lived off a mixture of fish, animals, corn and other grains, beer, wine, sugar, honey, and dairy.
Children were weaned on corn, which leads to issues with bone development as they grew. Their diets were similar to our modern diet and the Egyptians suffered from heart disease and many of them died young.
Paleo: What Is It Then?
According to Wikipedia, the Palaeolithic diet (aka Paleo diet, Caveman diet, or Stone-age diet) is a modern fad diet requiring the sole or predominant consumption of foods presumed to have been the only foods available to or consumed by humans during the Palaeolithic era.
The diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, mushroom, honey, eggs, and meat or game and usually excludes foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, starches, processed oils, processed food, salt, and alcohol.
What’s In It For You?
Any health benefits? For most people, the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is all they need. Improved blood lipids, weight loss, and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough.
Many people, however, are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations. Be they nutrition or exercise related.
With a very simple shift, we not only remove the foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) but we also increase our consumption of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
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Tip To Remember
We are not meant to eat the type of diet that has been engineered over the last 30+ years, which is why we are now seeing an increase in ‘modern’ ailments. By emulating the Paleo diet, we can prevent and even reverse the damage caused by our modern diet.
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