Mary James

Revisiting The Paleo Diet: Rediscovering The Overlooked Health Advantages

Robb Wolf bestselling author of The Paleo Solution

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

The other type of diet that I am a big fan of is Paleo (aka The Paleolithic diet). If you are new to the Paleo diet or are 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.

A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Other names for a paleo diet include Paleolithic diet, Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet and caveman diet.

Essentially, this diet means sticking strictly to the foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate: fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and nuts. So say goodbye to grains, dairy products and sugar.

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.

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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 on a mixture of fish, animals, maize and other cereals, beer, wine, sugar, honey and dairy products.

Children were weaned on maize, which led to problems with bone development as they grew up. Their diet was similar to our modern diet and the Egyptians suffered from heart disease and many died young.

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Paleo Diet: 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.

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What's In It For You?

Any health benefits? For most people, the fact that the Paleo diet delivers the best results is all they need. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced autoimmune pain are proof enough. However, many people are not satisfied with blindly following recommendations. Whether it is about diet or exercise.

With a very simple change, we not only remove the foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes and dairy), but we also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Excited? If yes, then dig deeper and read more about the diet benefits at websites Robb Wolf and Mark's Daily Apple by Mark Sisson. Click here for the definitive Paleo diet food list.

The Bottom Line

We are not meant to eat the type of diet that has been developed over the last 30+ years, which is why we are now seeing an increase in 'modern' diseases. By emulating the Paleo Diet, we can prevent and even reverse the damage caused by our modern diet.

If you're interested in the Paleo Diet plan and want to get started, but don't want to think you have to be so demanding and strict. You don't have to be a winner or a loser on this diet. Consider adopting some Paleo eating patterns and avoiding those that don't work for you.

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The Paleo Diet is based on the concept of eating like our Paleolithic ancestors, focusing on whole, unprocessed foods. Its core principles include eating lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, while avoiding processed foods, grains, legumes and dairy products. The idea is to eat foods that are more in tune with what humans have evolved to digest over thousands of years.


This diet is rich in protein, fibre and healthy fats, which can help improve satiety and weight management. It's also high in vitamins and minerals due to its focus on fruits and vegetables. This diet can lead to reduced inflammation, improved heart health, better blood sugar control and increased energy levels.


Yes, many people find that following the Paleo Diet helps them lose weight. By eliminating processed foods and refined sugars and focusing on whole foods, the diet naturally reduces calorie intake without the need to count calories. The high levels of protein and fibre also help you feel fuller for longer, reducing the likelihood of overeating.


Although the Paleo diet offers many health benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. Those with certain health conditions or dietary restrictions should consult a health professional before starting. In addition, because the diet excludes grains and legumes, which are affordable sources of nutrition, it may not be feasible for everyone from a budgetary perspective.


It can have a positive impact on gut health due to its emphasis on fibre-rich fruits and vegetables and the elimination of processed foods and sugars, which can promote harmful gut bacteria. However, the lack of certain whole grains and legumes, which are good sources of prebiotics, means it's important to ensure a varied intake of the allowed fruits and vegetables to maintain gut health.


Planning is key to successfully adjusting to a Paleo lifestyle. Prepare a varied meal plan that includes all permitted food groups to ensure nutritional balance. Experiment with Paleo-friendly recipes to keep meals interesting. Gradually eliminate non-Paleo foods from your diet and stock your pantry with Paleo-approved ingredients to avoid temptation.

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About the Author Mary James

I am passionate about fitness, a healthy lifestyle, cooking, and well-being. This blog is about some of my thoughts that are occupying my mind and spirit daily over the last 10 years and my grand passion – weight loss and fitness, healthy lifestyle and healthy food, mindfulness and self-improvement.

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  • Dr. Tarek Fakhuri says:

    Really interesting read about paleo diet and its benefits, definitely sharing it with my friends…
    I would also like to mention that mushrooms (all kinds) are a wonderful addition to any paleo diet and they are incredibly rich in nutrients.

  • Khaleesi Keller says:

    It’s clear that you truly care about your readers and want to make a positive impact on their lives Thank you for all that you do

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