You may have heard about all kinds of radical diets that promote, weight gain, fat loss, increased energy etc. etc..... but one diet that has come to forefront in recent times is the Paleo Diet. But what is it and why could it benefit you? What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo diet is basically a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food. What is the Theory/history behind the paleo diet? The Paleo diet originated from 70's. Originally, it was referred to as the caveman diet, or the stone age diet. "Palaeolithic," by the way, is just the scientific term for "old stone age." The theory is that without access to modern diets, cavemen ate more naturally than we do today. They didn't eat microwave meals and chips and burgers. They were hunter-gatherers and ate as the human body was designed to eat…theoretically. They had no agriculture, no storage facilities, no grocery stores, and no processed foods. They ate wild plants and fresh meat as they found it. The limited research that we Do have on humans living around this time is that they were healthy…again, so the theory goes. There was no arthritis, no cancer, no osteoporosis, and no heart disease. They were strong-boned, hearty and healthy, and if they died young, it was not because of disease but because of accidents and a hard environment. To summarize, the Paleo Diet is based on what we "think" cavemen ate, based on some historical data and studies of modern-day hunter-gatherers, as well as trace evidence found in archaeological digs and a whole lot of guess work and theory. And since true caveman foods are no longer available to us, it is also based on modern food "equivalents" that have been refined over centuries and that are commonly available in today's supermarkets. That means that, for the most part, the meat you eat comes from domesticated animals raised using modern mass production methods, even if grass-fed, and the so called "forage" that you eat is based on cultivated hybrids nurtured on artificial fertilizers and possibly pesticides. What types of food can I eat while on the paleo diet and what do I need to avoid? The CAN eats Grass-fed meats Fish/seafood Fresh fruits Fresh vegetables Eggs Nuts Seeds Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut) The CAN'T eats Cereal grains Legumes (including peanuts) Dairy Refined sugar Potatoes Processed foods Overly salty foods Refined vegetable oils Candy/junk/processed food So Keep at it and what results can you expect to see? Increased and more stable energy levels Improved sleep Clearer skin and healthier looking hair Mental clarity Improved mood and attitude Improvements in those suffering depression or anxieties Less or no bloating, decreased gas Sustained weight loss Muscle growth; increased fitness Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer Higher immune function and a general feeling of well being Improved glucose tolerance; decreased insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity Improved lipid profiles Healthier gut flora Better absorption of nutrients from food Reduced allergies Paleo diet is anti-inflammatory, most people experience reduction of pain associated with inflammation Improvements in those with respiratory problems such as asthma Good luck Guys!
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