I eat like my ancestors - Welcome to the Paleo diet!
In a nutshell, it’s a simple way of eating how we were genetically meant to be eating. It’s how our ancestors, the Paleolithic people ate. Nothing processed. No grains. No legumes. No dairy. TONS of fresh vegetables and fruit. Healthy, unprocessed fats, like avocado, olive oil and fish oil. Clean protein, like wild fish, free range poultry and grass fed meat.
Why no grains, legumes & dairy?
Grains and legumes both contain anti nutrients, which bind to food, prohibiting your body from properly absorbing all the nutrients. They also contribute to intestinal permeability (‘leaky gut’) in which partially digested bits of proteins can leak out into the blood stream, over time leading to a host of maladies, including but not limited to: IBS, Crohn’s disease, exacerbation of auto immune disease, acne, chronic fatigue, joint pain, the list goes on.
Dairy products are the most acidic foods we can put in our bodies. While a serving of milk might be high in Calcium, the net affect it has on the body is acidic, so the body must leach this precious mineral from our bones in an attempt to buffer. The net take - home is that you’re better off eating a cup of raw kale with 94 mg Calcium than a cup of milk with 300, since the former is so much more alkaline to the body.
Are you ready to try it?
Perhaps you’re thinking about it, but a bit hesitant! Following are a few helpful tips to follow when deciding when and if to make the transition:
Pick a time when there are the least external stressors so that you can allocate as much time and energy as possible to make eating this way the priority.
DO clean out your kitchen and remove everything that’s not Paleo friendly.
DO learn how to shop healthfully at the grocery store, health food shop and/or farmer’s market at least once or twice per week.
DO allocate time to prepare your food.
DO supplement with, antioxidants such as vitamins C & E, fish oil, and vitamin D as paleolithic man would not have been exposed to pollutants and a depleted ozone layer.
It’s a way of eating that really just makes sense. How could the statement, “Eat lots of vegetables, fruit, healthy unprocessed fats and lean, wild proteins and avoid processed foods” not?
Give it a try- there’s nothing to lose, except maybe those last couple of pounds you may’ve been toting around!
Feel free to join my group and ask me any further questions!
Paleo Nutritional & Fitness Counselor
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