Paleo Diet: Premise and Benefits
The Paleo diet is based on the food that supposedly our hunter gatherer ancestors would eat. Think natural and straight from the Earth: meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts. No carbs, no processed foods, no dairy. It is a simple system for reducing daily caloric intake without starving or cutting out important nutrients.
There are a lot of aspects of Paleo that some are not ready to tackle. These include:
- Never eating meat or produce that isn’t grass-fed, organic, or locally grown.
- Never eating any type of carb, grain, or processed food.
- Never eating sugar.
The word “diet” may throw some of you off from this system as it a misleading term. I personally think that it is an ancestral way of eating: agriculture was only introduced to the world 10,000 or so years ago. The paleo diet is not a weight loss cure. It is designed to help your overall health by introducing healthy fats and unrefined, nutrient-dense foods. The foods you are supposed to eliminate are the ones that are doing the most harm to your body.
Paleo is not considered easy: it is hard to find “good” food when you’re on the go. Compromise is a part of life and this diet, and it seems as though many Paleo enthusiasts fall into one of two categories: those who are paleo perfect (100% buy in to the basic foods), and those who are paleo imperfect (who allow “cheating”).
I believe that fussing over every aspect of your diet (which then correlates directly with your life) may do more harm than help. Bottom line is, paleo is a health strategy. Follow the rules loosely, and commit to whatever you feel comfortable with.