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:

  1. Never eating meat or produce that isn’t grass-fed, organic, or locally grown.
  2. Never eating any type of carb, grain, or processed food.
  3. 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.

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