By Mark Williams
You’ve probably heard about the paleo diet, the lifestyle switch that’s taken America by storm. Paleo has fast begun the most popular diet to have ever held sway over our love handles. People all over the world are having massive success following a fairly simple switch in diet and many consider paleo to be more than just a diet, it’s become a lifestyle choice.
The paleo lifestyle is aligned with how our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate and lived for thousands of years. It is the only nutritional system which works with our genetics to enable us to stay lean and energized.
The present Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with foods that we haven’t biologically adapted to process.
Experts agree that a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates and sugars is the leading cause of chronic degenerative disease.
The paleo lifestyle adheres to this principle that Hippocrates put forth. Many people following this way of eating have cured their diabetes, skin problems, depression, arthritis and even alzheimer’s just to name a few.
So what exactly is the paleo diet? How can it help you not only to lose weight but also to fight inflammation and heal your digestive tract?
Why do some people seem to be so against it and where did this seemingly new yet absolutely ancient way of eating even come from?
The Ins and Outs of Paleo
• Lean Meats
• Healthy Fats
• Processed Foods
Why Choose Paleo?
It’s safe to say we can’t go back in time. We can’t all decide to be hunter-gatherers, the natural resources of our planet have been pillaged and transformed.
The paleo lifestyle isn’t about going back to archaic ways of living. We have the technology today to replicate the diet of our ancestors without hunting wild boar for dinner and eating pemmican for dessert.
Traditional diets are drastically different between societies, though generalities do exist. It’s these generalities that we will be focusing on.
Adaptation is a complex process, humans have yet to evolve to digest the grains and legumes of agricultural invention. Researchers of the hunter-gatherer peoples around the world have found that they have none of the diseases which plague humanity today.
Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension are just some of the issues we face today that are largely caused by our modern diet.
Choosing a lifestyle more aligned with our evolution only makes sense to regulate these diseases.
Is Paleo For Me?
The Paleo diet is for anyone interested in achieving a better quality of life. You don’t have to be on a mission to lose weight in order for paleo principles to benefit you.
The desire to live a long healthy life, free from degenerative disease is reason enough to switch to a paleo lifestyle.
For people suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, depression/anxiety, low energy, hormonal issues, autoimmunity and digestive issues, switching to the paleo diet can be a lifesaver. Simple switches to products like coconut oil can make all the difference and you can still eat delicious foods.
There’s more to it than just diet however, that’s why many people refer to paleo as being more of a lifestyle. The goal is to realign with our predecessors not just in how they ate but also how they moved and lived.
Many people who practice a paleo lifestyle incorporate primal movements like cross fit, a blend of high intensity interval training and weight training. Even something as simple as walking more is part of the paleo lifestyle.
Excessive sitting, distinctly different from too little exercise, is a fairly new evolutionary problem. Of course humans haven’t had much chance to sit in the distant past and nowadays the repercussions of this simple act are becoming apparent.
Paleo is all about doing what we are biologically and genealogically equipped to do. Most of us feel like we could feel better, look better and generally that we aren’t living up to our highest potential.
The paleo lifestyle can help us unlock optimal health.
The Food Pyramid Dilemna
The USDA food pyramid is what most health professionals base their dietary recommendations on. We’ve been convinced that these are “healthy” food choices simply because the government told us so.
Behind the scenes there is one large motivating factor the government has standing behind their food recommendations and it is profit. Every year the government spends billions on farm subsidies, they need to make a profit so they must ensure people are eating these foods.
Even though the evidence shows grains to be nutritionally lacking, the USDA recommends up to 300g of carbohydrates per day, to consume this amount of carbohydrates from vegetables alone would be nearly impossible.
In the book, “Death by Food Pyramid” by Denise Minger, she highlights the bias government agencies have with regards to their nutritional recommendations,