Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Benefits of Paleolithic Eating.

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Paleolithic period from your time spent in school. It had a 2.5 million.. yes million year duration just ended 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. A Paleolithic diet is a very similar diet to what our ancestors would have eaten. It's filled with root vegetables, lean meats and fish, and fruits and nuts while cutting out things like refined sugar, grains, legumes, and salt. . While you may ask yourself why you would want to eat like a caveman? There's many benefits that aren't attained from the modern diet. 
  • Our bodies haven't changed much since the dawn of the agricultural era, So why should our diet? The introduction of grain products, especially refined grains (white bread, white rice, cereals) has shown an increase in auto-immune diseases in humans. When farmers want to fatten a cow up, what do they feed them? Grains. This also causes many cows to develop intestinal diseases over time, although most are sent to the slaughter before the diseases are allowed to develop detrimentally.
  • The Paleo diet is high in fiber. Fiber reduces the chance for constipation, helps to lower cholesterol and lowers your risk for heart disease and diabetes. It's also a vital component in weight loss.
  • The food on the Paleo diet are very nutrient dense. They provide vitamins and minerals that aren't abundant in many of the modern foods. Many people now a days take a one-a-day supplement or something similar. You can bypass this by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables! 
Humans didn't start to refine grains and sugars at the start of the 1900's with the industrial age. If you look at the genetic perspective 100,000 generations have survived eating a diet similar to this.. and THRIVED! 500 generations utilized agriculture, 10 generations have followed the industrial age, and only a handful of generations have been exposed to fast food/process foods. If you're wanting one of the secrets to living a healthier and more energetic life, EAT LIKE A CAVEMAN!

Here's a Paleolithic Food Pyramid to help you. 
I know this diet won't be for everyone. You can still focus around eating healthy, while still keeping things like dairy products and grains in your meals. Try switching to whole grains, instead of processed grains like white bread, and white rice. Wheat Bread is a good alternative, and 100% Natural Wheat Bread is ideal. Brown rice is delicious when it's cooked with the right proteins and vegetables. If you're trying to lose weight you can switch to low-fat or fat free milk although I recommend sticking with whole milk if you're trying to gain muscle. Eating healthier doesn't have to be hard, there are many different options and combinations of healthy foods.It's a good rule of thumb for healthy eating to remember to stick to the outside aisles in the grocery stores. This is where most fresh produce, meats, and dairy products are located. 

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