Ever hear about the Paleo Diet ?? I am sure you have developed an opinion around it already !!! Did you ever really dig into the premise of it enough to understand what it really consists of? I first off want to say that I will never suggest you to do a "diet". When people hear this term, you automatically assume it is some form of restriction, however I want you to start associating diet with lifestyle eating. This way it makes a healthy correlation between food, healthy living, and lifestyle changes.
So lets start off with what paleo is: Paleo, short for paleolithic, is
an term use to describe dietary and fitness guidelines that are
developed based on theories of human evolution or how our ancestors
functioned. It also goes by names like Caveman Diet, Stone Age Diet,
Evolutionary Fitness, Primal Blueprint, and Ancestral Health.
There are many variations of this way of living. People practicing the Paleo life agree on a few key principles:
-Eat foods that can be picked or hunted in nature
-Stick to foods that can be eaten raw
-Choose meat products from animals fed their natural food .
-Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and refined seed and vegetable
oils as these are not available in nature, and only become available
after heavy industrial processing.
-Avoid grains (particularly
wheat), legumes (particularly soy), and starchy tubers (such as
potatoes) as these foods cannot be eaten raw.
-Prefer grass-fed and grass-finished beef over grain-fed beef.
-Prefer pasture-raised poultry over conventionally raised poultry.
-Use natural fats like coconut oils, avocado oils, and olive oil.
By eating foods in the most natural state, your body will learn to love
the taste of fresh, all natural, wholesome products. This will start to
transform your body from the inside out. Your body can begin to repair
and heal inflammation naturally and eating healthy foods has a
significant impact on your weight. Here are some other great health
benefits of eating primarily Paleo:
-Reduction of body fat percentage and increase in muscle mass with no change in exercise.
-Reduction of fasting blood glucose levels, in some cases allowing for the elimination of diabetes medication.
-Reduction in triglyceride levels and increase in HDL levels, in some
cases allowing for the elimination of cholesterol medication.
-Reduction in blood pressure, in some cases allowing for the elimination of blood pressure medication.
As you know many of the above factors are directly correlated with
chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and coronary
The Paleo lifestyle is not just about how you
eat, it's also about how you move. Paleo lifestyle raises your
consciousness about what you put into your body, it may also draw
attention to other aspects of your life, including your stress levels,
how often you go outside, and how you choose to spend your free time.
Exercise improves your immune system, lowers your risk of diabetes,
osteoporosis, and stroke, promotes heart health, and increases
longevity, and even more importantly, it keeps your body strong.
Exercise will strengthen your immune system functioning even as you
age, so you can still enjoy your life as you get old but keeping you
from developing chronic health issues.
exercise also improves your quality of life by reducing stress,
preventing depression, improving memory, and helping you sleep better.
Of course, let’s not forget about the fact that exercise is a great tool
to develop a good looking, lean and muscular body.
lifestyle emphasizes natural movement preferably outside in nature as
compared to being in a gym. When you think of natural movement think of
things like manipulative (moving objects around), combative
(self-defense), and locomotive (moving yourself from place to place).
Along with natural movements you want to add in brief but intense
strength training workouts, think HIIT WOD that I post everyday in
exchange for extended sessions of steady-state cardio.
steady state cardio keeps you in a constant “fight or flight” mode.
This increasing cortisol levels, inflammation, and damage to your cells
from free radicals. On top of the increased stress from the exercise
itself, the high-carb diet required to sustain chronic cardio harms your
body in the long term by raising your insulin levels.
with working out Paleo exercise programs emphasis the importance of rest
and recovery time. Your workouts should leave you strong and energized,
not constantly sore and exhausted. Your exercise should never feel like
a cruel form of torture you have to force yourself through. Fitness is
important, but it should support your body, not dominate your life.Paleo
exercise has the same basic goal: to improve your health by working
with your body, not against it.
I hope this information might
help you discover that living closer to the way our ancestors lived
might increase our own lives. You never know until you try. What do you
have to lose besides a few pounds, aches and pains and chronic illness