What is Paleo and why might it be what your body needs?
By now, most of you have heard something about the Paleo Lifestyle, but you may not be sure what it is just yet. I was personally very intrigued by the Paleo Lifestyle when I first heard about all its wonderful benefits as it pertains to improving digestion, healing illness, and extending life expectancy. Today, I want to tell you about the Paleo diet and why I have been leading a Paleo Lifestyle since 2013.
In short, the Paleo diet improved my health drastically during difficult times and has changed my life for the better. That is why I want to share with you the reasons why I am so passionate about this lifestyle.
Where does the name come from? Well, that question is better answered by crafting a scenario, so, picture yourself as a cavewoman on man millions of years ago. There was no such thing as cooking, let alone electricity to do it. So what would you eat? The answer is: anything that nature provided that you could find and wouldn’t kill you!
Cavemen and women ate anything they could find in an effort to survive: fish, meat, seeds, nuts, and greens made up the majority of their diet. Eating certainly wasn’t a hobby such as what it has become in this day and age. Eating was a means for survival and nourishment for the body.
There have been many studies done on the Paleo diet and its benefits. Paleo has had impressive results in people’s health and here are a few examples. Eating a Paleo diet helps decrease depression, slows down or prevents diseases and autoimmune disorders, gives you natural energy and provides your body with necessary nutrients. And that’s just the beginning!
Paleo is so popular these days that millions of people follow it as a lifestyle, including Hollywood stars Jessica Biel and Megan Fox. But why?
Before I get into more benefits, let’s state the hard, cold reality of Paleo – there are NO grains allowed, NO sugar allowed, NO highly processed foods allowed and for the most part, NO dairy allowed.
Yep, you heard it right. Your favorite grains – cereal, rice, oatmeal, crackers, quinoa, bread, pasta – aren’t typically in a Paleo lifestyle, and there’s a very good reason for it. Oh, and neither are your sugary treats or most yogurt.
You are probably telling yourself there’s no way you can do that, but I’m here to tell you that you must certainly can; you just have to give it a try!
Thousands of people that have adopted a Paleo lifestyle are living healthier and better lives thanks to modifying their diets. Like many others, my health was in jeopardy until I started following the Paleo diet as well.
How Glucose Can Harm the Body
The glucose (sugar) from grains, which are consumed by the majority of Americans, is on of the main reason grains aren’t allowed.
Grains are starchy carbohydrates which are jammed packed with glucose. When consumed, and not used right away for energy, glucose turns into fat. You can notice this example in action just by paying attention to the obesity epidemic in America. Put simply – eating too many grains can make us fat, and being overweight is harmful to every system and cell in your body.
The other most popular way people consume glucose is by putting it directly into their coffee, in baked goods, in processed foods, in packaged beverages, and just about every other food manufactured in a factory.
We all know that too much sugar is bad. And quite frankly, I hate to break it to you, but any sugar that is not natural – such as what is present in fruits and vegetables – can be bad for most of us.
Sugar doesn’t just make you fat; processed sugar harms nearly every part of your body. It spikes your blood sugar, harms your liver, and causes insulin dependence. These factors are just the tip of the iceberg!
Lectins, Glutens…Oh, My!
The second thing we should discuss are two other components found in most grains that can be harmful. These are lectins and glutens, which can pose a serious risk to our bodies.
Gluten is a protein that an overwhelming majority of Americans are sensitive to and leads to a solid number of diseases and disorders. I’m sure you have seen the explosion of “gluten-free” awareness at the grocery store thanks to the latest awareness.
Grains also contain high levels of lectins, which are toxins that are hard to process by the human body. What do toxins do? Prevent your body from doing its job of absorbing nutrients.
What about Dairy?
I know you’re probably wondering what’s so bad about dairy. As part of a Paleo lifestyle, you likely wouldn’t be consuming dairy (many don’t). But don’t worry, dairy isn’t as important as the dairy industry makes it out to be.
Can you drink it? Yes, you can, although many people have a sensitivity to dairy and it can cause health problems for many. Do you have to consume dairy to be healthy and is it considered part of the Paleo diet? No on both accounts. Dairy is inflammatory and creates unwanted mucus in the human body.
I do want to mention raw milk and how some Paleo experts suggest it can be beneficial on a Paleo diet. Raw dairy contains the enzymes needed to digest it, while pasteurized dairy does not. Therefore, some people that are sensitive to pasteurized dairy and whose body does not contain the enzyme, to help digest it, may do better on raw milk – should they choose to consume dairy.
What Can I Eat?
Here is a basic list with what you should and shouldn’t be eating on a Paleo diet. However, for more advice on this, you can follow along with this series of articles I will posting about the Paleo lifestyle this month. More detailed information and support can be found in my upcoming group coaching course, the Easy Paleo Program https://realhealthylife.lpages.co/simple-paleo/.
• Grass-fed meats
• Wild caught fish/seafood
• Fresh fruits and veggies
• Pastured eggs
• Nuts and seeds
• Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
• Cereal grains
• Legumes (including peanuts)
• Refined sugar
• Processed foods
• Refined vegetable oils
What’s Important to You?
By going grain-free, removing processed foods from your diet, and only consuming natural foods, you’re preventing all of these toxins from entering your body, thereby boosting your health immediately. You will boost your immune system so that illness and disease stands no chance against your body!
Going Paleo is a personal choice that only you can make. But before you eat that next processed bread, French fries or chug down that soda, be mindful of the negative impact it is having on your body – creating a perfect environment for disease to enter and thrive.
For tips and tricks that will help you kick grains to the curb for good, visit my blog!
Have questions or need advice on your health?
Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free initial consultation. As usual, I look forward to hear your comments and answer any questions you may have.
To your health and wellness,