Adopting the Paleo Diet

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Aug 16th, 2013
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Everyday, more people are adopting what is the Paleo Diet. This is due to its simplicity and more importantly, its dramatic effects on a person’s overall health and longevity. The Paleo Diet isn’t a fad diet but a diet that reflects the natural eating habits of our distant ancestors and current hunter-gatherer groups.

Research has shown that paleo cultures were much healthier than we are in society today. They were stronger and leaner and their eating focused on meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries. These are the foods we are genetically designed to consume. Looking at it in terms of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, hunter gatherers daily intake was well balanced.. Today, about 50% or higher of our intake is carbohydrates while only 15% is protein, and subsequently society is very unhealthy.

Our hunter gather ancestors did NOT eat grains and dairy and, of course, they did not have processed foods to tempt them. It is believed by many researchers and cultures around the world that those foods are causing us to be overweight, unhealthy and more susceptible to diseases. The concern for us is that it is so easy to overeat processed carbs. Have you ever eaten a whole container of ice cream or a whole bag of chips? Try overeating fresh broccoli or baked chicken breast – not quite as easy.

You may have noticed that the paleo diet does not conform to many modern ideas about eating a low fat, even vegetarian diet. In this way it is more in line with the findings of Weston Price, a somewhat controversial researcher who studied many traditional people and found that some of them are perfectly healthy while consuming a high fat diet (natural fats from animal meat, nuts and seeds – not the factory farmed and processed kinds we have in developed societies).

In fact, many of these hunter gatherers have virtually none of the degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes that plague so many societies today. While Weston Price’s findings are not exactly the same as the paleo diet, the two overlap in many areas.

A lot of people like the idea of trying the paleo diet for the health benefits, but often wonder what they are going to eat if they can’t have bread, sugar or pasta. It does require an open mind and a willingness to start a new lifestyle.

Let’s be honest. At first glance, the foods available to the paleo diet can seem boring and tasteless, but they really don’t have to be and when you start understanding the concept behind cooking with the many varieties of vegetables, meats, and natural flavorings you will ask yourself how you ever came to that conclusion! This is what the Paleo Cookbooks so effectively accomplish. They are chock full of a wide variety of tasty recipes from appetizers, soups, salads, snacks, entrees and desserts!

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