What is a Paleo diet ?
A diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food
It’s always good starting with a definition!
Also called the cave man diet .. this diet is really to eat no to processed food, refined food and goes back to how we would have originally eaten prior to mass production and everything that entails. Can you hunt it?, gather it ?
Believers say that it is the only healthy way to be to because it works on genetics, what our DNA is coded to eat originally.
It is the modern diet which is full of refined foods, cane sugar, toxins, preservatives, which has lead to disease and illness. In support of this are many scientific studies which attribute the modern processed diet is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility to name a few.
The paleo diet
First belief is to have lean proteins , because it is these which support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune functioning. Paleoists also believe good levels of lean protein are essential to feel satisfied between meals.
Vegetable and fruit
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.
One of the greatest deviations away from our ancestral diet is the amounts and types of fat found in modern grain feed animals vs. the amounts and types of fats found in grass fed or wild meat, fowl and fish. What we observe is wild meat is remarkably lean, and has relatively low amounts of saturated fats, while supplying significant amounts of beneficial omega-3 fats.
Okay To Eat Avoid
Lean Meats Processed Food
Nuts & Seeds Starches
Healthy Fats Alcohol
Health Benefits of a Paleo Diet
For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is all they need. Improved blood lipids, weight loss, and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny.
With a very simple shift we not only remove the foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) but we also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
We market our crispies and munchies as Paleo friendly in that they contain no dairy, cane sugar, preservatives or grain or gluten. The basis of them is buckwheat seeds which as it names suggest is a seed not a grain !