Today, many doctors and nutritionists agree that a Paleo diet is one of the healthiest paths to optimal nutrition. The concept is simple: let’s get back to our roots as hunters and gatherers, as our ancestors never dealt with the health issues caused by some of today’s poor eating habits.
Before farming and industrial agriculture, people lived on local game that they could hunt, along with seeds, fruits, and vegetables that they could gather in their tiny corner of the world. This way of life proved to be much healthier than the modern lifestyle that we have adopted today, so the Paleo diet is simply pointing us back to it.
Foundation of the Paleo diet
The foundation of the Paleo diet is made up of meat, seafood, and unlimited consumption of fresh fruits and veggies. One of the ideas that has made Paleo jump to the forefront of today’s dieting world is to eat only whole foods, while avoiding processed ones. Whole foods are generally a better source of beneficial nutrients such as soluble fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, and low-glycemic carbohydrates, than processed foods.
The Paleo diet has become very popular and a plethora of recipes are available online thanks to food bloggers and fitness personalities. Since dairy, grains, and legumes are not a part of the Paleo diet, some people may think Paleo friendly recipes are boring and contain only meat and veggies – but incorporating healthy fats such as coconut oil, fresh fruits, and other proteins can help brighten up any Paleo dish!
From hunting to clicking
In the past, the problem with maintaining a Paleo diet was the challenge of acquiring all the different foods necessary for a healthy lifestyle. However, now that we can find Paleo-friendly foods online
and have them delivered right to our doors with the click of a button, it has never been easier! No spears or hunting rituals required.
Just like any other diet, Paleo is certainly not a one size fits all approach. If you chose to follow it, be sure to do your research to fully understand its requirements before giving it a try. To learn more, we recommend listening to a great podcast by An Organic Conversation
that explains the benefits while also keeping it real.