What is The Paleo Diet?

What Is The Paleo Diet?

What is the paleo diet? The Paleo or more correctly the Paleolithic diet, is also known as the caveman diet. The reason for this is that the diet is a replica of the diet of our ancestors, going back millions of years. The term paleolithic refers to the stone age, hence the caveman diet.

What Is The Paleo Diet?

what is the paleo diet?Now before you dismiss this out of hand take a look at the peoples of the world today and their eating habits. Did you know there are 84 tribes in the world to whom things like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and some common mental problems are almost unknown?

What is the Paleo diet? It is the diet eaten by these hunter-gatherer tribes, a diet that has changed very little over the past 2 million years. We are talking about eating  only foods known to our stone age ancestors. These 84 tribes are fitter faster and a lot healthier than us. They have straight teeth and perfect eyesight. If you go even further back in time you will see predecessors of 7 million years ago were eating an almost identical diet.

What is the Paleo diet? It is eating the same foods as our ancestors. It is just we have been eating foods that are bodies are not as tolerant of as some people would have you believe.

Stone age man was not eating potatoes, grains or beans. Instead they were feasting  on meat, fish, fowl and the roots, fruit and leaves of the many plants available then.

Many of the foods we eat today have toxins that our bodies do not, or can not digest properly. Some of these if eaten raw would make us seriously ill. Have you ever been told not to eat green potatoes? At least not without removing the green parts and cooking well before eating.

Many of our modern foods contain toxins that we find inedible when they are in the raw state. Yes cooking them can reduce the amount of toxins rendering the foods edible, but that does not mean they are good for us. We are still putting toxins in our system that our bodies can not deal with. That is why we detox every now and then.

What is the Paleo diet? It is eating foods that our bodies are designed to deal with. These foods give us all the protein and minerals we need not only to survive on but to live a full and healthy life on.

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Avoiding Carbohydrates Unnecessarily?

Avoiding Carbohydrates Unnecessarily?

are you avoiding carbohydrates unnecessarilyAre you avoiding carbohydrates unnecessarily? Why am I asking this question? It is known that there are some low carbohydrate and even no carbohydrate diets advertised on the market. So are these actually good for you?

There are many who will say they do you harm and others who will argue that they do not. It is up to you to decide but before you make a final decision you need to check your metabolic body type.

Avoiding Carbohydrates Unnecessarily?

Perhaps you like me suffer from diabetes and have been told that carbohydrates are a main trigger of your blood sugar and consequently should be restricted. On the other hand you could be someone whose body digests carbohydrates far better than mine and you probably have a carbohydrate metabolic body type.

There are of course others who gain from a low carbohydrate diet, such as those with digestive disorders or a disease that affects their cognitive function.

Avoiding Carbohydrates Unnecessarily?

Perhaps you are someone who has been led to believe you don’t need carbohydrates or you have even been told they are dangerous. This is a fallacy, and while some (such as diabetics) may need to watch the amount of carbs they are eating they can be beneficial in treating some conditions, and are not necessarily the root cause of the conditions. Yes they do affect the blood sugars and so people such as diabetics are better off by checking the amount of carbs they eat.

Avoiding Carbohydrates Unnecessarily?

If you are one of those that does not have any trouble with their blood sugar levels then you could be doing yourself a lot more harm than good if you restrict your carbohydrates too much. It is a known fact that everyone has their own tolerances to the reaction of carbohydrates, so if you have restricted your carbohydrates and feel unwell you need to look at your carbohydrate intake and amend it as necessary. To be Paleo does not mean you have to restrict your carbohydrate intake enough to make you feel unwell.

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Common Paleo Mistakes People Make

Common Paleo Mistakes People Make

What are some of the common Paleo mistakes people make?

common paleo mistakes people makeWhen you switch from a standard, or I suppose what some people would call a normal, diet to a whole foods diet such as Paleo, the diet is just the first step in improving your general health.

When you first switched you may have found yourself loosing weight, (providing you were overweight in the first place), or perhaps a skin condition started to clear. Possibly you have seen an improvement in more significant health problems.

The number of success stories is truly amazing. People changing to Paleo have found some remarkable changes in their health.

Common Paleo Mistakes People Make

If we look at the other side there are those that have tried the Paleo diet and have not found any improvements or certainly not seen the success they were looking for or expecting. Perhaps they have even become less healthy after following such a strict diet!

But before you start to decry the Paleo diet look again at what you have been eating! Is your diet appropriate to you and your health as it is or should be.

Are you making any of these common Paleo mistakes?

  1.  Avoiding Carbohydrates without good reason
  2.  Not getting enough calcium
  3.  Eating the wrong type of vegetables or even eating too many vegetables
  4.  Eating too many nuts
  5.  Are you being too restrictive.

Are you eating the best diet for you?

These are just the 5 most common Paleo mistakes that people make. There are many others that are made when people try to follow the Paleo diet.

Common Paleo Mistakes People Make

You must remember that everyone has different dietary needs. These needs depend on lifestyle, environment and daily activities among other things.

As you age your dietary needs change and you need to be aware of this and change with those needs. Although it may seem scary never be afraid to experiment with your diet. As a precious commodity your health is well worth investing in.

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What and Who Is Paleo?

What and Who is Paleo?

What and who is Paleo? Is this a real question. Perhaps it would be better if it were phrased what is paleo and who is doing it?

what and who is paleoPaleo otherwise known as Paleolithic or caveman is trying to follow the way our ancestors ate in Paleolithic times. There are those that will say they ate meat, meat and even more meat when of course the opposite is true. Yes. They did eat meat when they caught and slaughtered it but they also lived on plant life in the form of fruit, vegetables, nuts and roots. Modern research shows ancient man eating a varied diet of foods that his body could digest with ease.

What and Who is Paleo?

Paleolithic man lived off the land and the rivers and seas. If he wanted meat he would hunt and kill it. The same would apply with fish if he liven close enough to a river or the sea. No butchers or fish mongers available for you to go and buy what you wanted to eat.

As society developed so did what we were eating, but not necessarily in a good way. Today there are many food intolerances mostly brought about by mans experimenting with NEW foods. Some of these foods are not easily digestible by the human body and therefore cause some people problems when they eat them. It is not just about the foods we eat but it is also about the modern farming methods.

What and Who is Paleo?

Some of the methods used are using chemicals that end up in the plant chain and they are not necessarily good for humans to eat. Farmers have increasingly been turning towards growing more at the smallest possible cost. The side effects of all the chemicals being used are being ignored in favor of higher profits.

 What and Who is Paleo?

So who is Paleo. Pick up any newspaper and read about those who are living life the paleo way. If you research it enough you will find many well known people.

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Paleo Good Food Bad Food

Paleo Good Food Bad Food

What is Paleo good food bad food?

paleo good food bad food Are we designed to eat some of the foods we take as being everyday items of food?

Looking at the way man has evolved through the centuries I would say the answer is both yes and no. We all know our bodies do adapt to different foods in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to eating some of the artificial or man devolved foods.

Paleo Good Food Bad Food

Our paleolithic ancestors would have lived off the land and eaten those things that they had access to. This would have included meat and if they lived close to a water source, fish as well. They would have then by trial and error been eating leaves , fruits and plant roots to supplement their diet. These would have been all the things that were around them and growing naturally. ( There were no fertilizers then other than the natural ones).

Paleo Good Food Bad Food

If you were to eat something and had a bad reaction, or you did not like the taste, you would not eat that again, nor would you give it to your family.

Those early tribes had to survive on trial and error. It did not matter where in the world they lived, they all had to live on what was available in their local area. This meant some tribes living on mainly fish and meat and using vegetables from the sea, while others would have had a diet of mainly fruit. They all learned to live with what they had available to them, and their bodies got used to their diet.

Paleo Good Food Bad Food

These days there are many so called bad foods available. They come in all sorts of guises from intensely farmed vegetables to meat that has been so processed that you cannot tell what it really is.

Are you eating Paleo good food or bad food? Do you really know? If you are sticking to the Paleo diet you will be eating Paleo good food not bad food.

 

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Why Choose Paleo Diet

Why Choose Paleo Diet

Why choose Paleo diet? The diet route is often taken after a long look in the mirror at your why choose paleo dietprofile, but before you start hitting the diet books to see which one you think you will enjoy the most look at your overall health. How are you feeling overall? Do you have any intestinal problems?

While you may need to lose a few pounds or more, are you sure you haven’t ant health problems that could be contributing to your excess weight. Are you sure you haven’t an intolerance to any food group?

Why Choose Paleo Diet

Several diets on the market are for short term use while others are a complete lifestyle change. The short term diets are all right to use once or twice to get yourself into shape, but if you are like me and prone to weight gain then you certainly need to be looking at the diets that require a complete lifestyle change.

Having tried other diets in the past, and also due to diabetes and more recently IBS I knew I had to have a complete change.

Why Choose Paleo Diet

I did three or four questionnaires on the internet to find out what my body metabolic type was. All of the questionnaires had different questions and so the results could have been different to each other, but they were all the same answer so I had to believe them. The results I received told me I have a metabolic type of protein.

What does that mean?

In simple terms it means my body can handle protein a lot better than it can carbohydrates. To me that is a relief because my diabetes requires I cut down on carbohydrates.

Why Choose Paleo Diet

Why choose Paleo diet? Firstly it works for my way of life. Secondly, it is currently getting some bad press so the chances are it is quite good. Thirdly, I very much like the sound of being dairy and wheat free, as I think they are part of my intestinal problems.

At this point I should mention that there Paleo diet is not primarily for weight loss – this is just a by product of the Paleo way of living. Since starting living life the Paleo way I feel a whole lot better, my blood sugars have settled down for the first time in a year and yes I am also loosing weight.

Do I really need to ask why choose Paleo Diet?

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Paleo Way Of Life

Paleo Way Of Life

While there are many websites extolling the virtue of the Paleolithic diet here we have the Paleo way of life.

paleo way of lifeWritten to complement the Paleolithic way of life it also looks objectively at the Paleo diet. Perhaps it should be said from the start that the Paleolithic diet is also known as the Caveman diet. These terms are interchangeable along with the shortened term of Paleo.

Why is the Paleolithic diet important enough to be considered newsworthy?

There are reports from various quarters about the effect or lack of effect the Paleo diet has. Some of this is because of the possible financial effects that could be felt by the agricultural and dairy farming industry, but we are talking about the Paleo way of life.

For those that are still not aware of what the Paleo diet is, there is a conformity between those who live  the Paleo way of life to generally avoid all foods that were not available when our Paleolithic ancestors were alive. This means dairy and most of the crops grown on farms are not suitable for consumption by Paleo Diet followers although there are those who do succumb to some dairy products.

I can see the reasoning behind the Paleo way of life and I think it is important that the message about the Paleo way of life is put out far and wide to allow people to make their own decisions on its benefits.

It is called a diet but not in the sense of a weight loss diet, more because you are changing your dietary intake. Yes you will probably lose weight if you are above your optimal weight but this is a by product of what you are eating and not the reason to eat and live the Paleo lifestyle.

The Paleo lifestyle is suitable for virtually all irrespective of illnesses such as diabetes. The lifestyle advocates a high protein and low calorie intake, but it is not as some say, a high meat consumption diet. There are enough food groups in the diet to give vegetarians or vegans a healthy diet.

The paleo way of life is advocated because it gives a very healthy way to live. Yes there will be some who cannot tolerate some of the foods but overall you get a very healthy diet by following the Paleo way of life. Some high energy sports people may have to take some extra sustenance when they are doing extreme sports, but the normal sportsperson will have adequate supplies from the standard Paleolithic diet.

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Why Does Paleo Get A Bad Press?

Why Does Paleo Get A Bad Press

why does paleo get a bad pressWhy does paleo get a bad press? Just what have the press got against paleo? Two questions that I think are interlinked!

Why do I think they are interlinked?

Well having done a little research into the agriculture industry, my thoughts are it is an industry that cannot survive without government money. All the major countries in the western world are reliant on government subsidies to keep their agriculture policies alive.

Why Does Paleo Get A Bad Press

There will always be those who will knock anything that is different, especially if it looks like it will be in any way successful and they are not involved in it. So why does paleo get a bad press?

We have Governments around the world that are pouring millions if not billions of dollars into their agricultural subsidies in one way or another. Then along comes these people who are trying to persuade others that some of the foods they are eating are not good for them and in some cases are doing them harm.

What foods you may ask? Well paleo generally disagrees with the use of dairy products and also products made from or containing crop based foods. (wheat , barley, corn etc.). They also suggest you don’t use vegetable oils or legumes.

Why Does Paleo Get A Bad Press

Now of course this is going to effect the whole agriculture policy. Those of us who follow the paleo way of life are looking on those billions of dollars in subsidy’s as a waste of money. Looking at it from the other point of view, if the majority were to start eating paleo then there would not be the call for the foods we are eating now. The problem with this would be rather a lot of unemployment. Arable farming would disappear along with dairy farming in its current form. All farming would be directed at meat production along with fruit and nut orchards.

Why does paleo get a bad press? I believe this is one of the biggest reasons for the bad press. Newspapers are run to a certain degree by their advertisers and to a lesser degree by government controls. Paleo in its current form is not a big enough advertiser to control what goes in the newspapers and the governments don’t want to be proved wrong in their subsidy programs.

Hence the powers that are in control are always going to decry paleo as bad for you because it goes against their interest. Government bodies do not want to look as stupid as they really are and so will do all in their power to state the bad things in paleo.

Conclusion

The minority that believe in paleo and try to get the word out about the good it does you are always going to be shouted down by those in power. Remember those in power don’t give a damn about your health only in whether they can count on your vote. Where the food suppliers are concerned they can not afford to loose a lot of income because they are promoting the wrong foods. All you can do is believe what your own proof shows you. Try paleo and if you like it and it does you good then keep with it.

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Be A Better Paleo Cook

Be a Better Paleo Cook

How are you going to be a better paleo cook? I usually find that the people who enjoy eating food also enjoy cooking it. That is probably because they like the tastes that they can produce.

better paleo cookIf you haven’t enjoyed cooking up until now then I guess you don’t really care about food and the way it tastes. But if you really want to change your life and be totally paleo then now is the time to change your ways.

 When people who don’t really care do the cooking you can end up with a bland meal with virtually no taste. Give the same ingredients to someone who enjoys cooking and you will end up with a mouth watering meal that is anything but bland.

Experiment with herbs and spices, even just salt and pepper can make a difference to the taste of the food. We have a myriad of spices available to us from around the world. When these spices are used together you can end up with some wonderful tasting food, and I don’t mean just curry or sweet and sour. Be a better paleo cook and start enjoying the real flavor of food.

Be A Better Paleo Cook

To be a better paleo cook start out with something simple. I realize many of you don’t have 3 or more hours a day to spend preparing and cooking food. You will find top chefs that advocate keeping it simple but also tasty. Keep to recipes with very few steps and easy cooking techniques.

When fresh food is used and cooked properly you can achieve some excellent results. You don’t have to be of chef standards, in fact I think some of the cooking programs on TV prove anybody can turn out excellent food just by following simple instructions.

We just have to look at programs like Master Chef and see the amateurs succeed in professional kitchens to know we can do it if we set our minds to it.

 Be A Better Paleo Cook

Be a better paleo cook by cooking a large meal. Eat what you want for the meal you are having and freeze or refrigerate the remainder to use later. There are also many foods you can also cook ahead of time and reheat when the time comes to eat it.

You are much less likely to fall off the paleo bandwagon if you have food already prepared and on hand either in the refrigerator or the freezer. You will just need to re-heat the food that is already prepared.

Be A Better Paleo Cook

 One of your best friends can be a slow cooker or crock pot. The food is prepared and the cooker is switched on and left for several hours allowing it cook at low temperatures. So as a working person the dinner can be cooked while you are at work. You just go home and dish up a delicious meal.

As you can see you can be a better paleo cook just by changing the things you do and the way you cook the food. As always once you are used to cooking you can start experimenting with herbs and spices to really bring out the flavors of the food.

Spices should compliment the food and not completely take over the flavor.

You never know you might even enjoy cooking for the family.

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The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

the essence of the paleo dietThe Essence of the Paleo Diet? Perhaps you have heard the term before and are now interested in learning more about the subject. Possibly, you know someone suffering from one of the many diseases attributed to the processed foods that are so prevalent now. Then again, maybe you have a few pounds to lose and have heard good things about this type of diet. Whatever the reason may be, you are in the right place to get the facts about this new yet old way of eating.

The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is a way of eating that takes into consideration that the genetics of man have not changed much in the last 15,000 years. This was long before organized agricultural methods allowed humans to produce mass quantities of food stuffs like corn. The diet takes the premise that what man was eating at this time in history is what he should be consuming today.

This era of history is known as the Paleolithic era, hence the name, Paleolithic Diet, which has been shortened by our nickname oriented society to just the Paleo Diet. During this time, Paleolithic man was mainly a carnivore. Hunting and fishing provided most of the daily food consumption. These animals were not stuffed into feedlots or fish farms as they are today so they roamed free until they came upon a lucky Paleo hunter.

The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

Paleo man did have some carbohydrates in the form of wild growing vegetables, fungi, nuts, fruits, and roots. Just as the animals were spread out so were these sources of carbohydrates. They did not have row after row of genetically modified wheat planted on the back forty.

Studies have been done on the effects of the Paleo diet and researchers have found improved health in those following the method. The researchers originally based the theory of improved health on the fact that the people of isolated areas tend to be free of the common diseases of the more affluent cultures. The most famous study was the Kitava project, which studied a non-westernized group of people living on an island off of Papua New Guinea.

The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

The people of Kitava were living in much the same manner as Paleo man did 15,000 years ago. The researchers discovered these people did not suffer from diseases such as diabetes. Obesity was not observed among these hearty people and diseases of the heart, hypertension or strokes were almost nonexistent. The diet of the Kitava islanders was much the same as early man.

The Paleo Diet was first introduced in the early 1970’s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin. Using the theories of evolutionary medicine, Voegtlin surmised that the eating habits of Paleo man would lead to improved health by someone willing to change to this “new” old way. His suggestion of a diet consisting of mainly fats and protein sprinkled with a few carbohydrates met with stern opposition. The improved results of the patients that followed his advice were hard to argue with though. People with various digestive problems, like colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion all noted vast improvement and reversal.

The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

Adapting to this diet today has become much simpler due to awareness of concerned farmers who realize processed modern food is killing the population. Free range meats are available at specialty stores like Whole Foods and are becoming quite common in national grocery chains. Improved farming using organic techniques can provide similar vegetables along with organically grown fruits and nuts. Eating like a Paleo man is as easy as going to the corner market.

Proteins are a major part of the diet and should be free range cuts of meat that are naturally lean, but contain fats the human body requires. Free range chickens can provide eggs. Organic fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for a healthy body. To get the healthy fats you need there are nuts, fish oil, avocados, and olive oil.

The Essence Of The Paleo Diet

When shopping, be sure to avoid the processed foods and those which contain added sugar. Mass produced grains are linked to many diseases and should be left on the shelf. Alcohol, starches, legumes and dairy products should be crossed off your grocery list as well. All in all, the Paleo diet is a recipe for improved health and well-being.

Please visit Embracing Paleo for additional information on the Paleolithic diet. If you would like to get started right away, then check out this Paleo Recipe Book review for some outstanding material to get you on the right path to your well-being.

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5 Paleo Diet tips

5 Paleo Diet Tips

5 Paleo Diet tips helps even when it seems that the information is overwhelming for what’s healthy and what’s not, it is possible to choose a healthy lifestyle that includes modern and manageable choices to accommodate any lifestyle. The Paleo Diet will allow you to eat healthy, enjoy your meals, and assist you in achieving real health and wellness!
5 paleo diet tipsThe Paleo Diet does not include grains, dairy, sugars, or processed foods – none of which provide nutritional value and support disease-causing inflammation in the body. The Paleo Diet supports eating a healthy mix of organic safe meat, fresh vegetables, some fruit, some nuts and seeds… and of course, healthy fats and oils! “Food is our fuel” that makes the body run – what you put into your bod will become the building blocks for every cell, muscle, tissue, and organ. The old adage “you are what you eat” was surprisingly true.

5 Paleo Diet Tips

Here are 5 easy tips to help you get started on your Paleo journey to a healthy lifestyle:

1) Pre-cook your food, even bring lunch to work. In order to minimize cooking time, cook large batches of food at the beginning of the week or several days in advance!

2) Keep a paleo-friendly meal replacement bar or shake in your desk or purse in case of a change of plans. Being un-prepared will lead to poor decision making.

3) Try a new vegetable – the more color, and the deeper the color, the more nutritious it is! For example, kale is one of my favorite superfoods and it’s very versatile – you can use it in recipes for smoothies, salads, and even cooking as a warm dinner side.

4) Don’t keep any food you don’t “want” to eat in the house… at all. Out of sight, out of mind. And no, your kids don’t need those chips and cookies either.

5) Learn how to use new spices. This will offer much more variety and flavors in your meals.

And speaking of planning, here’s a little inspiration for planning your healthy paleo-friendly snacks!

5 Paleo Diet Tips

– Apple with almond butter
– Cinnamon Nuts (nuts dusted with cinnamon and baked at 250 degrees about 10-15 minutes)
– Hard boiled eggs
– “Guacamole” salad (equal amounts of cubed avocado and tomato, sprinkle with chopped red onion and cilantro)
– Fresh vegetable juice / smoothie
– Kale chips (coat kale in olive oil and cook at 250 degrees for approx. 20 mins.or until crisp)

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