What you need to know about the Paleo Diet
It is still a very great success: The Paleo diet.
Will this trend stay or will it be forgotten this diet over time, as so many trendy diets.
One of the most recent and very popular diets is the Paleo diet.
Time will tell whether it will a very efficient and effective one or one that doesn’t work.
In this article I will explain to you what the diet exactly is and its benefits and its cons.
This because with everything popular around it always has some critical opinion formed about it.
These critical opinions sometimes might be very harsh and be very biased.
This might be due to the fact that the person didn’t had any success with the diet.
It might the that the diet didn’t fit with the time schedule or for other personal reasons.
Therefore, I would like to discuss in this article the possible advantages and disadvantages of the Paleo diet.
Just what you need to know about the Paleo diet. So that in this way everyone can make his or her own choice.
Introduction: What is the essence of the Paleo Diet?
The principle is to eat like our ancestors ate.
Diseases that we know today didn’t exist at that time.
So the Paleo-diet would ensure that you will not suffer from the diseases we have nowadays.
Think for example of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The whole diet is composed from the idea that the present industrially processed products previously did not exist, so with the Paleo Diet, you will be altogether safe from having these lifestyle diseases.
Another principle also plays a role: Our body needs to adapt to the continues changes in dietary.
In the last thousands of years, particularly the last 100 years, our diet changed rapidly.
And as a result our body has some difficulties with the rapid adjustment.
So when you get your burger at the Mc Drive, you will notice that your body will protest to these new foreign substances.
The end result is that there will be arising a lot of diseases, essentially what we call “lifestyle diseases”.
So what does the Paleo diet stand for?
Eating healthy fats is a big pillar of the Paleo diet. And mainly, because of the many studies of the effect of healthy fats, which indicate that you get fewer problems with eating healthy fats.
You will reduce the chances to get: obesity. Cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
Proteins are of vital importance to your body. Proteins are essential, for example, for the build-up of muscle tissue and cells.
In addition, proteins provide a feeling of fullness, so you automatically eat less by a ‘full’ feeling.
Fruit and vegetables
We all know that fruits and vegetables are a very important source of minerals, vitamins and contain very strong antioxidants.
All of these substances will ensure that your body will work more efficiently, and so that you feel better.
By eating plenty of fruits and vegetables you will reduce significantly the chances of getting diabetes and cancer. (The great exception, which you can NOT eat in the Paleo diet is the Nightshade family. See below.)
Cereals, including all flour products, are unacceptable. Paleo sees corn as an edited and modified product.
At the Paleo-time we were hunters, and no farmers. So No to cereals!
NO milk or other (derived) milk
Also, dairy products, and all products derived from them, or you will naturally need a cow standing in the backyard.
But even this does not fit the Paleo-list!
Once again in The Paleo-time we were hunters, and no farmers with livestock.
NO fruits and vegetables from the nightshade family
Although most products from the nightshade family have a very good reputation in the field of health, they are out of the question in the Paleo diet.
Examples include potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant.
NO processed products
This is actually the most difficult thing about the diet:
All the food that we know is in one way or another arrangement.
Fortunately, Paleo focuses on the severely refined products.
These include bread, pasta, biscuits, sweets, sugar and milk.
The claimed benefits of the Paleo Diet
If you absorb the above information well, then the advantages must be quite obvious.
You do not get processed, industrial products such as sugars and refined carbohydrates, so you’ll feel better in general.
For example, participants in the diet have a clearer skin, fewer allergies and lose excess weight.
There are people who claim that they are happier and sleep better.
Also you what you get of the diet is improved resistance.
Paleo has the main advantage that by avoiding the processed products, the risk of all kinds of lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases decrease sharply.
Needless to say this can have major benefits for your health and wellbeing.
The claimed disadvantages of the Paleo Diet
One of the major drawbacks of the Paleo diet is the fact that certain types of food should be completely banned.
Fortunately, you can adjust well to your food, at least if you can cook it yourself, but if you eat out or are live abroad temporarily, it will be quite difficult.
Another major drawback is the suitability for vegetarians as meat and fish one of the great pillars of the diet.
Where many people have the most trouble with is avoiding the processed and refined products such as sugars.
Although sugar is indeed very bad for the body, it gets us literally brought up on that that sugar is good and that you have this “need”.
Believe me, there are more cases of sugar addiction than you think. Typically, a lot of people are unware of this fact…….
So is therefore Paleo the ideal diet? No, not at all!
Don’t get me wrong but I don’t condemn the diet. If you want to live healthier, and possibly want to lose weight, there is nothing wrong with the Paleo diet.
My problem is more in the whole concept around it.
Be honest now: If you assume a diet where you may only have to avoid food, sugars and healthy products, then you already have 90% of the Paleo diet.
There are some conditions which you need to bear in mind with the Paleo-story: namely, the conditions under which they lived:
- The Paleo-time people got a lot more sunlight on the (bare) skin. Because of this they had normal levels of vitamin D. Because we are only at the office or in the car at this time, everyone has a chronic lack of vitamin D.
- Prehistoric man went to sleep when it got dark, or when the fire died. Nowadays, with the aid of artificial light, we stay awake until we almost naturally fall asleep.
- You can imagine the primitive man distributing meals throughout the day. They did not have the luxury of a refrigerator and Tupperware containers in which you can store a healthy snack. On the other hand, I can imagine that primitive man relied much on a combination of ‘relished’ berries and seeds they encountered on the way.
- Primitive man was always active. All day hunting through, races and other sportive activities. This stands in stark contrast to today’s reality in which we travel by car or train, and spend all day behind a desk during our workday.
The Paleo diet is definitely healthy. Absolutely great.
But the whole basis of the Paleo-principle, for my taste contains to much hassles that you need to take into account.
And is very hard to hold on with in nowadays society…….
In the end if you want to live healthy, you should take action and make decisions for yourself that benefit you.
In some way that is what the Paleo diet stands for.
If you are still interested in the Paleo diet. You can give it a try.
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