What is the Paleo Diet?
A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
A paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. A paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes, and grains.
Other names for a paleo diet include Paleolithic diet, Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet and caveman diet.
Benefits of a Paleo Diet
More Muscle, Less Fat
The paleo diet relies heavily on animal flesh and with it comes healthy protein. This protein is very anabolic and is used for building new cells like muscle mass.
The more muscle you have the better your metabolism will work, period! This is because muscles require energy to move and in order to move bigger muscles you must store more energy in them! This allows your body to send energy to muscle cells instead of fat cells!
Paleo diet provides lots of fiber, which together with adequate H2O intake and a smaller intake of sodium help to decrease the bloat many people experience on a Western diet. Plus, paleo diet helps to improve the gut flora which is essential in keeping a healthy digestion.
With a holistic approach to health, going Paleo treats your mind, body, and soul. While your diet is important, so is your fitness and self-care. This includes adequate sleep hygiene. With a properly fueled body, you’ll be more inclined to sleep smarter.
Say Bye to being sick all the time
By following a Paleo diet you are automatically eating more anti-inflammatory foods and cutting out a lot of foods that are known to cause inflammation. You are also eating more foods that contain antioxidants and phytonutrients which are always making the news because of scientific evidence that points to them helping to ward off or battle back cancer, as well as prevent heart disease. You’re also naturally avoiding a lot of the culprits responsible for disease and illness, like fast food and junk food, so you get a more natural version of yourself and open the doors for healing and well-being.
What can you eat on This Diet?
The Downside of the Paleo Diet
It is not a lie that fresh foods can sometimes be pricier than processed foods. The paleo plan can have some negative consequences on your health. With paleo, there’s a shortfall on nutrients. The intake of calcium and vitamin D is also low. In fact, last year in the U.S. News & World Report’s Bests Diet of 2014, paleo came in the last place, largely because it advocates consuming higher amounts of fat and protein than recommended by the FDA.