Introduction to Paleo

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Intro

Our bodies have been programmed to eat certain foods for tens of thousands of years.  Some of the foods in the diets of modern society have only been around about 100 hundred years.  These newer foods that have been only been made available recently can slow digestion and metabolism, wreak havoc with hormones, and cause our bodies to both overeat and store excess fat.   This type of diet can also cause chronic systemic inflammation and blood glucose dysregulation.

Let food work for you.  Specific nutrients can stimulate healthy metabolism, regulate hormones related to energy and fat storage, promote a well-functioning immune system and reduce hunger and cravings for unhealthy foods.  The key is to eat a diet that is nutrient dense and not empty calories.  Over 25,000 nutrients exist in nature and most of them can have a positive influence on your overall health.  If you examine the health of the few cultures that still follow a paleolithic type of diet, you will see that they are healthier, leaner, and tend to live longer than those of us who eat diets heavy in sugar, grains, oils, dairy, and processed foods.  Our goal is to examine and break down the benefits of the paleolithic diet.

Your goal is to select and enjoy foods that our ancestors had access to and eliminating all foods they didn’t have access too.  Most chronic disease that exist can be linked to the processed and nutrient depleted foods we consume today.  This is a cheat sheet guide to help you get started.  Majority of foods eaten should be fruits and vegetables.  If you wish you read specific details, please see individual chapter regarding each food category.  I like to remind people to follow 3 simple suggestions.

  1. If you can’t find it in nature, you probably shouldn’t eat it.
  2. If you didn’t make it, you shouldn’t eat it.
  3. It’s time to start building a healthy relationship with food.

There are many reasons why individuals may want to start the paleo lifestyle as it’s known to have many potential benefits. 

  1. Low glycemic carbs that you eat from plants sources can help reduce cravings and increase your energy level.
  2. High fiber foods can help keep you full longer, especially if they don’t contain the starches that are present in grains
  3. Protein contributes to building lean muscle, which can help you burn fat faster.
  4. Omega 3’s and other healthy fats can help make you feel full, slow your body’s metabolism of sugars, keep your blood sugar levels steady, and help you burn stored fat.
  5. Increased vit C from fresh fruits and vegetables, especially berries, can help your body metabolize fat.  The process of metabolizing fat results in burning existing stored fat as fuel and using the fat you eat for energy instead of storing it.
  6. A low-sugar diet can help you avoid insulin resistance and blood sugar level fluctuations.  Steadier blood sugar levels can help keep your energy level constant and reduce fatigue.
  7. Eliminates antibiotics, preservatives, hormones and dyes
  8. Leaves immune system to fight disease instead of battling issues caused from food.