What in the world is the “Paleo Diet”?
For those who do not know what the “Paleolithic” Diet is, I will give a brief summary. The Paleolithic Diet ( A.K.A Paleo, Primal [with some variations], Grok Diet, Neanderthal Diet, Caveman Diet, Anti-Aging or Anti-inflammatory Diet) is a way of eating that best mimics the diets of our “hunter-gatherer” ancestors. In simple terms, “If you can kill it, if you can pick it, and if its possible to eat without cooking, than its Paleo” ( just so there is no confusion- this is not a “raw diet”, you are allowed to cook your food)
The premise of the Diet is based on the hunter-gatherer diet of the Paleolithic Period. Why this time period? Many of our Westernized diseases didn’t come into existence until AFTER this period of time, also known as the Neolithic Period, which brought us the Agricultural Revolution ( the domestic farming of grains). When grains came of the scene, the way humans ate changed forever, with consequence – some good, some not so good. Through anthropology, we know a great deal about our Paleolithic ancestors: They had strong bones, they were taller, well built, and very lean. Contrary to popular belief, these “cavemen” did not suffer from the health issues that plague us today ( most deaths were from viruses, surviving the elements, infant mortality, and accidents – not disease).
To help wrap your mind around the Paleo Concept:
Next question from you newcomers may be: WHY? What?? I cant eat bread?? No Pasta? No Beer?? No cookies?? No Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits?? Are you F$@*ing crazy, woman!?
To answer all these questions would take for-ever, and it is the whole reason why I started this page. However, I will say: No. I am not crazy (shush, Jeremy), and yes. There IS life beyond grains and McDonnald’s… a wonderful life at that! A life free of depression, free of acne, free of many cancers and complications/symptoms from auto-immune diseases like Crohns, Psoriasis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Celiac’s, Scleraderma, etc, etc. NOT TO MENTION, the dreaded “Metabolic Syndrome” or “Syndrome X” which plagues millions of Americans today ( this refers to risk factors such as Obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, high cholesterol, weight gain, etc which increase the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 Diabetes). I am leaving hundreds of ailments out of this list, by the way ( just for you).
Am I saying that following this diet will make you live a long and prosperous life? No. There are so many factors in life that are out of our control. Am I saying this “diet”, pardon me…. “way of life” will solve all of your health concerns and cure you of all your diseases?? Not at all. What I can guarantee is this: Your “quality of life” can greatly improve from this diet. You may not live to see 90, but your “quality of life” will be greater, until the day you die. How many diets can do that? POW POW! 🙂
Whether you are a teen tired of your acne, suffering from an auto-immune disease, or struggling to lose those last 15 lbs, the Paleo Diet can help. I struggle with using the word “diet”, because diets eventually fail. This is a lifestyle change. You can be on it for the rest of your life. There is no ” portion control” , and no need to be perfect, unlike most diets. If you can make the full 100% cross over, you will reap the most benefits. If you can’t, you can follow the 80/20 rule: Paleo Diet at least 80% of the time. What you do with that other 20% is up to you.