Food for Thought


What is the Paleo Diet?

I recently read a great article on the “Paleo Diet” and thought I should share my views. In my mind, the “Paleo Diet” provides a solid base of a good healthy eating plan.

The Paleo diet is basically formed on what early man (Neanderthal) would have eaten back in the day. The basic concept of the diet is that if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you.

As stated in Steve Kamb’s article ‘the beginners guide to the Paleo Diet’, the diet allows you to eat  “…anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds.” That also means that anything man-made – such as bread, pasta and cereal – have to go!

The reason I enjoy this healthy eating option is it encourages people to get away from counting calories (which I, like the writer of the article, both dislike) and gets you to focus more on eating high-quality nutrient dense proteins and vegetables.

The article also looks into why the Paleo Diet is good for us genetically. Although we have been producing farmed goods for a while now, are bodies don’t process these foods as well as they should. Kamb states “The problem is, our bodies never adjusted properly to eating all the grains that we we’re now farming. So, instead of loading up on meat, vegetables and seasonal fruits, we’ve become a species “dependent” upon grains – bread, pasta, rice, corn, and so on.  The government continues to recommend 6-11 servings of grains a day, and people continue to get fatter and fatter by the day.”

Being a Personal Trainer and trying to preach a healthy lifestyle to my clients, it becomes increasingly tougher when the healthy options are becoming more and more expensive, while the cheaper and less nutritional options are so much easier and affordable. It seems unfair that as a society we encourage people to eat healthy, but really aren’t giving them much of an option. Another valid point to consider in the article is that eating healthy now, might cost more, but that could be saving you thousands of dollars on medical bills later in life.

Ultimately if you are looking for results and are serious about a healthy future, the Paleo Diet might be a good option for you to consider in a new eating plan.  I don’t mean you have to live and die by it, but its general beliefs of what you should and shouldn’t eat, could keep you healthy and happier for the rest of your life.

Click here to read the full article


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