With all the different diet hacks and weight loss programmes out there, it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. There are lots of controversies out there about the paleo diet and whether it works. In this article, we’ll tell what the paleo diet is along with the benefits it brings.
The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison .
Firstly, I’m going to be honest. Making changes to your diet can be tough, and the paleo diet is no exception. I like to the explain the diet as a representation of what our ancestors, the cavemen would have eaten. If what you’ve dished up on your plate can’t be caught, hunted or picked, it’s not paleo.
Paleo is short for Paleolithic, an era that came before the advances we made in food. This means the majority of foods we see today would not have graced the lips of our fellow ancestors.
Foods such as cereals, potatoes, processed foods, salt and dairy would be a no go. There is research out there that suggests our stomachs are not built for these types of foods and can bring on or worsen symptoms of “leaky gut”.
Dr Michael Mosely has written the book “The Clever Guts Diet”, which gives us an exciting look into the effects that foods such as pasta and bread can do to our bodies.
The paleo diet very much focuses on grass-fed, organic meats, fruit, vegetables, leafy greens and healthy fats from whole foods such as nuts, seeds and olive oil.
Eating this way brings about many health benefits including:
1. Clean Eating
Because the diet promotes eating fresh, organic, natural whole foods, you instantly removed all the unprocessed food you would have had previously.
2. Reduced Inflammation
I started eating this way to avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis flare-ups. Inflammation is closely linked to RA and through studying ways to eliminate this disease, I realised how much food has a part to play in this. As you’ll not be eating gluten, dairy and refined sugars, you’re already making steps towards a body free from inflammation.
With paleo, it’s not about counting calories, it’s about eating rich, nutrient dense foods that are filled with healthy fats and lean proteins. On this basis, you’ll rarely suffer from cravings after dinner and you should always feel satisfied.
4. Healthier Gut
As I mentioned above, processed and unhealthy foods can trigger”leaky gut” syndrome. As your diet is cleaner, your removing foods that would normally irritate the gut. The removal of these foods will give you a happier, healthy gut.
5. More nutrients
By removing processed, unhealthy foods, you make way for the more nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts. This gives your body a better chance of absorbing the good stuff.
As with every diet, there’s always pro’s and cons. Many people believe this diet is flawed as it’s premise is centred around our ancestral heritage “ancestral heritage”, however the overall vision of this diet is to encourage more nutrient dense, organic and lean protein foods which in my mind can’t be a bad thing.
If you’re looking for a way to feel happier, the paleo lifestyle has the opportunity to give you just that.