Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014
What is the Paleo Diet
You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz lately about the Paleo Diet – a way of eating that mimics that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
So what exactly is the Paleo Diet?
When most of us see the word ‘diet’ we think about cutting calories and fat, but the Paleo Diet stresses that it’s what you eat, not how much you eat, that’s important. In fact, proponents of the Diet say you should eat when you want and eat as much as you want – provided you stick to the appropriate foods.
The Paleo, or Paleolithic, Diet includes meats, poultry, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds…basically anything that could be hunted or gathered. The Diet excludes foods that were not part of the human diet before the Agricultural Revolution. This includes mainly grain-based foods like pasta, bread and cereals, as well as legumes, refined sugar, and dairy. It probably goes without saying, but processed foods are a definite no-no on the Paleo Diet.
So why go Paleo?
Proponents of the Paleo Diet point to inflammation and acidity as the underlying culprits in these health problems. So, the Paleo Diet’s two main goals are to reduce acidity in the body and to reduce inflammation.
Eating plenty of veggies not only provides vitally important vitamins and minerals, but also makes the body’s internal environment less acidic. This means less stress on the kidneys and less interference with your body’s metabolic processes.
Secondly, the Paleo Diet stresses eating plenty of seafood and free-ranging grass fed meats. Why?
Because of their omega-3 content.
Omega-3 fatty acids are shown to reduce inflammation and research suggests a myriad of other health benefits.
In many ways it seems that our ancestors’ diets may have held the keys to good health. One thing that is certain is that we all can benefit from eating more nutritionally dense, unprocessed foods that provide the building blocks our bodies need to build healthy tissues.