One of the most recent diets that has become popular is the paleo diet. It seems like everyone is turning to the paleo diet to become healthier. But, what exactly is the paleo diet? Is it healthy? Whether you haven’t heard of the paleo diet before, or you’re interested in starting the paleo diet, here is a quick beginner’s guide to the paleo diet.
What is the paleo diet and why is it popular?
The most basic definition of the paleo diet is that it is the way of eating as nature wanted humans to. The reality is that nature intended for humans to eat natural ingredients instead of cooking and eating foods full of preservatives and other healthy ingredients. It is known that humans have been alive for around 2 million years. But, up until the past 10,000 years, humans did not follow a diet that the average person has today. Thus, the way humans currently eat is relatively new and unnatural. Many nutritionists and health enthusiasts have realized this, and have actively searched for a solution of how we can follow a diet that is similar to the diets of our ancestors. One of the solutions was found in the book The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. Wolf’s book, combined with similar books, such as The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, has sparked the paleo diet’s popularity.
What foods can I eat on the paleo diet?
A good rule of thumb to follow on the paleo diet is that if our ancestors wouldn’t eat it, then you shouldn’t. This means that you shouldn’t eat any cookies, chips, or even breakfast cereal. Another good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients in the food, and you are aware that it contains a ton of preservatives and chemicals, then you shouldn’t eat it. Some of the foods that you can eat on the paleo diet are; lean meats, seafood, eggs, vegetables, less sugary fruits, and nuts.
What about grains and dairy?
Whole grains and dairy are generally not paleo diet foods, there are some exceptions. Mark Sisson, who runs the blog Mark’s Daily Apple, consumes some fermented dairy products although he adheres to the paleo diet. But, if you’re going to consume dairy, it’s important to know that whole milk the least processed out of all of the other milks. Consuming dairy products and grains is typically recommended for beginner paleo dieters because it eases the process of the extreme diet change. But, it’s important to note that people who have been following the paleo diet for a long time will not eat grains or dairy products.
How does the paleo diet work?
In the most basic terms, the paleo diet works because you aren’t consuming processed foods. Instead of consuming foods that are high in fat, and full of sugars and preservatives, you are consuming natural foods. Thus, you are eating clean and consuming less cheap carbohydrates. While cheap carbohydrates will give you quick energy, they are detrimental to your health in the long run as they promote the storing of fat. So, the paleo diet helps stimulate your body to burn fat in a faster and healthier way.
Is the paleo diet safe?
There are many rumors and misconceptions about the safety of the paleo diet. But, the paleo diet is completely safe and is even a healthier diet than the typical diet of the average person. The paleo diet is only deemed as unsafe when people who follow the diet do not eat enough carbohydrates and protein, and only focus on eating a minimal amount of fruits and vegetables.