Looking for a different nutritional diet plan with good health benefits? There are a lot of options out there and the Paleo Diet™ is among them. The movement was started by Dr. Loren Cordain who is the leading authority on the evolution of diet and disease. Through his extensive research into paleolithic diets to modern times he has created a nutrition practice based on the the pre-historic hunter-gatherer diet. Our bodies’ evolution has not kept up with the evolution of processed food. This in part may be contributing to the current obesity crisis.
The Paleo Diet practice is based on several factors to help optimize your health and help you lose weight if you have that as a goal. For more information you can visit, www.thepaleodiet.com. In short the practice includes:
- High protein intake – modern humans take in much less protein of hunter-gatherers, the diet calls to up this
- Reduce intake of carbs and up low glycemic foods – fruits and vegetables, enough said
- High fiber intake – stick with non-starchy vegetables versus whole grains
- Moderate-to-high intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, with a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 – these are the “healthy” fats
- Balance alkalinity and acidity – a body that is consistently acidic may lead to disease, eat foods that are alkaline or counter acid
- Up intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals – opt for foods high in nutritional value, typically this is not whole grain foods but grass fed meats, fruits and vegetables
Basically the idea is to stick with real food. Hunter-gatherers didn’t have processed foods only what naturally grew. Keep in mind that during this stage in human evolution grains such as wheat weren’t cultivated or domesticated. Though grains have been around for a while, they didn’t begin to become a domesticated staple of the human diet until around 6500 BC. If you compare that today where grains is a major component of our food supply. Wheat is in a lot of foods that you wouldn’t even think contain wheat. There is a movement to give up gluten, but primarily wheat. The premise is that our bodies may not be fully adjusted to this increase of grains. Our minds have evolved exponentially compared to our biology.
The theory, backed up by research, is that if we nourish ourselves with the food our bodies are best designed to digest we will experience optimal health results.
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