According to the official Paleo website, it is based “upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted.” That’s where the “Paleo” part comes from. It refers to the food groups consumed by hunter-gatherers in Paleolithic times. The theory is that a modern diet, packed with carbs and highly processed foods, is to blame for most of our society’s health issues. Many chronic illnesses, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are described as “diseases of civilization.” In other words, many diseases can be prevented by reverting back to the diet of our ancestors.
This diet entails saying goodbye to grains and dairy. Paleo supporters are against refined carbs and sugars. They believe if the cavemen didn’t eat it, we shouldn’t eat it, apart from a few exceptions.
The good thing about prescribing to a Paleo lifestyle is that it there are not rigid guidlines, you have to find something that works for you and stick to it. There aren’t definitive rules but guidelines on the right way to eat.
There’s no calorie-counting, and all the fruits, vegetables and lean meat should leave you with a full, satisfied feeling. Two-thirds of a Paleo Diet plate should be comprised of vegetables. High-protein and high-fiber are definite “do’s”, as are eggs, nuts, seeds, and healthful oils. Carbs, dairy, refined sugars, legumes and high sodium are to be avoided. Inflammatory foods are to be steered clear of, which include most products that come in a box or bag at the grocery store.
Energy levels are said to be extremely high on the Paleo Diet, because your blood sugar is not spiking and crashing. Whole foods without preservatives cause your body to run more efficiently.
Losing weight and getting a better physique are not the goal of Paleo, it is the byproduct. The reason that we believe in the Paleo lifestyle is because it is in fact a better lifestyle. The results should be less health problems, cures of diseases, more energy, clearer mind and thoughts, better sleep, and an over all happier and healthier life.