Paleo-Is shorthand for the Paleolithic diet, a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. Although there are a growing number of variations, the Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes what are perceived to be agricultural products: grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. Proponents argue that modern human populations subsisting on traditional diets, allegedly similar to those of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers, are largely free of diseases of affluence, and that Paleolithic diets in humans have shown improved health outcomes relative to other widely recommended diets. It is based on several controversial premises the most important of which are: first, that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago; second, that modern humans are adapted to the diet or diets of the Paleolithic period; and third, that it is possible for modern science to discern what such diets consisted of.
Apparently the cave dwellers of the Stone Age knew a thing or two about nutrition, because modern nutrition experts have developed a new craze with the Paleo diet, purporting a myriad of health benefits such as fat loss and a boost in energy. However, though some individuals have reported increased energy while on a Paleo plan, many others have reported a slump in energy levels. For this reason, I want to remind readers that it is essential to determine what works for YOUR body. Paleo may work wonders for you, or it may be a turn in the wrong direction too.
It’s fair to say that a perfect storm has ravaged westernized societies. In order to meet demands of growing populations and whet the taste buds of consumers, food manufacturers infuse their products with a cocktail of hormones and preservatives, which include potentially harmful GMOs. Technological advances have spiked screen time over the years while greatly reducing time spent being active. Given these circumstances alone, it’s no surprise that people are overweight and less healthy than they were generations ago.
Looking to start following the eating habits of the cave man and go Paleo? If so then you need to start eating more like a predator and less like their prey! Predators eat meals while as their counterpart, prey, grazes on snacks. This means you need to eat quality meals which will help sustain you through to your next meal, but that won’t make you bogged down, sleepy, and tired. Here are some simple tips to get you on your way to following the way of the caveman!
I have many good things to say about the Paleo diet. It was eating in this manner & following blogs & listening to podcasts from many of the top Paleo people including Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain, Chris Kresser, Mark Sisson & Abel James that rekindled my passion for nutrition, that had mostly been drained by towing an out of date company line in a Hospital setting. Also, it was the Paleo-sphere that combined with my own practical experience led me to re-design my nutrition strategies for clients in my clinical practice.