The Paleo Diet is billed as being not a diet and not to be seen as a diet but as a new lifestyle to live. This so-called cavemen diet consists of protein from animals, healthy fats and potentially a lot of carbs.
It isn't any carbs that suffice but carbs from plenty of fruits and vegetables, that's the trick. A challenge is presented: try the diet for 30 days and see how you feel, if you don't mash with it correctly or it disagrees with you then it might not be the best diet for you.
That's the beauty, there are plenty of diets, finding the one that is right for you may just be a matter of time. I know some people have gone and tried many diets before they found the one that was ideal for them. For example, I found the HCG Diet and it works great for me.
Sticking to the diet 100% of the time is not necessary. Following the diet for 90% of the time and then cheating the other 10% of the time is considered normal. Perhaps the diet is so effective that you can afford to cheat 10% of the time and still come out a winner? Try it and find out.
The diet is about how the paleolithic species lived. They didn't have a lot of carbohydrates yet they still took care of their business as we do today. They didn't count their calories and you shouldn't have to as well with the Paleo Diet. Associated benefits of the diet are a reversal of diabetes, a slowing of depression, help with GI problems and an enhancement to your immune system.
The term "Paleo" doesn't have to refer to cavemen running around millions of years ago, some believe it is just a word acknowledging a natural, clean way of eating; however, Paleo is short for Paleolithic, the prehisotic period during which stone tools were utilized, about 2.6 million years ago.
Protein is categorized as top-shelf and bottom-shelf. Top-shelf proteins are the ones to eat and come from fish, chicken, beef, eggs and shellfish. Bottom-shelf or undesirable proteins are nuts, beans and rice. Bottom-shelf protein while not ideal on the diet, can provide nutrition.
The diet is not a low-carb diet. It may be a high carb diet depending on how many vegetables and fruits you eat per day. By eating carbs from fruits and veggies we can better control our insulin levels. Insulin disarray leads to fat storage.
Grains are not to be eaten while on the diet. Grains to be eschewed are from Barley wheat, corn, oats, rice, etc. While you try this diet for 30 days, note how you feel after you have eliminated the grains. Note, grains include bread, pasta, cookies and so on.
It is also important that you eliminate gluten from the diet. Gluten is from the Latin word for "glue," a hint that it shouldn't be consumed. People have allergies to gluten and for this reason it is believed that everyone should obstain from it initially. It may be possible, in my belief, that gluten at some cellular level is causing micro-allergies that are not evident. These allergies may occur to some degree in all people and are not wholesome. At least, that's how I feel when Doctor's explain to me the whole gluten scare. Gluten can be found in wheat, rye oats and barley.
A staple of the Paleo diet is grass-fed beef. This beef provides monounsaturated fats. These fats can improve insulin sensitivity, glucagon response and decrease cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated fats are also important to the diet because they reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and increase HDL or good cholesterol.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats are related to inflammation, pro or con. They should be consumed in a ratio of one to one or 1:1. It is easy to get enough Omega-6 everyday but Omega-3 is typically more difficult to obtain. Some sources of Omega-3 are wild salmon, anchovies, mackerel, herring, trout, Omega-3 eggs, grass-fed natural beef and an assortment of nuts and seeds (walnuts and flaxseed for example). Flaxseed is great source of hard to obtain Omega-3's. I feel that it is necessary to supplement with Omega-3 fatty acids since it is anti-inflammatory and so hard to obtain naturally but that is my personal preference. Again, achieving a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 fatty with omega-6 fatty acids is what I was also taught in one of America's top 10 pharmacy programs.
The Paleo Diet refers to a manner of eating from natural clean sources. It allows for cheating 10% of the time. Counting calories isn't necessary. The diet may reverse diabetes.
Proteins are divided into desired ones and undesirable ones. Carbohydrates should come from fruits and veggies. Grains and Gluten are forbidden. Grass-fed beef is a staple and provides essential fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats should be balanced in a one to one ratio.
The diet makes sense to me personally. It is requested that you make a personal decision on the effectiveness of the diet by trying it for a full 30 days.
I have heard of the necessity to eliminate grains and gluten before. I have also heard that a ratio of Omega-3's and Omega-6's that is one to one is ideal as a means to fight inflammation and reduce pain. The diet is supported by a doctor, Loren Cordain, owner of the trademark "The Paleo Diet."[2CreateABody] › [Dieting] › Paleo Diet