To Go Paleo Or Not? Part 1.
I’m probably asked more often about this diet plan than any other recent fads..due in no small degree to the many cross-fit gyms opening up. I think Paleo has a lot going for it, I follow an almost Paleo diet – low or no processed foods, but I do add in legumes and pulses. I also eat quite a lot of fat from our own free range pork.
So, have a read and see what you think, there are some very interesting points in this and the next 3 parts.
The Paleo problem:
Examining the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet.
By Brian St. Pierre
Unless you’ve been living in an actual cave, you’ve probably heard all about the Paleo – or “caveman” – diet. Maybe you’ve even tried it. A little meat here, some fresh veggies there. Perhaps going grain- or processed-food-free. It’s a cool idea that captures the imagination. But is it healthy? And does it work? That’s what we’ll explore in this article.
What we’ll cover
In this article, we’ll give you a definitive guide to the Paleo diet.
We’ll define just what “Paleo” refers to.
We’ll explain what’s so special about hunter-gatherers.
We’ll review how and what ancestral-style eaters actually do.
Then, we’ll explore the ideas and evidence critically.
What does Paleo promise?
What evidence supports ancestral-style eating?
What might cause our chronic 21st century health problems?
Is the Paleo diet truly primal?
What does our GI tract tell us?
Finally, we’ll give you the all-important conclusion:
What should YOU do with all of this?
The Paleo, or primal, diet is based on two central ideas.
We adapted to eat particular kinds of foods.
To stay healthy, strong, and fit — and avoid the chronic diseases of modernity — we need to eat like our ancestors.
A brief history of eating
Our oldest cousins, the earliest primates, lived more than 60 million years ago. And, just like most primates today, they subsisted mainly on fruit, leaves, and insects.
About 2.6 million years ago, at the dawn of the Paleolithic era, things began to change.
Our early human ancestors started rockin’ the opposable thumb and big brain adaptations. They started using stone tools and fire, and, as a result, slowly changed their diet.
By the time truly modern humans came on the scene about 50,000 years ago, our ancestors were eating an omnivorous hunter-gatherer diet.
The basic Paleo diet
And thus we arrive at a model of a Paleo diet that includes:
animals (meat, fish, reptiles, insects, etc. — and usually, almost all parts of the animals, including organs, bone marrow, cartilage, and organs)
animal products (such as eggs or honey)
roots/tubers, leaves, flowers and stems (in other words, vegetables)
fruits nuts and seeds that can be eaten raw
Recently, many Paleo proponents have suggested that eaters start with the above, then slowly introduce grass-fed dairy (mostly yogurt and other cultured options), and small amounts of “properly prepared” legumes — meaning legumes that have been soaked overnight.
Watch out for part 2 next Friday. We’ see what industrialisation and farmaculture has done for us…..
Eat Clean. live Well. Feel great !