Many people have heard about the Paleo movement, millions of people from all over the world have embarked on a way of eating that is very contrary to what nutritional experts have been telling us for so many years. But given closer examination, this way of eating isn’t so outlandish. It’s about eating real food, the food that our bodies were meant thrive on.
The Paleolithic diet (also called the paleo diet, caveman diet or stone-age diet) is based mainly on foods presumed to have been available to Paleolithic humans. Wide variability exists in the way the diet is interpreted. ~ Wikipedia
We were never intended to eat the refined flour, sugar, industrial seed oils and chemicals that are the mainstay of our Standard American Diet (SAD). Mankind is in a health crisis. Throughout the industrialized world, people are developing modern diseases our ancestors never heard of. Diabetes, obesity, autoimmunity, these are the diseases that reflect our lifestyle and nutrition. So what would it look like if we embraced the healing foods of our ancestors?
There have been volumes written on the science behind the Paleo diet, and I reference some of the pioneers of this movement at the bottom of the page. I believe the science, but what I believe even more is the profound difference this way of eating has had on my health. I was prediabetic, struggling with two autoimmune diseases when I tried the Paleo diet. It went against much of what I thought I knew about nutrition. Eat a lot of fat and lose weight? Those wholesome grains aren’t so wholesome? No dairy! How can I live without cheese? I had just read “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis a cardiologist that had some pretty convincing things to say about I was just desperate enough to give it a try.
I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach, and that includes the Paleo diet. The premise behind Paleo is to eat the most nutrient dense foods available, and to avoid the foods that harm you. Avoiding the foods that harm you may not look the same for everyone. Depending on your situation and lifestyle, your version of Paleo may look very different than mine. The promise of any whole foods diet is that when approached with knowledge, and an awareness of your trigger foods, it can turn your life around. It did mine.
In future posts I will break down how to make this diet work for you, how to identify your harmful foods. I’ll show you how to make delicious, nutritious meals that will have you thriving.