paleo diet

For many people, trying to find the right lifestyle can be a tough challenge. It is easy to try out various lifestyles, from going vegan to going down the ‘straight edge’ route of cutting out things like alcohol. However, sticking to one of these lifestyles is far more demanding in terms of time, effort, and discipline than simply trying it out. Today, a common choice for those looking to lead themselves down a certain path would include the paleo lifestyle.

The paleo lifestyle is one that is built around following the paleo diet. This is a dietary and lifestyle plan built around eating and consuming the kind of foods commonly eaten during the Palaeolithic era. This was estimated to be anything from around 2.5 million years ago to as early as 10,000 years ago. So, these diets are typically built around a kind of ‘hunter-gatherer’ kind of living, where someone will mostly eat foods that include:

·        Lean meats

·        Seafood and fish

·        Fruits and vegetables

·        Nuts and seeds

For many, sticking to the paleo lifestyle means trying to find a good balance between all of the above. This means that most people would have stuck to this diet because, until about 10,000 years ago, farming was not really a practice that was followed. As such, most people were relying upon diets built around things like the above as opposed to mostly farm-created foods like legumes, grains, and dairy foods.

Some even refer to this derisively as a ‘caveman diet’ but it is far more refined and intelligent than such a term makes it sound.

Why should I take on the paleo lifestyle?

The main reason is that many of us want to return to a more natural means of eating. By returning to a diet more akin to what our ancestors would have eaten, some find they are more likely to enjoy a consistent eating style. Another reason is that many followers of the paleo lifestyle believe that the human body is not really supposed to eat what makes up most of a modern diet.

Farming practices, it is believed by some, has led us to eat a lot in our diets that we should probably be avoiding. Indeed, many believe that things like the addition of so many dairy products are not positive four or bodies. Dairy products, legumes, and grains are now a common part of the average person’s diet. However, speak to a paleo expert, and they will tell you that these are not really things that you should be eating.

They believe that, according to the discordance hypothesis, our bodies are unable to adapt to the diets that we now eat. They believe that our bodies are not really used to dealing with such dietary adjustments, and it plays a leading role in problems including obesity, weight gain, and issues such as heart disease.

So, many people follow the paleo lifestyle as they wish to return to a diet that feels more ‘natural’ and ‘in sync’ with how we lived for millennia beforehand.

What does the paleo lifestyle avoid?

Many people are unsure, though, about what makes up a true paleo lifestyle. For most people, then, their diet will consist of the above. Most of the time, you will be looking to cut out the following foods from your life as much as you realistically can:

·        Grain foods, such as wheat and oats as well as barley which are commonly farmed

·        Legumes and the likes, including beans, lentils, and peas

·        Dairy products of all kinds, including items like milk and yoghurt

·        Potatoes and other starchy products which were mostly farmed

·        Highly processed foods and, for those truly sticking to the principles, all processed foods

·        Salt and refined sugars, as these again would not have been used much prior to farming

Anyone who is truly serious about sticking to the aims and beliefs of the modern paleo lifestyle should be trying to avoid eating any of the above. One of the main reasons why someone might go down the route of adapting to the paleo lifestyle is for more consistency.

When we allow ourselves to eat more or less anything that we can find and come across, we become less consistent. This can lead to a loss of dietary balance, making it supremely easy for someone to gain weight or fall into poor eating habits.

By limiting what you eat to the kind of things that we ate prior to farming, though, the paleo lifestyle believes that it can help you to restore a more consistent balance into your day-to-day life.