Unless you have been living under a rock you have likely heard of the paleo diet. But more than likely you don’t know why it is a big deal. Here is some info that will help you understand what the buzz about paleo is all about. In future articles, I will be sharing how to start eating paleo, incorporate it into your life, with shopping charts and more.
So what is Paleo?
Paloe is the way of eating that is knocking people off of their feet. Not only do people who choose to eat paleo look years younger than their age, they are also more energetic, slimmer, and more than anything, they are healthier.
All you have to do is look at the transformations of paleo eaters to be blown away at all that this way of eating can offer. Even without exercise, these people tend to feel like they have found the fountain of youth. Typically they have glowing skin, an ideal weight, and a stamina that cannot be matched. More often than not, the paleo eater seems to be the perfect picture of health and happiness.
But how does it work? What is the secret? What is the Buzz About Paleo All About?
Understanding Paleo and What This Diet is All About
There are a lot of moving parts that make the paleo diet work, but one of the biggest benefits is the way that it naturally reduces inflammation in the body by eating certain foods in their most natural form. Inflammation is known as a ‘silent killer’ because it can help so many deadly illnesses and diseases occur in our bodies.
To make matters worse, most of us deal with inflammation even though we do not realize it. If you find yourself getting sick frequently, feeling lethargic, or unable to lose weight, then there is likely some amount of inflammation in the body, and that can pave the way for something more sinister to start developing in your body.
So while your doctor might tell you that you have developed asthma as a result of adult onset allergies, in reality there is likely inflammation in your body that is making your allergies unbearable. Because those allergies are now unbearable, they may have set you up for full blown asthma attacks. So while the inflammation itself did not cause your asthma, indirectly it is the root of your medical problems. Thankfully, it is times like these when a paleo diet can help.
However, paleo offers much more than simple inflammation relief. It also offers the ability for easy weight loss, and much of that comes from using protein properly.
Protein is essential to your overall health for many reasons. For starters, our bodies require protein for more than 50% of its functions. Everything from skin and nails to healthy bones has something to do with protein. But ironically many of us are protein deficient. This is another area where paleo comes in to save the day.
Because eating paleo relies so heavily on the consumption of healthy meats, it will give your body a big boost in the protein department. Additionally, protein helps you to feel full, allowing you to go longer periods of time without feeling the need to eat.
Paleo also relies on foods that are in their ‘purest form’. Whether it is meats, fruits and veggies, nuts, or seeds, anything that you eat that follows the paleo recommendations will have to be as close to nature as possible. This allows your body to take in and absorb nutrients like never before.
Paleo has plenty of pluses for most people. I have been eating a form of the paleo diet for several years, but I am now ready to move it to a full on paleo diet. Are you ready for paleo to change your life?
Check with your doctor before changing your diet drastically, but remember, the purer the foods, the better your body can break them down and the healthier it is for you. It is a win for your body and your health regardless!