In the early 2000’s the Paleo diet started to gain popularity as one of the newest health trends for clean eating. While the paleo movement was popularized by Dr. Loren Cordain in his 2002 book, The Paleo Diet, the idea behind this lifestyle choice was developed by Gastroenterologist Dr. Walter Voegtlin in 1975. The idea behind the Paleo Diet, also known as the Paleolithic Diet, is that as humans we should eat more like our “cave person” ancestors from the Paleolithic era. With that in mind, there are several things to consider if you are thinking about adopting this eating regimen.
- Hunt and gather – Paleo Diet is based on the consumption of whole foods. This means if you cannot hunt for it or gather it in the wild, it should not be consumed. Thus, lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables are a staple of the program.
- Not from a box or dairy – In the Paleolithic era, there were no domesticated cows, therefore, dairy products were not consumed. Additionally, processed foods that come from a box were not available. And, if there is more than one ingredient in the food you are consuming, it should not be on your plate.
- Veggie love – If you love fresh veggies, this is the eating plan for you. Because the nomadic lifestyle could not guarantee fresh meat, vegetables were a mainstay of their diet.
- Free range – Individuals who are fully committed to the Paleo lifestyle often choose free range organic meat choices or ones that they hunt for on their own.
- Exercise – A healthy lifestyle includes both a well-rounded diet and a fitness program. The normal routine of a cave person would require a great deal of activity. While we do not recommend moving into a cave, consider adopting a fitness program that incorporates short bursts of running, strength and agility as well as full body stretches for limber muscles.
The Paleo Diet might not be a lifestyle choice for everyone, but it does provide some excellent guidelines for healthy eating, including lean proteins, low carbs and plenty of veggies. Adding fitness to the mix is a great way to impact your total health for the better.
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