• T. Vallone CCH, FNP, ND

All You Need to Know About the Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet has taken the world by storm and how! Many people staunchly follow this diet because they believe that it’s perfect for our genetic makeup. In fact, nutritionists who swear by this diet feel that every human being is supposed to eat this way because our ancestors supposedly ate the same kind of food.

So what is all the hype about? What exactly is the Paleo diet? Let’s have a look, shall we?


The Paleo Diet

The Paleolithic Diet, the caveman diet, or the stone-age diet dictates that people should stick to foods that were available to our ancestors in the Paleolithic age. According to them, a diet rich in lean meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and berries is enough to meet our daily nutritional requirements. It’s important to remember that the agricultural revolution kickstarted only 10,000 years ago and that was when human beings became used to processed grains and sugar. However, some nutritionists believe that this diet revolving around agricultural produce gradually but surely affected the health of human beings.


On the other hand, our Paleolithic ancestors were lean, fit and healthy. In fact, their survival depended on how physically fit they were and this speaks volumes about how healthy their diet actually was. In fact, we can see glimpses of the effects of such a diet in the strong, lean frames of indigenous people living in different parts of the world who still hunt animals and forage for food in the forests.


Unlike us, our paleolithic ancestors did not eat dairy.After all, it would be really difficult to catch a wild animal and milk it! Animal husbandry became a thing much later. Salt, grains, and sugar were hardly consumed. In fact, the only sugar they approved of was honey. Their diet was essentially a low-carb, high-fiber diet because they consumed lean meat, leafy vegetables, and wild fruits like berries. Even the fats that they consumed were healthy monounsaturated ones, nothing like the foods bloated with trans fats that we consume in the 21st century.


Conclusion

Thousands have claimed that the Paleo diet makes them feel more energetic and active throughout the day. It helps them to sleep better, keeps their digestive system healthy and also keeps cholesterol at bay. This diet is very reminiscent of Dr. D'adamo's blood type O diet. So, the Paleo diet is one of many diets out there and is trending right now. It is one example of a diet that many consider to be a healthy one.I happen to like to eat this way, but I don’t believe there is one diet that is right for everyone. So, if you’d like help finding the diet right for you, call and make an appointment. I’ll help you with weight management.

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