Paleo Diet

Q: What kind of diet do you follow?

A:  We all follow similar diets and they pretty closely follow the Paleo/Primal diet.  The name of the diet comes from the idea that we were evolved to eat certain foods and – to optimize our health – we should stick to those foods.

So – what did we evolve eating?  Meat, fish, fowl, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats (avocados, coconut/coconut oils, olives, olive oil, butter), fruits, nuts, seeds.

What things are missing?  Wheat, corn, pasta, breads, rice, noodles, legumes, added sugar, processed foods

In general – you eat whole foods and eliminate processed foods and, in particular, foods with added sugar.   All in all it’s a healthy diet and, in our experience, has a lot of benefits including weight loss and better lipid profiles.

Some benefits of this way of eating – it’s lower carbohydrate (more on the low carb vs. low fat debate…but you can guess which side we come down on), focuses on lower glycemic index foods, and is gluten free (even people without celiac disease often have a gluten sensitivity and benefit from eliminating it from the diet).

You may have noticed this is kind of anti-USDA guidelines that encourage eating whole grains…there has been a lot of debate recently about how those came into existence and why.  Want to know more about the history of that?  Watch the documentary Fat Head or read Good Calories, Bad Calories…very interesting stuff.

I’ve been asked before why you would want to eat like a caveman if cavemen died so young.  However, according to anthropologists, the reason most of our ancestors died young was because of accidents and injury rather than disease.  Current hunter-gatherer tribes (yes, there are still some out there) have extremely low rates of things like cancer and cardiovascular disease…which happen to be called “diseases of civilization.”  Coincidence?  I think not.  We’ll explore more later…

Some great resources with more information then we could ever cover about eating Paleo or Primal:

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