Eating the Paleo way simply means eating the way the caveman ate- meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, or what some might call “close to the ground”. I know you’ve heard of the Paleo Diet…right? Have you wondered how it works? Well, let me tell you, it’s a lifestyle change. Eating lean and clean will solve multiple issues for you, from weight to allergies, IBS, joint pain, acne, migraines, heartburn, high blood sugar, depression and digestive problems. Paleo has helped thousands of people and it can work for you….and this information can help you get on track to a food and lifestyle plan that will change your life.
You may be curious as to how easily you could make such a drastic change in your eating habits, but once you begin to see the results of eating this healthy, high-protein, high-fiber, fat-burning diet you will find it very easy to do. At my house the daily fare is generally chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, fruits and vegetables and has been our diet for several years. The benefits speak for themselves. We are not overweight and we never get sick. There are no prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet. What more can I say? Plenty! Read on!
The Paleo Diet offers much more than simply weight loss, and the positive effects of this diet will amaze you. Our modern diet is at the root of the many chronic diseases that we as Americans suffer from these days. Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol are just a few of the conditions we can blame on our diets. You dig your grave with your teeth, and while that may sound funny it is really the truth. The Paleo Diet limits you to only nutritious, whole foods and eliminates inflammation-causing foods from your diet. That means you never have to starve yourself, but what you do eat will be foods that contribute vitamins, minerals, omega 3’s, enzymes and protein to fuel your body. Not only will you drop the weight, your body will see major health benefits as well.
I have a family member who used to suffer horrible intestinal pain and was even hospitalized with Crohn’s-like symptoms before she switched her diet to the Paleo plan. She has been pain-free for over a year since then. Since she is family, I have heard so much about the amazing health benefits the Paleo Diet has enriched her life with I just had to talk about it. Listed below are some of the major benefits you can expect with this diet:
Your heart, eyes and brain will benefit from the omega 3’s in the salmon and cold water fish you eat.
Your cells will contain the healthiest balance of saturated and unsaturated fats from anchovies, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, tallow and lard.
Your muscles will benefit from the high quality proteins contained in the chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, pork, organ meats, goat and lamb you eat, and as you develop muscle your metabolism will get a boost.
Your intestinal tract will benefit when you eliminate junk food, gluten and chemical additives found in the over-processed and grain-filled foods you are no longer eating.
Muscles use more energy, and your new diet builds muscle which takes the energy that would otherwise be stored as fat and burns it instead.
The fresh vegetables and sea vegetables you are required to eat on this diet supply your body with an excellent variety of vitamins and nutrients, much more than you get from the foods you previously ate.
The fruits that are recommended on this diet are chosen specifically for the type of sugar you should be ingesting instead of the processed sugar your body is currently storing as fat.
Certain foods contain common allergens, such as the gluten found in grains. Paleo foods are chosen for their lack of this and other common allergens. No grains, legumes, oats, sorghum or anything containing gluten means Goodbye Allergies!
Certain foods are known for their anti-inflammatory response in your body. Foods like beets, fatty fish, dark leafy greens, almonds, walnuts, soy, peppers, tomatoes, ginger and turmeric are among the foods you will be eating, and chronic inflammation will be a thing of the past.
Your diet will drastically decrease your carb intake, meaning you are no longer taking in high energy food on low energy needs. You will only eat carbs when you work out, which is the only time they are really needed.
You will only be eating the foods that support good health, therefore lowering your risk of disease.
Everyone’s experience with the Paleo Diet is unique, and I encourage you to share it in the comments below. Someone who is struggling with the decision to begin the journey could very well benefit from hearing about your Paleo journey. Let them and the rest of us hear how Paleo has improved your life. We are all in this together, and every success story out there is motivation for those of us working to improve our bodies and our health. Who knows, you could be the encouragement someone else needs to take the first step to a happier, healthier life!