The Paleo diet is arguably the healthiest nutritional approach because it ensures you eat foods that you are genetically designed to consume. Originally proposed by Loren Cordain (nutritionist,) the principal behind is you simply don’t consume anything which is processed.
Modern day foods are packed with unhealthy, refined sugars and trans fats which have been linked with diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. The Paleo diet was formulated to combat this, and help you be as healthy and happy as you possibly can be.
What Not to Eat On The Paleo Diet
The general rule of thumb would be that when following the Paleo diet is you wouldn’t consume anything that would have been unavailable to a caveman.
Here is a more comprehensive list of foods you shouldn’t eat:
✗ Processed food and sugars
What To Eat On The Paleo Diet
Again, the general rule is that you can eat anything that a caveman would have eaten, however it is a little more restrictive in reality:
✓ Lean Meats
✓ Nuts & Seeds
✓ Healthy fats
Benefits Of The Paleo Diet
✓ Improved blood lipids, which lowers your risk of developing cardiovascular disease
✓ Improved weight loss and ability to burn off stored fat
✓ Stable blood sugar
✓ More efficient workouts
✓ Clear skin and better teeth
✓ Improved sleeping patterns
✓ Balanced energy throughout the day
✓ Reduced allergies
Negatives Of The Paleo Diet
✗ There is a comprehensive list of foods which aren’t allowed, which makes it difficult to follow for some
✗ Some processed foods are healthy staples in nay fitness enthusiasts diet, e.g. cottage cheese
✗ Some ‘banned’ foods such as beans and legumes are shown to reduce risk of disease
✗ Improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels—not to mention decrease BMI
✗ A ‘one size fits all’ diet doesn’t apply to everyone
Take Home Message
The Paleo diet isn’t for everyone, as the list of banned foods is very comprehensive, and leaves a very strict list of foods which can be consumed. It can be hard to follow, but if you think you can, I would highly recommend trying it out over the course of a few weeks to see if it works for you.
If you have any questions are queries, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!