Paleolithic a “Diet”!?
What does the word “diet” mean? Well according to nutritionists by definition of “diet” means all the food you eat. Diet is not just menus for a day or week, but your food choices, Many people use “Diet” to describe a plan for weight loss or specific prescription, So when i use the word “Diet” in my blogs, I am talking about my nutritional lifestyle.
The paleolithic diet is part of a healthy lifestyle which is simple; eat what was available to the hunter gatherers – eat meat (chicken, beef, etc), fish and seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. This diet is also refer to as the actual ancestral human diet. The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of grass-fed pasture raised meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, and nuts and excludes GRAINS, LEGUMES, DIARY PRODUCTS, REFINED SUGAR AND PROCESSED OILS (coconut oil for cooking and olive oil on prepared food are yo be used everyday).
Research has shown that hunter-gatherers consumed their energy source in a ratio of 65% animal and 35% plant – in other words 65% Protein and 35% Plant = 100% of their diet. Foods which our bodies have been designed to eat & digest for over fifty thousand years without needing to cook or “processed”. This type of diet was consumed during the Paleolithic era- 2.5M-10,000years ago with the development of agriculture.
“If our bodies where meant to live healthy on a diet full of artificial sugars and chemicals, then nature would have provided that in our food sources, nature didn’t decide to wait thousands of years for our technology to be superior enough to alter food sources, for them to suddenly become healthy”.
Health benefits associated with this diet as per scientific research, include some of the following:
- Weight loss
- Higher insulin sensitivity
- Lowered Blood Pressure
- High cardiovascular health
- Improved glucose tolerance
- Improved athletic performance
- Reduces inflammation
- Cures Acne
- Increased life span
- Reduction in infectious diseases