What You Need To Know About Going Paleo
What’s trendier than kale and the hottest thing since going gluten free? The Paleo Diet! According to Paleo supporters, each and every time you eat you should be asking yourself “What Would A Caveman Do?”
What Is Paleo?
The Paleo diet is based on the idea that modern humans should get back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods while avoiding foods, like wheat or dairy, that cause inflammation to our gut. In other words, this style of eating focuses on food the way nature intended.
The Paleo diet is high in fat, moderate in animal protein, and low in carbohydrates. It consists of fish, meat, eggs, nuts, fruits, and vegetables and cuts out dairy, grains, legumes, excess sugar, and vegetables oils.
How Does Paleo Work?
The science behind Paleo is to turn your body from a carbohydrate-burning machine into a fat-burning machine.
Naturally, your body’s preferred source of energy is from fat. Since fat tends to be a slower burning energy source, it’s more efficient for your body to use. Unfortunately, carbohydrates make up the majority of the average American diet and have turned our bodies into carbohydrate burning machines as opposed to fat burning.
The Paleo diet seeks to remedy this by removing the majority of simple carbohydrates from the standard diet. By reducing the abundance of carbohydrates that most Americans consume on a daily basis, your body can then turn to burning fat stores for energy.
Can You Trust It?
This is where Paleo gets a little tricky. The science behind Paleo is concrete – less junk food, sugar, “bad” carbs, and grains. All around – a great nutritional start!
Beware: It’s easy to fall into “the meat trap” when going Paleo. Big hunks of animal meat all day, every day baby! The underlying problem is a build up of cholesterol and unhealthy saturated fats, which can contribute to heart disease or kidney problems.
Eat Paleo the right way! Create meals based around vegetables and add in lean protein sources like chicken, turkey, crab, or eggs as a side. Swap in healthy saturated fats like avocado, coconut oil, and salmon. Cook up sweet potatoes, yams, and dark leafy greens. Eat small amounts of fruits and nuts. Trade in cows’ milk for unsweetened coconut or almond milk and replace margarine for full-fat butter or coconut spread.
The more active you are, the more carbs you get to eat! Those who are less active would need to cut their carb intake.
The Paleo diet can be a useful tool in losing weight and improving overall health when done correctly. It’s a great choice for anyone looking to get back to their roots – literally.