How To Eat Like Our Ancestors
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about the Paleo meal diet plan. It could be from a friend, an officemate, or one of your relatives. Heck, I bet you stumbled upon it when you were scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed! For the benefit of both familiar and uninitiated readers, here are some basic pieces of information on how to eat healthily, the Paleo-friendly way.
The Paleo diet is all about eating clean.
When it all boils down to it, the Paleo meal diet plan is – at its core – just another method for eating clean and healthily in order to achieve a desired fitness level. By that, I mean that it is not a diet that specifically works towards weight loss (though it is a welcome side effect). The basic premise of the Paleo meal diet plan is that we should eat food that our ancestors ate before the introduction and practice of agriculture: the Paleolithic Age. Additionally, we should keep these foods in the most natural state that is possible before consumption. That means that processed foods are a huge no-no for practitioners of this diet. The result? A diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
The Paleo diet, like any other diet, is not that easy to follow.
In the present state of society, processed food (grains, dairy products, and legumes included) are virtually everywhere. We see it populating the shelves of our supermarkets, blasting out of our TVs, and literally being feasted on by a vast majority of the population. So, cutting these foods completely out of our diet and switching to organic or free-range food is the biggest challenge for beginners. Some people also find the diet to be restrictive and incomplete, since the prevalence of protein sometimes leads to a lack of nutrition usually provided by the restricted food we so often take in. This same restriction and the lack of portioning may also lead to overconsumption on what the Paleo diet does allow.
Despite the mixed reviews on the Paleo diet, there are irrefutable benefits!
The Paleo meal diet plan in itself is inherently clean, since it exists in the absence of additives, preservatives, and chemicals that can do more harm to your body than good. Your iron intake will also skyrocket because of increased meat consumption, as well as gaining anti-inflammatory benefit that the other components of your diet provide. The restriction on approved foods that everybody keeps whining about actually is the primary cause of the weight loss side effect. And aside from all these health benefits, you will literally feel fuller between each meal. That’s something that not all diets can boast of.
In the end, whether or not you pick up the Paleo meal diet plan will depend on entirely you. If you’re still straddling the fence between yes or no, then it would be best to follow a modified version of the Paleo diet or just start by adapting some of the aspects that are easily integrated into your lifestyle. Because at the end of the day, the Paleo diet is essential all about eating clean.