With so many diet fads, healthy living trends and other food-based lifestyle changes popping up as fast as mushrooms, it is important to do your research before diving in. One of the most popular ones and I am sure you have heard of is the Paleo Diet or Paleo Lifestyle. In this post, I will be discussing what Paleo is, why I am adapting this diet change, and give you factors to ponder on if it’s the right change for you.
What is Paleo Diet?
Paleo diet or Paleolithic diet is a concept that derived its origins from the Paleolithic period, hence the name. During the Paleolithic era, agriculture was not yet developed as well as other food processing technologies. Humans were mostly nomadic, hunter-gatherers who would get food from nature “as they are”. This means that there is no food processing, and the people from the Paleolithic era ate food that is fresh and naturally grown. Fresh meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are all available to eat. People on Paleo lifestyle avoid processed foods, dairy, refined carbohydrates and legumes.
Why am I Paleo?
I decided to take on this form of diet because of the many health benefits. I will be listing some.
Since Paleo diet has certain restrictions such as avoiding processed food or any kind of meal that is produced from food preparations technologies, you will more likely adopt a clean eating habit. There are no excess fats, artificial preservatives, sugars and other chemicals that may harm your body.
There is a benefit with feeling full for the lesser amount of food–it consequently allows you to lose weight if you have been eating in excess in the past. Improved satiety also means you will have fewer cravings for junk food and other unhealthy choices.
The food items allowed in the Paleo diet have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. This means that you can avoid or lessen the effect of diseases and conditions caused by inflammation such as arthritis, lupus, vitiligo, and organ swelling.
Is Paleo Right for You?
After discussing the many benefits, you must be aware that incorporating a Paleo diet and lifestyle involves a commitment to avoid a large portion of food available in most groceries and supermarkets. This means avoiding all the processed foods that you may have eaten and enjoyed in the past, or those which your family members eat. Here are some questions to ask yourself if being Paleo is right for you.
- Can I commit to a lifestyle restricting processed food entirely?
- Do I have allergies to the food options available for the Paleo diet?
- Do I have the time to prepare fresh food or do I have someone to prepare fresh food for me?
- Am I ready to experience adjustments for people in my household who may not adapt to the change?
If you answered these conscientiously in favor of the Paleo diet, then it may be an ideal choice to improve your overall health and well-being.
About our Guest Author: D Scott Carruthers is a talented writer who has a passion for food. He has continuously garnered recognition writing descriptions for popular restaurants. He also has been featured in the local newspaper as a best-selling author.