THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE PALEO DIET
Significant advancements have been made since the Stone Age. When we take a closer look, we will realize that the only progress we have really made is related to time and the development of numerous programs and tools which make daily tasks much easier to get done.
As you may be aware, advances in appliances are not all that progressive as it is merely a more passive way to get things done and does have its drawbacks as we are more prone to diseases.
The question is where exactly we are getting it wrong. Why is it that our generation is so afflicted with health issues, a shorter lifespan and obesity? Let us not forget the increase in genetic aberrations and disorders that occur as a result of birth defects.
The Variation in Styles of Eating
Do you remember hearing you are what you eat from your mother? Were you ever in agreement with that statement? Take a moment to look at the difference in the way we eat now and how our ancestors used to eat.
I can just imagine that if some persons from the Paleolithic period happened to be around they would not even consider what we eat to be edible. Approximately ninety percent of the diet is preserved, refined, readymade food. A great portion of our current diet did not exist in that era and historical records show that they were much healthier without all the modern “conveniences” that we have today.
Plan Points for Paleo Food
The thought of adapting to the Paleo style of living or using the Paleo meal plan was introduced by Loren Cordian.
The basis on which the Paleo diet was founded is that the anatomical design of the human body is best suited for a diet that was used in the Stone Age as opposed to the one we currently have.
The body is actually programmed to work best with the food that was eaten in Paleolithic times.
There would not have been livestock rearing or any form of agriculture during that time and the diet was wholly based on fresh vegetables and fruits as well as marine and wildlife.
The only method of cooking in the Paleolithic Era was roasting. As such frying and other methods were not even invented yet.
There was little consumption of grains, dried beans, oils, sugar and sodium in that time period.
The diet was very high in protein and had fewer carbohydrates. It also included no cereals, dried beans or additives.
Wildlife (bison deer etc.), chicken, pork and meat (steak)
Variety of fruits
Essential facts about the Paleo Diet
Weight reduction is possible through the consumption of food low in carbohydrate and high in protein.
A lot of the illnesses we have today such as osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and heart problems are less with the Paleo diet.
There is no need to stress oneself out by working out how many calories to consume.
A lot of the specialists state that the Paleo diet is a bit restrictive. That may be so but we must bear in mind that the cavemen were still able to get by with than restriction and thrive much better than we are now. It really can’t hurt to have a little restriction in our overall diet.
THE SEVEN KEYS OF THE PALEO DIET
Dr. Loren Cordian has actually outlined seven keys in the Paleo diet which he created. His work is based on the thorough analysis of the daily eating habits of the hunter/gatherer societies. After conducting a number of analyses on the elements of the diet in varying amounts, he came to the realization that there were seven common attributes for each. They are outlined below.
Consuming fewer carbohydrates than the amount recommended in the modern western diet. The carbohydrates that are consumed should be from vegetables and fruits and not refined sugars, starchy tubers or grains.
Consuming more animal protein that the western diet allows- approximately fifty five percent of the calories gained from the Paleo diet are from lean animal protein.
Getting the large amount of fiber required from vegetables and non-starchy fruits.
Consuming a diet that has a net alkaline load- when the body has high acidic content the body will have issues on a cellular level and person with this problem tend to suffer from fatigue. All vegetables, fruits and sea greens are alkaline forming. Meat though tends to be acid forming so to have the right net alkaline load the right amounts of each has to be consumed.
Foods with high potassium content and low sodium content are to be consumed. Hydration can be maintained through the consumption of potassium. When the body is properly hydrated it will promote nerve impulse stimulation, muscle contraction and optimal heart function. Foods that contain potassium include most fruits like kiwis, bananas, and leafy green vegetables. High levels of sodium promote dehydration which is not good.
Consume a reasonable amount of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. The same portions of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats should be consumed and the amount of saturated fat consumed should be reduced. Great food options for this include avocado, olives and cold water fish.
Foods rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and plane phytochemicals are ideal for consumption. Phytochemicals are also referred to as phytonutrients and are plant components that enhance the immune system and offer other health benefits in addition to its nutritional value. Great sources of phytochemicals include green tea, seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruits.
If you have made the decision to follow the Paleo diet, you will have to make use of the seven keys to have the best success. Buying a Paleo cookbook will help you to make great recipes but won’t help you to be more aware of why it is best to eat in this way. As always education and knowledge is power. When one understands the seven keys in the Paleo diet you will make better decision with what you consume.