The Paleo Diet

My last blog was about Diet Plans. Today’s topic is going to look at the Paleo Diet.

A note before we get started. This material is for educational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction, and/or treatment. If you have specific questions or concerns you should always consult your family doctor and/or a nutritionist before starting any diet plan.

What Is the Paleo Diet?

The diet plan promotes a return to eating the way our ancestors did in the Stone Age. That’s right before agriculture came along humans survived by eating meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, and limited amounts of fruit, nuts, and seeds. This Paleo Diet is based on the idea that our bodies do best when fueled by foods that existed in the Paleolithic era.

How to follow the Paleo Diet

The diet involves limiting any foods that were not available to early humans, such as processed foods, grains, legumes, dairy products, and sugar. The plan encourages you to eat minimal amounts of whole foods, such as meat, fish, poultry, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds.

What foods are not allowed on the Paleo Diet?

No sugar, grain, dairy, legumes, or beans on the paleo diet. No highly processed cookies or cakes and no foods with added hormones or artificial ingredients. This leaves you with nutrient-packed foods, many of which are excellent sources of fiber, which helps you feel full and satisfied.

Other benefits

Promotes heart health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly one-third of all deaths. Promising research shows that the paleo diet may help improve your heart health. It does so by reducing several risk factors for heart disease.

There have been studies with people with high cholesterol levels who followed the paleo diet for four months experienced lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as improved HDL (good) cholesterol and reduced triglyceride levels. Another study had similar findings after just two weeks on the Paleo Diet. If you have questions and/or concerns you should talk to your family doctor.

Supports blood sugar control

Research suggests that this diet may help reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Increased insulin sensitivity can improve your body’s ability to use insulin effectively and support healthy blood sugar management. Once again if you have questions and/or concerns you should talk to your family doctor.

Does it aid weight loss?

In recent years, several studies have found that diet may help with weight loss. The plan is high in protein, which can reduce levels of ghrelin – the “hunger hormone” – so that you have a full feeling longer after eating, reducing your hunger cravings, thus eating less.

Last Thoughts

The Paleo Diet is an eating pattern based on the diets of early humans is believed to help prevent chronic disease and improve overall health. The traditional diet involves limiting processed foods, grains, legumes, dairy products, and added sugar and eating mostly whole foods instead.

The Paleo Diet restricts several healthy food groups and can be expensive. Those with dietary restrictions may also find it challenging to follow. Research shows that the diet could help improve heart health and enhance blood sugar control.