Friday, 4 January 2013

Where Does The Paleo Diet Menu Come From?

Expert Author Oliver R. James
Diets of every type and description are now a huge part of modern society. Given all the choices, it's to your best interest to have a working knowledge of any diet you choose to follow. A lot of the currently popular diets suggest limiting the amounts of meat you eat. Cutting back on carbohydrates and focusing primarily on fruits and vegetables is also a common theme. What makes the Paleo diet different from any other diet is what it's based on, the eating habits of the very first human beings.

Paleo stands for Paleolithic or the time period we now refer to as the Stone Age. Another way to understand the Paleo diet is to call it the "Hunter Gatherer Diet" as it's made up of foods that could be hunted (meats and seafood) and gathered (fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds). At its' most common level, the Paleo diet is based on eating foods available to our ancient ancestors before the start of agriculture and animal husbandry.

The founding principle of the Paleo diet is that modern humans are hereditarily suited to match the diet eaten by ancient man - fresh unprocessed food. The Paleo diet is full of foods with a high nutritional value. Lean meats and seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds make up your menu list. Foods created after the start of agriculture such as grains, dairy, sugar and salt and any processed combination of this list are to be avoided as they lead towards weight gain and a variety of health problems such as high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.

Because it promotes high protein consumption, the Paleo diet is popular with athletes of many different sports. Basic components of the diet are chicken, turkey, beef, pork, game meats, lamb, fish and shell fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Root vegetables are super popular but try to avoid the starchy ones such as potatoes and sweet potatoes. All of these foods should be free of additives. Something we all should avoid for good health!
So now you know the theory behind the Paleo diet, you might be asking yourself why you should give it a try.

 There are many compelling reasons about living the "Paleo" lifestyle. A Paleo menu is naturally low in carbohydrates and in calories. A diet low in carbohydrates has been shown to lower the risk of developing coronary heart disease. The diet is also high in fiber - a good thing. A good level of fiber in your diet helps lessen the chances of contracting coronary heart disease or diabetes. Another plus for high fiber is the potential for weight loss.
If you're an allergy sufferer, the Paleo diet is a great choice. A huge number of processed foods made by humans contain gluten and/or casein. Gluten and casein are common ingredients in developing allergies.

 If you follow the Paleo diet, you will not be eaten any of these ingredients so that part of the allergy problem is removed from the equation. "Paleo" approved foods are based on the menu available to ancient man before agriculture came about. That means no salt, sugar or additives. It also means on trans fats or hydrogenated oils. Consumption of trans fats and hydrogenated oils is linked to serious weight gain and a whole host of other weight problems. With the Paleo diet, you're giving yourself an excellent chance to improve or restore your health. What could be better. Here's to your health.
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