There has been a huge buzz in the last 10 years about the paleo diet and lifestyle. Many people are adopting this new way of eating and living. You could say that Paleo is the ‘new black’. So what exactly is it though?
Paleo is a word that is used to describe a way of eating based on our caveman ancestors. Paleo is also known as the stone-age diet, hunter-gatherer diet or caveman diet. The Paleo lifestyle focuses on foods available before industrial agriculture, when processed foods did not exist. This is more beneficial for our bodies. Our ancestors did not consume:
- Artificial additives
- Refined and processed oils
These foods are believed to cause inflammation, hormone imbalances and poor gut health. Instead it focuses on consuming unprocessed, unrefined and nutrient dense whole foods including:
- Organic grass fed meat
- Sustainably sourced seafood
- Healthy unrefined fats from plants and animals
- Low glycaemic fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Fermented vegetables
This maximises healing while minimising harmful foods. The Paleo diet consists of 1/3 animal product and 2/3 plant based foods.
The Paleo lifestyle promotes good stress management, regular movement and good quality sleep.
Based on our genetics, it is believed a Paleo way of eating will limit or in some cases, eliminate harmful diseases and autoimmune disorders existing today.
The Paleo way of eating does not involve counting calories but instead encourages you to eat when you feel hungry and to stop when you feel full and satisfied.
It also encourages cooking meals at home so that you are aware of all the ingredients included in your meals, eliminating any chance of hidden additives, sugar and refined, unhealthy oils.