Paleo diet

The Paleo diet is almost certainly the oldest in history. In fact, it dates back around 15,000 years ago. It’s the same diet followed by our Palaeolithic ancestors, a people famed for their fitness and trim physique (if Raquel Welsh in One Million Years BC is anything to go by).

Today, the Paleo diet is modelled on what scientists believe was the hunter-gatherer diet. As you’d expect, then, it is mostly comprised of foods such as nuts, fungi roots, fruits, vegetables, eggs, grass fed animals and fish – in essence, anything that occurs naturally in our environment. Foods such as potatoes, legumes, grains, refined salts and sugars and processed oils are ruled out.

It has been said that the Paleo diet can sure everything from Diabetes and Acne to Gout and Cancer – at least that’s according to one of the leading experts on the Paleo Diet, Loren Cordian Phd. However, claims of a new diet as a be-all miracle cure are quite common. But rest assured – the science behind the Paleo diet is pretty sound.

Its basic principle of steering clear of all foods that don’t occur naturally is a good one. Processed foods are packed full of addictive sugars, which have been attributed to obesioty and hair loss. Cutting out refined sugars is also a good way to ward off the dangers of contracting diabetes and keeping your sugar levels in check.

The diet also recommends that people stick to grass fed meat, a much healthier and sustainable option. Unfortunately, most cattle today is reared on grain. This practice is not good for animals but usually guarantees a fatter and more valuable specimen. However, animals fed purely on grass tend to produce a more delicate and tasty meat. It also provides higher levels of good fats such as Omega 3 and is far lower in calories than it’s grain-fed equivalent. If you can find grass fed meat then, make sure to buy it for the healthier and morally responsible choice.

In sum, the Palaeolithic Diet is not hard to follow. It might be a big adjustment but the rules are simple: avoid processed foods at all costs and only eat food that occurs naturally. At Lizi’s, we always insist that you talk to your GP before adopting a new diet. However, if you’re looking for a dietary change, there is little about the Palaeolithic diet that doesn’t recommend it.

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