Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Paleolithic (Paleo) Diet

As you guys know, I've been on a broken journey to improve how I eat while shading a couple (or 27) pounds.  While having brunch with a friend (Hi Kim) this past Sunday, she informed me that she was entering her 3rd week of the Paleo Diet.  In her first week, she lost 15 pounds! 

The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.

Hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations, including:
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acne
  • Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux
  • Gout

Source: The Paleo Diet

One thing I got out of our convo is that she had to make Paleo work for her and not to be so strict, which is right.  It's very hard to just cut things off, I think it's a gradual process.  Besides the weight loss, this diet should give me energy (which is something I've been lacking for a while)!

Any who, on Sunday, the boyfriend and I went grocery shopping and picked up a host of fruit and vegies.  Fingers crossed!
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