I have been doing a ton of research on Paleo trying to figure out all there is to know about it. A dear friend of mine shared a few things about her Paleo Lifestyle that really got me interested in learning more. Starting in this post, I am going to share a series of posts relating to the things I have learned as I begin my Paleo journey. I cannot stress enough that I am NOT an expert, and do not want to come off as if I know everything there is to know about Paleo. I am learning, and I am a beginner at this, but I want to share with you what I am learning along the way.
So What the Heck is Paleo Anyway?
The premise of the Paleo Diet / Lifestyle is that human DNA has not changed significantly since the Paleolithic era, and therefore we should be following a diet similar to what our ancestors followed thousands of years ago. While we may not know exactly what the typical diet of ancient humans was, we know that it did not include things like bread, fast food, processed foods, or refined sugars, all of which are foods that have little to no nutritional value. Instead, we know that ancient humans ate a diet that was based around natural foods that were readily available, such as proteins, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, all of which are rich in nutrients.
For many people the point of this lifestyle is not to eat exactly what a caveman ate, or live a life exactly as they did. We don't do much hunting or gathering. The point of a Paleo Diet / Lifestyle is to make healthy choices and put foods in our bodies that our bodies were designed to consume. And while the same foods that were available thousands of years ago might not be available today in the exact same form, we can still use the same premise to make good choices with the foods we have available today. To keep it simple - eat REAL food.
The upcoming Paleo blog post I am working on will cover what foods are typically considered “allowed” on the Paleo Diet and which are usually avoided. There is not a black and white template for how YOU should eat, they are just general guidelines to consider. Remember that everyone’s bodies are unique, and you need to find the foods that work best for you.
In my next Paleo post, I will be sharing which foods should be avoided on a Paleo diet.