What Is the Paleo Diet?

I have written the following posts for those soon-to-be Paleo folk that have only just now stumbled out of their cave and have started hearing about this Paleo Diet. You may be a little overweight from your time in hibernation, completely broken from years harnessing your addiction to food or maybe you are an already fit person but looking to tweak your diet and become the fastest and strongest that you have ever been.

What is the Paleo Diet Anyway?

In short, the Paleo Diet is not a diet, but a lifestyle that aims to emulate the best things that made our hunter gatherer ancestors strong, lean and healthy. This generally starts as a diet but quickly encompasses other lifestyle factors such as exercise, sleep and  how we use technology.

From a diet perspective this means eating the foods that were available to our caveman ancestors around 10,000 years ago. These included meat, seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruit. What the Paleo Diet aims to limit is wheat, grains, legumes (beans, peas etc), dairy and processed foods. The Paleo Diet can be pigeon-holed as a high fat, medium protein and low carbohydrate diet but this all depends on your goals as an individual and your level of activity

Why Should I Follow the Paleo Diet?

There is a saying that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution – Christian Theodosius Dobzhansky”. In your own experience you should be able to reflect back throughout your life or even reflect on the life of your parents or grandparents and easily see how the food we eat, the way we sleep and the way we exercise has changed dramatically. Whether this looks like increased sugar consumption, greater reliance on wheat and grains, sleeping shorter hours, watching tv or reading on the iPad before bed, looking at our computer screens all day. Whatever it is, it has changed from the natural way that humans have evolved over 2 million years and it is impacting our health and lifestyle. This impact can be as increased weight gain, increased stress or greater susectibility to diseases such as Diabetes, Alzeimers, Parkinsons and Auto Immume diseases.

Where Can I go to Learn More?

The Paleo Diet was started by Dr Loren Cordain and has been refined by Robb Wolf. Another diet following this template includes the Primal BluePrint by Mark Sisson.