You might be considering the Paleo diet in 2015 since it still surprisingly trending. Let me share with you some information before you jump into this constrictive diet.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (which is the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals), The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet, also called the “Caveman” or “Stone Age” diet, centers around the idea that if we eat like our ancestors did 10,000 years ago, we’ll be healthier, lose weight and curb disease. People like to believe if the cavemen did not eat a specific food then you should not either. I simply do not understand this thought process. Back when foods were hunted and gathered people were not seeking these foods for health, they were eating to literally survive. I am wondering why now, thousands of years later, people would want to limit themselves to only meat, fish, poultry, shellfish, eggs, veggies, roots, fruits, and berries and omit healthy foods like grains, legumes and dairy? Who said the Caveman people were even healthy and lived a long life? Some people believe since years ago the consumption of sugar, salt and processed foods was slim to none that those foods are to blame for the chronic diseases in America now, such as diabetes and obesity. I can agree they are slightly to blame but only due to people consuming these high fat foods in excess amounts and not practicing mindful eating. You CAN live a healthy, balanced diet without following a fad diet.
One thing I do like about the Paleo diet is it encourages the consumption of fruits and vegetables while cutting down on salt and added sugars. However limiting legumes, dairy and whole grains can set individuals up for deficiencies. Our bodies need the vitamins and minerals found in those foods such as Vitamin D and calcium.
I would like to encourage you to plan a diet that you know is realistic and you can sustain over a long period of time. Is it really possible in today’s society to eat like a caveman? Try to plan a diet rich in foods with variety and color – not one that restricts certain food groups.
I will leave you with this line I read the other day in an article: “Everyone would agree that ancestral diets didn’t include Twinkies, but I’m sure our ancestors would have eaten them if they grew on trees.”
Have a wonderful day!