We shouldn’t eat what our Stone Age ancestors didn’t eat. That’s what the advocates of paleo diet recommend. Paleo Diet is a primal human diet consists of food that you could find as a hunter-gatherer diet. The diet plan is sometime called paleolithic diet, Mediterranean diet, caveman diet and the stone-age diet. It is like eating our distant ancestors.
That was 13,000 years ago. In that short time we have not been able to adapt evolutionarily to the new food we were going to eat: bread, dairy, legumes. Because the hunter-gatherers became farmers. We got ailments we didn’t have before. For optimal health, we must therefore return to the Stone Age. Nonsense or truth?
The paleo diet has similarities with some other diets, such as a low-carb diet. Yet it is slightly different. And in our opinion also healthier than a pure low-carbohydrate diet. Where a low-carb diet is aimed at losing weight quickly, this is a longer-term diet that will improve your overall health. You will also lose weight, but that is just one of the benefits.
Paleo diet: Varied Menu
For millions of years, people ran after animals in groups. He hunted, baited, fished and collected eggs, tubers, carrots, berries, lottery tickets, nuts and fruits. During food shortages, he sought out new areas. He moved quite a lot, his food was relatively low in sugar. This all changed when people started farming, especially since the rise of the food industry in the 20th century. Primitive man will probably not have recognized what is in the supermarket about parcels as food.
Anyone following the paleo diet will only eat fresh and unprocessed food, not processed food. Because of the many proteins and fats you stay satiated for a long time. By eating leaves, berries and nuts you get a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Paleo is also a lifestyle: lots of exercise in the open air, sniffing in the great outdoors, no jogging, but short sprints (on the run from a cougar). It all doesn’t sound too bad. But there is also criticism.
What is on the menu for the paleo diet?
What should you eat when switching to the Autoimmune paleo diet?
Vegetables: Asparagus, avocado, artichoke, carrots, cabbage, spinach, celery, onions. Pumpkin, beetroot and sweet potato for athletes or those who do not want to lose weight; zucchini, peppers and eggplant if you tolerate nightshades.
Paleo fruit: not a whole bowl of strawberries because you didn’t have nurseries. So all fruit in moderation.
Proteins: all organic and unprocessed meat, fish and eggs.
Six benefits of Autoimmune Paleo Diet
- You never have to read labels again, because everything you buy is natural.
- You no longer get sugar spikes and are therefore more evenly tuned and with a more even energy level.
- You get loads of healthy vitamins through the large amount of raw in your food.
- You are much more cheerful because of the exhilarating fresh air and sunshine and you get to know a lot of wild berries, herbs and vegetables.
- Paleos do not jog but run short sprints, because of the theory that people used to run fast, for example for a cougar. You learn to run fast sprints, so often that you hardly get out of breath anymore
- Paleos sleep deeply and well because of their natural sugar and cortisol levels. They are very active in the morning and want to go to bed by nightfall.