Often we hear the word “diet” used when people try to eat just a little bit better. Diet is a word that gets thrown around to often. Websters dictionary defines the word diet as: 1. the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. 2. a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. So as you can see it doesn’t start off by automatically stating a type of restriction. Diets get a bad rap due to all of the “fad diets” that all the “cool” celebrities are doing, but lets face it fad diets aren’t healthy in the long run. Yes you will loose a bunch of weight in a short period of time but what are you doing to your body, and do you often find the weight creeping back after you no longer restrict yourself?
So lets take a moment to discuss what a life style change is. Permanent weight loss is not something that a “quick-fix” diet can achieve. Instead, think about weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change. You are making a commitment to your health for life. For life a change you make to help yourself be the best you can be. Often when I talk about being the on the Paleo Diet I often say Paleo Life Style Change. I want people to understand this is a diet that will only last until I have met my weight goal then suddenly I will switch back to all of the un-healthy options. I am in this for the long hall. The problem is when people hear diet they immediately hear in their head all of the negatives and restrictions. As stated above a diet is the kinds of food that a person habitually eats. I try not to look at Paleo as what I can have but more how is what I’m eating is beneficial to my long term health. I have struggled with low self esteem and my weight my entire life, there come a time when you reach your breaking point and want a change. I have spoken about this before but I want people to understand why I chose to eat Paleo. I put my proverbial foot down and said “ENOUGH”
enough always being tired, enough of always sitting around and eating when I am bored. JUST ENOUGH!
So let’s talk about Paleo and what the benefits are for eating better. I don’t want to come off as pushing this lifestyle on anyone just after doing a lot of research there are so many health benefits in choosing what you put into your body. One of the best books I during my research phase was “It Starts With Food” Check out their website for more information : http://whole9life.com/2013/08/the-whole30-program/
Paleo isn’t only about eating what cavemen ate. Obviously they didn’t have all of the resources that we do.
The paleo diet began a long time ago in a cave far, far away. Well, probably in Africa.
The human body has evolved over millions of years. We’ve only been eating grains and other things since the agricultural revolution, which happened about 10,000 years ago. That might sound like a long time, but it’s really a teeny, tiny amount of time in comparison to how long we’ve actually been roaming this blue marble in space.
As it turns out, we’re optimized to eat different foods than we mostly eat now. The copious amounts of sugar and processed foods that permeate our diets just weren’t around when your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grand cavemen were running around, and throwing spears at saber tooth tigers.
And, while we’ve been eating processed grains since agriculture got started, our bodies never quite turned away from their caveman roots. Not only that, but grains don’t like to be eaten. There’s a whole litany of dangers associated with grains and with eating them. Grains have been shown to damage your gut lining, hurt your immune system, and cause a bunch of other issues. Put simply, when you eat grains, things get messy.
The paleo diet is a return to eating like we used to, eating mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, and nuts.
Dairy is a big no no in the Paleo community unless you say you’re eating Primal. Primal is just a fancy way of saying you’re not 100% Paleo and that’s ok too. I hope this has encouraged you to start your very own lifestyle change.