Paleo or Not? Is the question I am asked regularly by my clients. I share with you the Ultimate Guide: Not just about the Paleo diet but as a guide to help you to achieve a – Healthy, Simple and Easy Daily Eating Regime. As you will see there are some Good things about the Paleo Diet and there are some that you should still Avoid!
Diet – Not necessarily a Positive word?
I don’t necessarily agree with diets as such, I believe in Balance, What Foods are Nutritionally Beneficial with Health Benefits to your Body. What Foods are Nutritionally Deficient with Harmful effects to your Health. Amongst this is also honouring people’s traditions that come with Celebrations involving Food and Eating.
I definitely don’t believe that one size fits all. Over my 26 plus years of practicing as a Naturopathic Practitioner many of my clients become quite distressed and confused about what foods to eat.
People often have individual cultural preferences, this needs to be taken into place when working with people regarding their dietary needs.
Where does Paleo Fit!
In the past few decades, our diets have changed dramatically. Processed foods are more common than fruits and vegetables, and it’s impossible to go more than a few miles down the road without spotting a dozen new fast food chains that have cropped up. Enter the Paleo diet plan, a diet that seeks to ditch the modern convenience foods in favor of the foods eaten by our ancestors. This is definitely a bonus when it comes to your health and preventing disease.
The Paleo diet has been associated with many health benefits from better blood sugar levels to reduced inflammation. Considered one of the best diet plans for weight loss because it’s high in protein and fat and emphasizes nutrient-rich foods, it may also increase a feeling of fullness and help correct nutrient deficiencies. Still, the diet has remained the subject of much controversy in recent years and there are some key factors to consider.
What is the Paleo Diet?
A simple definition of the Paleo diet is – Eating foods that were available to our hunter and gatherer ancestors thousands of years ago, during the Palaeolithic Age. During these times foods such as processed foods, refined grains and cereals weren’t even considered as part of the daily eating regime. Instead the daily eating plan consisted of fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds.
In relation to your health and the best support for your body to function efficiently is that these are the foods that you body was designed to eat while many of the heavily processed modern foods that have taken precedence in the daily diet today, is the major contributor to chronic disease and health problems. Looking at the Key Principles to Consider with the Paleo diet, with only a few to reject. Could be of great benefit and improvement in many areas of your health. For example: decrease in obesity, reduction of inflammation, prevention of diseases such as Cancer, Heart, Kidney and liver disease.
As it is essentially a grain-free diet, it tends to be lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats that aren’t always included in other dietary plans. However, there are some things to consider as you will read below.
Key Principles to Consider & Some to Reject!
I like some of the Paleo principles regarding going back to basics , like eliminating processed foods, packaged, baked and fast foods, to replenish your daily eating with eating fresh foods directly from the land.
This has always been my first step when working with my clients in guiding them to healthy eating whether it be for weight loss or overcoming ill-health/disease. I have had my clients then going from eating packaged foods to going to the markets to buy fresh produce, that is a huge step for many. Nutrition and Diet have always been the key foundations I have used with supporting my clients return to health and wellness.
Detecting whether a Food Agrees or Disagrees with You
It is important to take notice of how you and your tummy feels after eating specific foods. I do encourage my clients to have lean cuts of meat not including the animal fat and dairy. After discussing this with many heart surgeons this is a major problem along with trans fats as to cause heart disease and blocked arteries.
Understand the Pros & Cons of the Food you Eat
I have found that by understanding the pros and cons of foods is the best way to make a conscious decision as to what will work best. Making healthy changes as a way of life.
Healthy Brain Support: Fish oil, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds and green vegetables will protect the brain without bringing harm elsewhere.
I believe with diet there are some very basic rules but it all boils down to Fresh food is best: 70% of our daily intake being Vegetables, 5 – 10% fruit, 10 – 15% Animal protein limiting red meat to 2 – 3 times per week alternate days, Fish ( if people don’t like fish then maybe just a couple of vegetarian meals with beans), and a couple of meals of chicken.
I have found that for most of my clients this works really well without too many dramas and they basically design their own eating regime.