The PROVEN Benefits of Eating Like a Caveman (and how to do it)
By Brandi Monasco
You have likely run into many people talking about the different types of diets or cleanses they have tried. One you might have heard about more recently is the “Paleo Diet.”
The Paleo diet is also called the paleolithic diet, caveman diet, or stone-age diet. While it is considered to be a “fad diet,” studies have shown that the Paleo diet is effective for weight loss as well as health problems that are associated with obesity such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
The Paleo diet is the healthiest possible way that you can eat. This is because it works with only the nutritional approach.
Modern day foods are filled with refined sugars, trans fats and unhealthy oils that contribute to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and more. With the Paleo diet, you don’t have to worry about additives being found in your food.
When you are on the Paleo diet, you eat real food:
- Fruits and berries
- Vegetables and roots
- Lean meats
You should do your best to AVOID any type of processed food, including:
- Dairy products
- Fatty meats
- Processed oils
- Fruit juices
Fruits And Berries. Eat fruits that are low in sugar and high in antioxidants such as berries, apples, bananas, oranges, pears, avocados, strawberries and blueberries.
Vegetables. Be sure to eat generous amounts of vegetables. This includes roots such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and turnips. You can also eat other vegetables such as broccoli, kale, peppers, onions, carrots and tomatoes. Vegetables can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Nuts. Nuts contain omega-3s, vitamins and minerals and have health benefits of their own. If you choose to go on a Paleo diet, try to eat nuts such as almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Lean Meats. You will want to stay away from hot dogs and other processed meats, but you will want to eat lean meats such as game (deer, bison, rabbit), pork, chicken and seafood (salmon, trout, tuna, crab, shrimp). When you are choosing pork and chicken, make sure you are choosing grass-fed.
You will also want to make sure that you are getting the right kind and the right amount of oils and fats. Oils and fats are your body’s preferred source of creating energy. The best types of oils and fats to eat are olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil and avocado oil.
Choosing to do the Paleo diet has many health benefits, such as:
- Better Gut Health. Sugar and processed foods cause inflammation. Inflammation in your gut can cause all kinds of other health ailments, because the food that enters your body is transferred to your cells. Simply cutting out sugar and processed foods can lead to better gut health.
- Improved Cholesterol Levels. A study concluded that eating the Paleo diet improved HDL levels better than a traditional heart-healthy diet full of whole grains.
“A Paleo diet was much better than a diet full of ‘heart-healthy whole grains’ for improving cholesterol profiles in men and women (lower LDL and triglycerides; higher HDL).”
- Less Fat, More Muscle. Eating a diet that relies on animal flesh comes a healthy level of protein. The protein that you get from consuming animal flesh is used for building new cells such as cells for muscle mass. By increasing the number of muscle cells, your body will have more energy to move and to work off those fat cells.
There is really no one right way to eat the Paleo diet, but it is best to consume fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed lean meats and to make sure that you stay away from processed foods and anything with refined sugars.
Introducing your body to the Paleo diet is as simple as making a few changes such as having eggs for breakfast instead of oatmeal or replacing your snack with apples instead of yogurt. Give it a try for a week or so, just making small changes at a time and see what happens!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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