When I first started my Paleo journey, I was actually worried that this was just another fad diet, like the Atkins or the cabbage soup diet. But once I was introduced to Paleo, and the obvious benefits, it soon dawned on me that this was a whole new way of eating that was both healthy, and importantly for me, sustainable. I really didn’t know what to think about it at first, as past experience had taught me that a diet meant I couldn’t eat what I enjoyed, that I had to keep clear of anything fattening, hence the reason I usually gave up on it. In contrast, paleo isn’t so much a stand alone diet, more a way of life.
Like many people, I thought all carbohydrates and fats were bad for you and the only way to stay healthy was to avoid both. But once I started learning about food groups that were good and healthy, I loved them and actually now find most of them rather delicious. Today, I never feel hungry, and better than that I don’t miss processed foods I use to constantly crave either. I use the word crave very loosely, as I have come to realize that ready meals filled the convenience gap and they weren’t cravings at all.
What Is The Paleo Food Pyramid?
So when I started the paleo diet I was told I needed to exercise and this was something I wasn’t particularly happy about at first, the thoughts of going to a gym 5 days a week, almost put me off starting. But at the time is I was determined to lose weight so I jumped that psychological hurdle. It’s funny, because sometimes in life a small step in the right direction can ultimately end up being one of the biggest in the end. (I’m thinking about Neil Armstrong now, aren\’t you?)
So what is the Paleo Diet exactly?
The Paleo diet is a whole food diet, food that doesn’t come in fancy packaging or tins but really wholesome food that has to be prepared from scratch.
There is a wide variety of whole foods, including meats, fish, dairy, vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, seeds, and certain grains and with a little imagination can be turned into tasty scrumptious meals. It’s a bit of a game-changer once you get used to doing a little bit of extra prep you will never look back.
So What Is The Paleo Diet Exactly?
Now to exercise, well if you think caveman, and ask yourself how he spent his days. Up at sunrise to sharpen his tools then walking for days to explore new territories and gather food. Even just simple exercises like walking can build strong bones joints and connective tissues, a bit of sunshine to give you your Vitamin D intake and a healthy dollop of fresh air works wonders.
Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes: are just a few common health problems resulting from a sedentary lifestyle and modern eating habits. Food loaded with sugar, fat, and processed weeks ago now sitting idle in fridges and freezers. The solution? Cut all processed foods from your diet, that’s ready meals, pre-packed frozen meals, the lot. Source natural wholesome foods, a bit of prep and cook from scratch and “Viola” – you now have recipe for a longer, happier and healthier life.
Paleo It’s An Holistic Diet For Life.
Paleo by virtue is holistic and if you allow it to, it can become all consuming and blend into other key areas of your life. Staying with diet though, paleo emphasizes nutrition and the healing of your digestive system, it provides good, old-fashioned, science-based information; this approach is considered by many experts as being the best, healthiest, and safest way to lead a long and healthy life for centuries.
To summarize, from a personal perspective I’ve never looked back since I started living life the paleo way. From a diet point of view, it’s basically Barry Sears “Zone Diet” which is a proven food regimen designed to ensure your health span matches your lifespan by eating sensibly in moderation which is why it’s the most likely diet you’ll ever stick with. There’s no going back for me, that’s for sure.