What is the Paleo Diet?
This website has been setup to help
you learn all about the paleo diet and its many health benefits. So, to answer
the question at hand, "what is the paleo diet?" Let's start with its origins.
The Paleolithic diet, also known as the paleo diet or the caveman
diet, became a somewhat popular diet trend in the early 2000’s with the release of Loren
Cordain’s The Paleo
Diet. More recently, however,
the diet was made widely popular by the intense exercise craze called CrossFit. Touted as the premiere diet
to build muscle and burn excess body fat for a flawless physique, the paleo diet has made its way into popular
media and popular culture. Interestingly, it is simply founded on clean, whole foods the human race has
thrived on for the past 2 million years: namely meat and fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and
The foundation of the paleo diet is based off of
research findings that our ancient, Paleolithic ancestors were in exceptionally superior health than people
today, with little disease and stable blood sugars. Ancient bones leave clues about diet and health, and
researchers often attribute the great health of the Paleolithic people to a combination of diet and the intense
lifestyle of the ancient hunter gatherer. Today, the intense lifestyle is often mimicked with intense
exercise regimes and frequent workouts for extraordinary physical condition.
The paleo diet requires that one give up dairy,
grains, preservatives, additives, processed foods, legumes, and vegetable oils, all foods that Paleolithic
people were unable to attain. What is left is a whole, clean diet that is packed full of nutrients and
healthy fats that will help your body run as efficiently as possible. Unlike the standard American diet
that is loaded with simple carbohydrates, saturated fats, chemicals and preservatives, and sugar, the paleo diet
is loaded with whole foods that are derived from the ground, rather than a factory. These foods are the
key to the long-lasting energy and vitality needed to function on a daily basis.
If you want a clearer idea of what foods you
need to eat, then I recommend you take a look at this great
all-around guide and recipe book.
The Paleo Recipe Book
It's a fantastic resource that contains more information on the lifestyle as well as over 370
recipes and an 8-week meal plan for beginners.
According to one of the leading Paleolithic diet
experts, Loren Cordain, the diet is comprised of 19 to 35 percent lean proteins, 22 to 40 percent carbohydrates,
and 28-47 percent fats, while the standard American diet today is comprised of 15 percent protein, 49 percent
carbohydrates, and 34 percent fats. Looking at the numbers, the paleo diet is more evenly distributed
amongst protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat than standard diets, which allows for a better distribution of
nutrients while preventing blood sugar from quickly rising.
The fats allowed in a Paleolithic diet are
beneficial, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are often full of omega-3 fatty acids, rather than the
saturated, trans-fats that currently overload the standard American diet. Main sources of fat in the paleo diet
include nuts, olive and coconut oils, and lean meat. It is highly
unlikely, according to Drs. S. Boyd Eaton and Stanley B. Eaton III, that ancient Paleolithic people would eat
anywhere near the amount of saturated fats that the average American eats. The negative health effects
associated with saturated fat, such as heart attack and stroke, would have been nearly
And, unlike a low-carbohydrate fad diet or the
standard American diet, the paleo diet allows as many carbohydrates as one would like, as long as they are
derived from fruits and vegetables, rather than grains. By eating this type of carbohydrate, the body gets
plenty of dietary fiber, something that grains cannot offer. These complex carbohydrates help regulate the
body’s blood sugar, leaving you feeling high energy levels throughout the day. Simple carbohydrates can
make your blood sugar spike and then plummet, a major cause of after-meal fatigue. Furthermore,
carbohydrates derived from fruits and vegetables have cancer-fighting properties, whereas grains have little to
no cancer-fighting properties, according to Eaton.
Ultimately, the current trend of eating paleo is
derived from the belief that since the agricultural era, food has changed significantly for the worse, and that
the diet eaten by our Paleolithic ancestors was the main factor in physical health and the expansion of our
brains. And, with ample scientific evidence proving the health benefits of the diet, paleo eaters can feel
confident in the healthfulness of their choice.
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Are you looking for an excellent Paleo diet
If your answer to the above question is yes, then I strongly
recommend that you check out Sébastien Noël’s The Paleo Recipe
This essential guide contains over 370 healthy recipes, an 8-week meal plan for
beginners, and much more.
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