What is Paleo? The Paleolithic way of eating was developed by Dr. Loren Cordain from CSU. Dr. Cordain and Robb Wolf made the diet popular in the last 18 years. It takes us back to our roots or eating real food. The premise is to eliminate any inflammation causing foods such as: Sugar, Gluten, Dairy, and Soy. By eliminating those four, one eliminates A LOT of processed foods.
In the past 40 years the US has pushed and supported a low-fat, high sugar diet in effort to make us healthier, yet we are more obese and sicker than ever. Diabetes is at an all-time high as well. So removing fat from our diets was not the answer we needed.
We need REAL food from the earth. Our bodies are made to recognize and process the foods from the earth like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat and water. Our digestive system doesn’t recognize chemicals made in a chemistry lab, you know all those things on food labels that only our science friends understand what they are.
When I meet with new members we talk about eating real food and SLOWLY breaking up with those highly processed foods. Shopping the perimeter of the grocery store makes that a lot easier. We talk about filling your plate ¾ full of all sorts of veggies, ¼ of it with hormone free meat, and then a thumb width of healthy fat. If you stick to this your health and waist line will thank you! Our bodies LOVE veggies.
I encourage our members to not get wrapped up in what they can’t have, but to focus on all the things they can. Explore new foods, try burgers wrapped in lettuce instead of buns. I also encourage them to not worry about being super strict Paleo, it is about changing the way you eat for LIFE, not bounce from one diet to another. That isn’t life, that is lifelong torture fest. Who wants to go from South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Keto, to the Air diet? One step at a time folks, you know 1 less pop a day or for each soda two cups of water. Remove dairy and sub Almond milk (sugar free one of course), add a different vegetable each week. It isn’t all or nothing, it is a slow food evolution. Eat to live and not live to eat!
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