Why Eat Paleo?
The concept of the Paleo diet stems from the way man ate in the Paleolithic era. It was basically anything they could hunt and gather. The standard American diet that includes processed foods, refined sugars, dairy and grains is void of most of the nutrients our bodies need. The diet actually makes us gain weight, while at the same time starving our bodies of the vitamins and minerals it needs to survive. This results in organ stress, weight gain, loss of sleep, mental fatigue and a whole host of diseases and illness to follow. The Paleo diet is packed full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that are needed for the body to function at its best. The body is fueled with exactly what it needs in order to protect itself, grow and heal.
There are many health benefits to eating as the Paleolithic man ate. One of the benefits is a decrease in inflammatory stress on the body. When inflammatory foods such as dairy, grains and processed sugars are consumed, they cause the body to accumulate extra fluid, fat and dampen the immune system. This then causes the organs to have to work harder and puts stress and extra weight on joints. The body can no longer work at its optimal capacity and disease and illness set in. When inflammation is present at a chronic level, the body actually begins to attack itself, resulting in autoimmune illnesses. Changing one's diet by removing the inflammatory foods will dramatically reduce extra fluid in the body and decrease the stress on the organs and joints. Another benefit to eating Paleo is blood sugar level maintenance. When grains, processed sugars and starchy foods are eliminated from the diet and replaced with lean meats, nuts and non-starchy veggies, there will be less blood sugar highs and lows. This will help the pancreas to perform better, as well as other organs like the liver, kidneys and brain. The body has an easier time healing itself and the cardiovascular system as a whole runs more efficiently with normal blood sugar levels.
FOOD SHOULD BE HEALTHY & EASY
FOOD SHOULD BE NATURALLY DELICIOUS
When a Paleo lifestyle is adopted, there is an increased immune system. Since the body isn’t under constant inflammatory attack, it conserves its energy for normal functions and processes. The cells in the immune system are used to fight off other foreign properties instead of fighting themselves. A person with an autoimmune illness can see improvements in their health with the Paleo diet by reducing the excess inflammation in the body.