This Paleo Thing – a very brief introduction.

Unless you came across this blog because you were looking for Paleo related stuff, you will no doubt be wondering what this Paleo thing is.

In a nutshell (pun intended!) Paleo is an approach to diet based on the logic that if our Paleolithic ancestors ate it, then we should, too. This is why the Paleo diet is sometimes called the Stone Age, Caveman, or Hunter-Gatherer diet. A Paleo type diet is, in essence, one that we as a species evolved to eat.

That means – lean meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

That DOES NOT mean pulses, grains, legumes, and dairy produce. That’s right, bread and milk. Forget them spuds, too. These food-stuffs came into the human diet once we had fathomed out agriculture and the business of domesticating certain breeds of animals, and put simply, that is in evolutionary terms too soon for us as a species to have adapted to process them.

In fact, many studies seem to suggest that these foods are mostly responsible for a whole raft of modern ailments, and that our Paleolithic forebears were in fact a whole lot healthier in many ways than we are today.

Research is still on-going as they say, and as with all lifestyle regimes the best thing to do is research, try, evaluate. Suck it and see.

All I will say is that Paleo works for me, as well as many, many others. A good idea you will often see recommended is that you try the Paleo diet for 30 days, and see how you get on.

We’ll keep a nice spot by the fire at the back of the cave open for you….


 

Further Reading

The Wikipedia entry on the  Paleo Diet is probably as good a place to start as any.

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