The paleolithic diet (also known as paleo diet, caveman diet, stone age diet, hunter-gatherer diet, ancestral diet and primal diet), is using modern foods to (as much as possible) emulate the diet of our pre-agricultural ancestors.
It is based on fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats (eating nose to tail), vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts (basically foods that you could literally hunt and gather). The emphasis is on eating lots of greens/a rainbow of fresh foods, and adequate but not enormous amounts of meat depending on your needs. It is not all about eating loads of meat as the media would have you believe!
Grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar and processed oils are avoided. It is based on the ancient diet of wild plants and animals that were consumed during the Paleolithic era, over 10,000 years ago, before the dawn of agriculture.
It is widely believed within the paleo community that humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors, genetics change very slowly and human genes have barely changed since Paleolithic time. Our digestive and metabolic systems were not designed for refined sugars, refined oils, grains and dairy.
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The paleo diet/lifestyle is a great template to use in creating a healthy eating plan. The emphasis is on eating seasonal, local produce. There is no need to be strict paleo, you can find the right balance for yourself. Different variations work for different people.
We can help you find that balance, find what works for you. The message is "just eat real food", the name of the diet doesn't really matter! Fiona has written more about this topic here.
“The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”
There has been a steady decline in human health, which in recent times has been coupled with an alarming rise in obesity, particularly since we started messing with our food and how it is produced. There are many issues with food production now including: feeding grains to cows, feeding soy to chickens, genetic modification, pesticides, growth hormones, preservatives so we can eat packaged foods that are able to sit on a shelf in a supermarket for six months, plastic lining/BPA packaging, etc.
We have literally refined the life out of foods, damaging them along the way to make cheap oils that cause damage to the body and foods high in grains and sugar that lead to inflammation and cardiovascular disease. We have also been brainwashed to believe that fat is bad (read more here) and now most fat containing foods have been replaced with sugar containing foods. It has been a huge experiment with our lives and has not worked; there is now more heart disease, diabetes and obesity than ever before! Our modern diet usually consists of “dead food” that doesn’t resemble “real food” at all but has a high cost on the body and mind. In our Nutritionist's experience, when people move back towards a natural diet of real fresh food, they achieve weight loss and their health improves dramatically.
At Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre, we use many of the same principles as the paleo diet. Ultimately each person has different needs so we work with you to find the diet that works best for you.
We are paleo and LCHF friendly nutritionists!
Where to find more information about the paleo diet and references:
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1.The Paleo Solution - the original human diet by Robb Wolf
2.The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
3.Primal Body Primal Mind, beyond the paleo diet for total health and a longer life by Nora T. Gedgaudas
4. The Paleo Diet by Dr Loren Cordain
5.Going Paleo by Pete Evans with Nora T. Gedgaudas
6.Healthy Every Day by Pete Evans
7.Family Food by Pete Evans
Lindeberg, Staffan (June 2005). "Palaeolithic diet ('stone age' diet)".
Scandinavian Journal of Food & Nutrition 49 (2): 75-7.