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For Auto Immune Diseases Consider the Paleo Diet
What Does Paleo Mean?
Paleo stands for paleolithic era. This was a time over a million years ago. During this time people were considered hunters and gathers. What does that mean. It basically means you eat what you get from hunting and gathering...
What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet or the hunter-gather diet pretty much means just that. You eat all natural foods from the earth. Meat you get from hunting and fishing. Fruits and vegetables you get from picking and foraging.
Really this is how we were meant to eat. Unlike taking the heat and eat lasagna out of the freezer and into the microwave, we may cook, grill or boil something, or eat it raw. We did have fire, therefore we could cook over a flame, or maybe we ate carrots and berries we cleaned off.
What Makes the Paleo Diet Especially Beneficial for Auto Immune Conditions
One of the great things about this diet is that we are getting all the nutrients you may find in raw vegetables. Some of these components we really may not even fully understand or even know of. But we do know a lot of vitamins and minerals, you don't necessarily find in a 12" meatball sub.
Also, since the paleo diet doesn't consist of products like pasta with gluten or other man made products like soda with things like high fructose corn syrup many health problems from food intolerance or allergies can be avoided. More recently, it has been discovered than more of us than we think may have one of these issues.
What are Some Meals that Would Go Along with this Diet?
Really any natural meat should be fine. Nowadays because they feed much of our meet with grain (often has a form of gluten) or they also feed and administer drugs, these meats are not ideal. When possible try to always consume natural, organic, grass-fed, cage and river/oceanic free meats, poultry, and fish.
What Snacks Would be Great for this Type of Diet?
Great Question? Basically you need to snack more on naturally things. That may mean nore raw veggies. I like to cut some and dip into a homemade hummus. Seeds and nuts may be a good snack for you. Make sure you aren't allergic to peanuts and these items are packaged in a gluten free facility.
Coconut milk or almond milk usually works.
Nowadays there are also readily available items such as gluten free oats.
Most "gluten-free" labeled items are complex carbohydrates that you don't want to eat on this diet.
Remember though that if you couldn't readily get the item if you lived back in the paleolithic era, you don't want it.
Oats do not naturally contain gluten and technically you can get the milk from a coconut or almond.
What Foods Should I avoid?
You mainly want to avoid any "unnatural" man made item. Again, think if you live in the paleolithic era. what could you hunt or gather? if you can't, then you want to avoid it...
- soft drinks and juice