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Paleo Diets: Why You Should Try Them

Updated on January 19, 2020
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Benson Langat is a young passionate writer and poet; a freelance writer with 4 years' experience, blogger & author of August Affliction.

What is a Paleo Diet?

You've perhaps come across "paleo diet" quite a lot; in conversations, news and even blogs. Most people, however, just have assumptions and half-facts about this diet. I am, therefore, going to feed you some useful information that may transform your dietary experience forever.

History and Progression

A paleolithic diet, or otherwise known as a paleo diet, in simple definition is a dietary option which involves the eating of foods that we postulate to have been available to the early men during the Paleolithic Period or otherwise known widely as the Stone Age Period.

In a narrower perspective, paleo diets restrict an individual to only foods that were introduced by farming during the Paleolithic Period of evolution and they include but are not limited to the following:

  • Fish
  • Fruits
  • Meat (lean)
  • Seeds
  • Nuts

Photo by Shanice Garcia on Unsplash
Photo by Shanice Garcia on Unsplash

"The Paleo Diet, the world’s healthiest diet, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted." - Dr. Loren Cordain, About The Paleo Diet

Should I Go Paleo? Why You Need to Start a Paleo Diet

Hearing about paleo diets from your friends or coming across paleo diet on social media should not be enough for you to make a decision to start off this diet.

We are all unique and our preferences can be unparalleled, most times.Here is why the best paleo diets are a worthy health investment and why you may want to consider it over other dietary options.

To the Roots

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, with his counterpart Dr. Emmet Densmore who were perhaps the first doctors in the 19th Century to embrace the paleo diet, believed that primitive diet quashes contemporary dietary options and habits; and Harvey Kellogg actually stood by the consumption of starchy and grain-based foods[1].

S. Boyd Eaton and Konnna Melvin in their "Discordance" hypothesis reasoned that the human body is much more receptive to foods that were available during the time of the Stone Age period and registered a genetic mismatch with farmed and processed foods.[2].

[1] Johnson,Adrienne Rose(2016)“Paleo Diets and Utopian Dreams”Skeptic. 21(3): 11-12
[2] Mayo Clinic Staff, Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular? < https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/paleo-diet/art-20111182> Accessed 7.20.19.03.44EAT

Based on the Discordance Hypothesis...

You will realize that farming slowly but entirely indeed transformed our diets from being whole-natural to processed. Because these changes were happening rapidly, our bodies were not able to keep up, leading to a genetic mismatch; one of the believed causes of heart issues, obesity and even diabetes.

Going Paleo?

Changing your diet to paleo will do a lot of good for your health; and I would recommend that you start the best paleo diets as soon as possible.

Among the most sought-after weight loss options, the best paleo diets will expose you to whole-natural foods which bag a lot of benefits for you and your general health.

A few words can say what can be said in 1000, which is that going paleo is going healthy! You should, therefore, most definitely start the best paleo diets ASAP!


"Bread is the staff of death"- Dr. Emmet Densmore

Benefits of a Paleo Diet

What is the need of starting a particular diet if it doesn't have any benefits? I understand your need for results. Here, therefore, are some of the ways you'll benefit from paleo diets recipes:

  • Your chances of eating a whole-natural meal are almost absolute
  • Red meat sources iron
  • Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds have anti-inflammatory components
  • Proteins and fats, when consumed in reasonably moderate amounts, can be quite satisfying and make you feel full in between meals
  • It's ideal for upping glucose tolerance, meaning that your body will be able to clear glucose from your system much faster
  • Limiting your food choices to whole-natural inhibits excessive intake and therefore already can help you lose weight.

While the following table doesn't outline paleo diets recipes, it gives you an idea of what you could try out, with some of the most basic combinations to give you one wholesome paleo meal.


Let's Eat: Details of a Paleo Diet

Eat
Avoid
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Thirsty?
Fruits & fruit oils e.g. palm & coconut oils
Legumes- peas, beans, peanuts, lentils
Eggs- boiled/fried. Eat mostly with vegetables and/or fruits
Chicken salad- eat mostly with olive oil and some nuts
Meat- beef/steak/pork. Eat with vegetables, sometimes with salsa, sweet potatoes, berries, and/sweet potatoes
Tea- green tea is the best
Vegetables- fresh & frozen vegetables
Sugar- refined
Vegetables- fresh, frozen, or fried in coconut oil. Eat mostly with eggs and/or meat
Meat- eat mostly with vegetables and and sometimes with a sandwich in a lettuce leaf
Fish- salmon (baked and eaten with vegetables and avocado; or fried in butter and eaten with vegetables)
Coffee- just how you like it
Meat- lean e.g lamb, beef, pork, & organ meats
Nutritional products- processed
Fruits- once piece should be enough
Vegetables- eat mostly with meat
Chicken wings- eaten with vegetables (you can also add salsa)
 
Fish- albacore tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout
Fats & carbohydrates- refined
Meat- east mostly with vegetables
 
 
 
Poultry- chicken, eggs, turkey
Grains- wheat, barley, oats
 
 
 
 
Roots, seeds & nuts and their oils
Note: all highly-processed foods should be avoided at all cost
 
 
 
 
This table is simply meant to guide you and give you an easier time when you're not sure what you should try out. There are numerous more ideas and combinations that you could try out.
Photo by Louis Hansel
Photo by Louis Hansel

"Go paleo; go healthy!"- Author

Concerns

Oh dear! Our paleo diets recipes, sadly, has a few concerns that have come up over the years.

  • While the best paleo diets will get you through a healthy lifestyle, the diet misses certain important elements like calcium, proteins, fiber, enough vitamins and other great sources of nutrients; which are easily accessible and thus cheaper, unlike a paleo meal which will subject your budget to regular strains.
  • Dr. Youdim's caution on the types of proteins you consume, putting us in awareness of cardiovascular-related issues which could arise from the excessive or prolonged consumption of proteins; the likes of red meat.
  • Dr. Youdim warns that a sudden drop of your carb intake for individuals with diabetes may risk having their blood sugar drop drastically, which, of course, isn't good news.[3]
  • The best paleo diets may not be ideal for individuals at a risk of osteoporosis and should therefore consult a doctor before starting the diet; and so should individuals with chronic kidney and/or heart disease, as Dr. Erin Dolinski advises.[4]


[3] Moira Lawler, What Are the Benefits and Risks of the Paleo Diet? https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/paleo-diet/what-are-risks-benefits-paleo-diet/#risks Medically reviewed by Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE; Accessed 7.20.19.03.44EAT
[4] See [3] above

Photo by Brenda Godinez
Photo by Brenda Godinez

Final Words

With all these said, I'd like to conclude by urging you to try out paleo diets recipes for your health, but as you do, I'd like you to proceed cautiously; don't dive all in and cut down your carb intake almost immediately. Let the change take effect gradually. There's nothing that would warm my heart than to see you enjoy this new and amazing experience. Let's go paleo; let's go healthy!

Be sure to watch out for more updates on your dose of health & fitness ideas & tips!

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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