ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Paleo Diets: Why You Should Try Them

Updated on January 19, 2020
Benson Langat profile image

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? <> Accessed

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

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


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? Medically reviewed by Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE; Accessed
[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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)