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Paleo: What Is It Exactly And How Does It Benefit You?

Updated on September 9, 2015

There are a lot of new fads and diets. Paleo, however, is not one of them. It is a surefire way to help you stay lean, energetic and strong! The reason is because it is a nutritional approach that works in tune with your genetics. A lot of research has cultivated the disciplines that goes into what we know as Paleo. The same research has also indicated that our present diet in today's society with its trans fats, refined foods and sugar, is at the root of all generative diseases; such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and more.

Paleo didn't just pop up on the radar. It has been around for a very long time. Paleo is based on the way humans originally ate. Paleo is actually short for Paleolithic Era, from which the diet is based. That specific era ended about 10,000 years ago and lasted about 2.5 million years. A lot of people choose to not cook on the Paleo diet but you can. It is just up to your preference.

Lean proteins are important building blocks of strong muscles, bones and supreme immune function. Protein is also what makes you feel satisfied between meals.

Fruits and vegetables have been known to decrease your odds of developing a degenerative disease due to their antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients, and vitamins.

Grass-fed meat, seafood, healthy fats, nuts and seeds are another crucial part of the Paleo diet. It is important for the meat to be from grass-fed animals because the meat is more nutrient dense. Animals were not meant to eat pellets. They were meant to graze naturally on the pasture. They eat healthy plants that are full of nutrients they get from the sun and environment.

As far as saturated fats go, they have been labeled as evil by the media and health authorities. They are anything but. Our ancestors use to incorporate fat in their diet. Saturated fat in moderation is an important part of our diet.

There are numerous benefits from eating the Paleo diet. It is a way of eating that will deliver the best results. Here are a list of a few benefits the Paleo diet offers:

  • Clear Skin
  • Better Teeth
  • Burn off stored fat
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Balanced energy throughout your day
  • More efficient workouts
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Reduce your allergies
  • Provide relief from obesity, auto-immune disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and IBS
  • Give you an all around sense of well-being
  • You will feel better physically, mentally and emotionally

Potatoes are not allowed on the Paleo diet. However, sweet potatoes are in a different group. Therefore they are encouraged.

Below is a more elaborate list of what isn't allowed on the Paleo diet. Remember to always try out a diet or a different way of eating for a duration to see how differently you feel. That gives your body a chance to adjust, as well as time to purge everything you had in your system from before. What we put into our body plays a key role in how we feel in general.

Foods to avoid on the Paleo diet.
Foods to avoid on the Paleo diet.

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