Paleo: Is it worth it to hunt and gather your food?
Meats and Leafy Greens Only!
With the arrival of the New Year, revolutioners are looking for tricks to losing weight. One of the latest fad diets that many turn to is the Paleo. The principle basis of this diet is one must only eat foods that can be hunted or gathered naturally, the foods that were available to those living in the Paleolithic era. This basically leaves wild plants and animals for consumption. If the food was not available to those living over 10,000 years ago, it shouldn’t be eaten today. The reasoning is that human bodies adapted to this diet and now cannot handle or break down anything more. This cuts out grains, legumes, dairy products and anything else that has been processed. This seems like a great, natural diet, a way to rid the body of toxins from all the overly processed, chemically engineered foods of today, and it is!
There are many who question the logic of the Paleo diet though, rebutting the claims the proponents boast. Those against the diet argue the length of the Paleolithic period, stating that in that time frame the nutritional landscape would have changed drastically, causing the diets of those living to fluctuate to provide sustenance, for them not to have adapted to a specific food source. Then there is the fact that life expectancy was greatly lower during this time period, and it is believed that diet composition played a heavy factor in this. Considering these points, why go caveman at all?
Do you Paleo?
So, is Paleo worth it? The answer, like with so many issues today, lies somewhere in the middle. Moderation is needed in every aspect, in order to live a healthy, well-balanced life. Instead of jumping on the Paleo diet bandwagon, take the root idea of natural eating and fuse it with today’s modern advances. Everything that the Paleo diet suggests to eat is very healthy, but that does not mean it is the only source of healthy foods, nor is it enough to sustain someone. Use olive oils, whole wheat, and milk, and do so knowing it is healthy for you.
Don't Diet, Live Healthy!
Make sure to research every aspect of a diet, and use multiple sources. Take key components from different fads, and use them to find something that works. There will never be one diet that is right for everyone, but by taking the main message of individual diets and working them into everyday living, everyone may find a healthier lifestyle. So go out there and hunt and gather food, but know that the aisles at the local market are just as acceptable hunting grounds as the wilderness.