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Paleo Diet

So you've heard a lot of buzz about what might seem like the newest "fad" diet. But you still wonder, what exactly is the Paleo Diet? Well, it's really just the healthiest way you, as a human being, can eat. This is not a "diet" like the traditional kind of diets you hear about. This is an approach to eating that works most effectively with your genetics which allows for increased energy, a lean body, and a more efficient you. It's not a diet, it's more a better way of life proven time and time again by science and, more importantly, our biology. It's a lifestyle.

"That's nice, but what exactly can I eat if I want to try the Paleo Diet" you say? Well, the problem for some people is that the answer to that question is very simple, but difficult to put into practice. If you want to try "being Paleo," just ask yourself a few simple questions about the food you're about to eat:

Is this a fruit?

Is this a vegetable?

Is this a lean meat?

Is this a nut or a seed?

Is this from the sea?

Is it a healthy fat (from nuts, seeds, olive oil, fish oil, grass-fed meat, avocados)?

Then it's Paleo. 

Simple right? The health benefits that come out of the foods that fall into this "acceptable" group are enormous and vitally important to the human body. Lean proteins support healthy bones, muscle strength and optimally running immune system so you're sick less and working out more. We advocate seeking out grass-fed meats as they are a more nutrient rich option (and less pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, and unhealthy fats like the processed options).

Fruits and vegetables get a little gold star from us because of their immense importance to our health. Besides being super rich in essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, they have been proven to actually decrease your chances of developing many degenerative diseases including diabetes, neurological decline, and even cancer. There's a reason you're mom made you eat your veggies as a kid, and now you know why! 

A decreased risk of diabetes, cancer, cognitive decline, heart disease, and obesity are just a few of the scientifically proven benefits of a diet rich in Omega-3 and Monounsaturated fats. If you listen to our mainstream media and other health "authorities," then you have probably been taught that saturated fat is misguided. We have been told, as a general rule, to keep our saturated fat intake below 10% of our total daily energy consumption. Science has shown and proven to us that a saturated fat intake of between 10-15% is optimal for the human body. The amount and types of fats found in our modern animals, most of which are grain fed, vary drastically from wild or grass fed animals. Grass fed meat is incredibly lean in comparison to grain fed meat, which accounts for its low levels of saturated fats while simultaneously delivering vast amounts of Omega-3 fats. 

The problem for most people is that they can't seem to get rid of their favorite processed treats, their dairy, or their alcohol. Which brings us to our next point…what CAN'T I eat in the Paleo diet? 

Is it dairy?

Is it a grain?

Is it a legume?

Is it a starch?

Is it a processed food or contain sugars?

Is it alcohol?

Then it's NOT Paleo.

Fructose, which can be found in one form or another in the ingredients list of many of your favorite packaged goods, has been proven to essentially be a slow acting poison in the human body and yet it's found everywhere. Breads, cookies, chips, cereals, pastas, and soda are some of the major culprits. Alcohol, while it does not contain fructose, contains ethanol which is processed the same way by the liver, hence alcoholics suffering from liver poisoning. There is plenty wrong with our current food industry, but fructose is one of the biggest secrets kept from the general public. Fortunately, there's an easy way to avoid the adverse effects of it….don't eat/drink it.

Ask yourself, if someone told you that they could greatly reduce your risk of dying from diabetes, cardio vascular and autoimmune diseases while allowing for a more efficient metabolism, better workouts, balanced and increased energy, clearer skin and whiter teeth, increased libido, and improved sleep….would you listen to them?

By adpoting the Paleo diet, you may allow yourself to live a longer, healtheir, more active life. If not for yourself, consider the health and wellbeing of your children. It's never too early to learn the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, and it's the greatest gift you could possibly pass on to your loved ones.