You must of heard about ‘Paleo‘ by now right? If you haven’t then I can only assume you’ve been hiding under a rock for quite some time! As far as crazes go, Paleo really is a big one. I’m going to give you my thoughts on and experiences with this way of eating – after following it for just over 4 months I feel I’ve got some good insights to share now.
Before we get into the post, the terms Paleo, Primal, Caveman etc all refer to the same thing – eating in a way that is as close as possible to our distance ancestors of over 10,000 years ago; hunter gatherers.
In a Nutshell – What is Paleo?
OK, so apart from being a massive health buzzword as of late ‘Paleo’ means following a nutritional roadmap that says to eat like human beings are actually supposed to, rather than consuming processed rubbish which is what most people do – at least in the US anyway. Cavemen followed a diet (by necessity, not choice) that is supposedly much healthier than the average American’s today. Why? Well, all they really had access to was meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts etc etc. They literally HAD to eat these foods because the technology or know how required to mass produce or process foods didn’t exist – lucky for them I say!
The result is that over thousands of years our bodies adapted and evolved to thrive on these foods. They are the perfect fuel to keep us well energized, healthy and free of most modern ailments. On this last point, Paleo enthusiasts claim that many of the health epidemics we face today such as cancers and lots of other diseases are actually a direct result of poor diets and processed foods.
Other than general health, the big appeal of following a Primal style diet is the rapid weight loss which can be achieved when you stop worrying about calories and focus instead on eating whole, nutritious foods such as the ones mentioned earlier. It seems that WHAT you eat is actually quite a bit more important than how much you eat – the traditional calorie counting model definitely seems flawed. Paleo followers will basically tell you: Here’s a list of foods to eat, go nuts and eat as much as you like, whenever you like until you’re no longer hungry. As long as you’re eating good things then you can still expect the weight to fall off.
If I’m honest the fat shedding benefits of Paleo were what really attracted me in the first place. Although I don’t keep track of my weight, I can tell that over this last 4 month period I’ve slowly gotten into my best ever shape – and I’m attributing this to following the Paleo lifestyle. Not only am I slimmer, but I feel better, happier and more full of energy!
Kat says: Give Paleo a Go!