Day-leo with Pa-leo … Eating back in time
According to both Harvard.Edu and the Mayo Clinic, we may be eating all wrong! Why the thought? Because the human being hasn’t adjusted to all of the new foods that we eat and, rather, we should be eating like humans did many many many years ago — hence a new (old) way to eat called the Paleo Diet.
“A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.” Now, I like a bag of chips just like the next guy, but, it does make sense that we just might not be programmed for that type of eating — that our bodies consume what we feed it but it doesn’t handle it well. In fact, researchers tell us that our slow body demise might have started when farming began.
“Farming changed what people ate and established dairy, grains and legumes as additional staples in the human diet. This relatively late and rapid change in diet, according to the hypothesis, outpaced the body’s ability to adapt. This mismatch is believed to be a contributing factor to the prevalence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease today.”
So, what should we be eating if we’re to follow a Paleo Diet (according to our references)?
- Allowed: Fresh lean meats, fish, shellfish, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, coconut oil, and small amounts of honey. Certain root vegetables like sweet potatoes and cassava may be allowed in moderation because of their high nutrient content.
- Not Allowed: Whole grains, cereals, refined grains and sugars, dairy products, white potatoes, legumes (peanuts, beans, lentils), alcohol, coffee, salt, refined vegetable oils such as canola, and most processed foods in general.
- Calorie counting and portion sizes are not emphasized.
Now, with that said, further research reveals that, perhaps, the Paleo Diet is something that should be short-term and not for the long haul. Let’s face it, the average life span of a human being continues to live longer and, perhaps a wide-range of consumables like dairy products, beans, coffee, etc are good things that provide additional nutrients, vitamins, etc.
Let’s see what a month+ on a Paleo Diet does for me … and you! I know the Daniel’s Fast was very tough to follow … and my body did not like high fiber intake — I actually still am having a tough time stomaching the thought of eating navy beans. Let’s see what this journey back into time does for the journey going forward! Are you with me?!?