I’ve noticed that year after year, there are always fad diets that tend to come and go as quickly as fashion, so it’s always a surprise to me whenever I learn about a supposedly trendy diet that has actually managed to stick around and build up a loyal fan base.
The Paleo diet is definitely having its time in the spotlight, and based on what I have recently learned about it after reading an informative article by Thrive Market, it’s not hard to see why it has been able to stick around and become more than just a trend.
I was surprised to find out that the Paleo diet is actually based on the diet of humans who lived literally thousands and thousands of years ago, and subsisted mainly on a “hunter-gatherer” type of diet. As some nutritionists put it, the Paleo diet is the reintroduction of the “wild” human diet, before the Agricultural Revolution took hold and changed society forever. You may be wondering to yourself what exactly it was that our ancestors ate for food, and the answer is pretty simple: “wild” humans subsisted on wild plants and animals. This means that the food sources they had available to them were completely natural, whole foods; these days, many of us sustain ourselves on a diet that is heavy with processed junk food.
This is where we get to the basic point of the Paleo Diet, where dieters are encouraged to shift away from foods that have been altered or engineered in some way to have various additives, preservatives and other unnatural ingredients, and start moving towards whole food sources. Whole grains, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, tubers, and wild seafood and other animal meat are all the foundation for the diet that allows us to truly get back to our roots. Many of these foods have a few things in common, besides being a whole natural food source of course. You may have caught that many Paleo-friendly foods are high in fat, and the good news with this is that these are all healthy fats that your body needs to perform many important functions. In fact, the healthy fats that are found in foods such as nuts, avocados, salmon, and olive oil can actually help your body burn off unnecessary and excess fat.
If you feel overwhelmed by this diet, yet want to experience its health benefits, it may be good for you to ease into it slowly. Try replacing one processed food item with one whole food for every meal of the day and work your way from there.
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