Living The Paleo Way 5
As we know the paleo diet is an awesome lifestyle that has thousands of fans all over the world. There are many bestselling books on the subject.
People who have adopted this lifestyle have reported weight loss, reduced allergies, and reduced symptoms for health issues like diabetes, cholesterol, and much more.
In fact, it’s considered one of the healthiest diets to follow. However, no diet is perfect and paleo is no different.
Just like anything else it has its pros and cons. You will have to decide for yourself if the pros outweigh the cons.
Foremost, you will need to understand this diet is more concerned with food choices rather than calories, timing, carb control and detoxing.
Eat certain foods and avoid other foods. All you need to do is follow the food list like we discussed in the last issue.
In theory it’s simple, however, it can be extremely difficult in the beginning because it involves sacrifice and nobody likes that.
You are encouraged to eat grass-fed meats such as beef, poultry, bison, turkey, pork, etc. Fish is good too. Especially wild salmon that is rich in omega-3 fatty oils.
You may consume fruit and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, etc. You may consume nuts such as pecans, almonds, walnuts and cashews. Peanuts aren’t allowed.
Eggs and plant based oils are also encouraged. Coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, etc. are sources of fat. These foods are an integral part of the paleo plan.
The foods that aren’t allowed are grains, such as oats, wheat, barley, and rice. You’re also not allowed to consume starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn. All dairy products aren’t allowed.
Sugar, processed meats such as hot dogs, salami, etc. are a big no-no. Salty food, processed foods, refined foods are all not allowed.
This eliminates a huge chunk of foods that people are normally used to eating which some may consider a con however it is actually one of the biggest pros because most of those foods are unhealthy and some foods such as soya beans and grains are commonly known to cause food allergies and aren’t digested well by many people.
As we have talked about before the paleo diet is rich in protein which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevents insulin spikes. This also prevents weight gain.
It is also very clean and that means it’s anti-inflammatory.
Most people on so called normal diets often complain of aches and pains for no reason.
This is due to cell inflammation from food that the body doesn’t process properly.
Once you begin following a paleo plan you will notice these problems will naturally fade and may even disappear altogether which in my book is the biggest pro of all!
With all the good reasons to go paleo there are still a few cons to consider.
For instance this diet isn’t suitable for vegetarians. Paleo dieters often have a hard time balancing their meals.
They often include too much protein without consuming adequate carbs or vice versa, so, careful monitoring is important especially in the beginning.
The paleo diet can seem too rigid and strict to many people especially when they focus more on what they can’t have than what they can.
When food choices are restricted, more attention is necessary to keep your diet balanced, which proves to be to be too challenging for some causing them to give up before they start seeing the benefits of the lifestyle.
As with any big lifestyle change it is important to assess your goals and weigh your options.
If you’re willing to make sacrifices for better health, you will definitely have a much easier time switching to paleo.
You can learn more here in my online guide about how to start Paleo Diet
to make sure you get a good start to a healthy diet.
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