Well, it wasn’t that long ago when the world’s favourite soft drink contained cocaine, apartments were lined with the wonderful fire safe asbestos and perfectly healthy babies were receiving thyroid radiation treatment to prevent cot death. Simply put: meaning well and not knowing better has resulted in devastating results before, and the modern Westernised diet is unfortunately no different.
The sandwich you had for lunch, the glass of milk you offer your child, and the red meat you skip in favour of a lentil burger might all have unintended adverse long-term health effects.
The good news is that eating real food is an easy (and delicious!) way of optimising your health and taking care of the people close to you.
What the *bleep* is paleo?
‘Paleo’ as a word simply means ‘old’ and refers to the way we as a species were living in our days of hunting and gathering. Living a modern paleo lifestyle doesn’t mean you should move into a cave and hunt down your neighbours cows with a spear. It simply means looking back to what we as a species have evolved to eat, in order to achieve optimal health.
New studies are increasingly linking many of the diseases plaguing the westernised world to the food we eat; e.g. a long list of autoimmune diseases and cancers, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, gout, etc. – the list is endless. More and more evidence is gathering to show that certain of our Western dietary staples – especially when displacing the healthier nutrient rich foods we need – are simply not suitable for us as a species.
Living a paleo lifestyle means (at least to me) actively making choices informed by evolutionary science to achieve optimal health:
- Eat nutrient dense real food, that provides you with all the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive
- Avoid foods that have the capacity of making you sick
- Listen to your body – if you always react to something negatively, you probably shouldn’t be eating/doing it…
- Live an active – not sedentary – lifestyle
- Sleep 8 hours a night – every night
It really is that simple.
Paleo diet can help you:
30 day trial
The best way to know if paleo is for you is to do the Paleo challenge – 30 day trial. Read more about doing a Whole30.
The idea is simple: just try eating paleo for 30 days and see what happens. It’s very likely you will notice a significant difference; feel healthier, leaner and more energetic than you were before.
Besides, what have you got to lose? If you don’t like it, you can have your old life back!