Starting Your Paleo Lifestyle
Paleo or the caveman diet has become popular in recent years. Spun on by a desire to find foods that are natural and healthy, the diet has become almost mainstream. I saw “almost” mainstream because many websites still consider it to be a weird diet that will die out like the other crazy diets. The basics of the diet revolve around eating what our paleolithic ancestors would have eaten. This generally involves meat, vegetables, some fruits and nuts.
More and more food manufacturers are catering to this diet now that it has gained quite a following. Therefore, you will find ready-made foods such as paleo cereals, paleo jerky, and paleo cookies. These often contain honey as honey is permitted on the diet. However, most honey is processed, and strict paleo dieters restrict themselves to raw honey only. Most of the paleo products cannot economically make the foods with raw honey and so make do with regular honey. Some commentators argue that eating processed honey is as bad as eating sugar.
In some ways, the paleo diet is a form of the low carb diet. However, whereas most low carb diets will not allow honey and dried fruits, the paleo diet seems to thrive on these enjoyments. Popular writers of these diets explain that these foods should be consumed in small portions. However, many dieters forget this important warning and consume it in larger quantities than would be good for them. However, this does make the diet a lot easier to stick to and enables a lot more people to take the leap and start the diet.
The paleo diet has evolved to become more of a lifestyle these days. There is a whole culture to the diet. People are supposed to be less stressed. This is to mimic the life of cavemen who, apart from hunting animals, didn’t really suffer from the stresses that plague us daily. They didn’t have to deal with overcrowded subways or work befalling you at all hours of the day. The diet also encourages exercise. However, instead of aerobic exercises, they suggest more lifting and sprinting. This also copies what cavemen might have down. The lifting is to mimic the lifting of boulders. Sprinting simulates either running away from predators or running towards prey. These types of exercises are supposedly what our bodies are more built for. Continuous running or jogging is not considered good for our bodies. They can cause inflammation in many people and can increase the chances of long term problems. Lifting and sprinting, on the other hand, do not suffer from these drawbacks. They are also easily performed by everyone even if they don’t have access to a gym. This makes the cheap as well as quick. You can finish doing the paleo exercises within 20 minutes and usually only have to do it twice or three times a week. These exercises are often called crossfit training.
No one knows exactly what paleo foods entail, but the diet is basically built on the premise that humans should stay away from foods that have only come into our diet in recent years. These foods include various grain products, which contain toxins harmful to our bodies. As paleo grows, perhaps more research will be done to more accurately determine exactly what foods paleolithic humans ate.