Top 4 Reasons to Eat a Paleo Diet
Getting back to the basics of the “why” when it comes to eating a Paleo diet is essential. Typically, when someone “goes Paleo,” they are transitioning from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a diet focused on nutrient-dense, whole foods that do not contain gluten, dairy, refined-sugar, and soy. To many, this can seem like a daunting task. Your friends and family may ask you what you’re even able to eat anymore or question your reasoning behind the transition. While it can seem stressful in the beginning, the move to a Paleo way of living provides lots of benefits.
1) More Real, Less Processed
Over the past several decades, the standard diet of Americans has become a mixture boxed cereals, additive-laden snacks, and foods fried in inflammatory, chemically extracted cooking oils. It has become the norm to line the shelves of our pantries with processed goods rather than to stock our refrigerators with fresh produce and protein. The paleo diet instead focuses on whole foods that our bodies were designed to eat.
2) Food Sensitivity Relief
By it's nature the Paleo diet will eliminate many food types that many people have intolerances or sensitivities to, such as gluten, dairy, and soy. When beginning a Paleo diet, many people immediately feel the benefits of removing these troublesome foods. Until these troublesome foods are removed, you may not even be aware of how good you can feel.
3) Reducing Sugar Intake
These days, it seems that just about everything is full of added sugar; even products that don’t taste sweet like sauces and dressings are often packed with the sweet stuff. The added sugars in processed foods are high in calories and yet offer no nutritional value. Increased sugar intake may also contribute to many of today’s growing health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and obesity.
4) IT WORKS
As simple as it sounds the paleo diet works. Planning your food around a few simple rules can help keep you focused on eating nutrient dense and complete foods. Most people find that when they eat whole foods, they become better in tune with what their body needs with no measuring or calorie counting required. Simple works.
Published on: Friday, May 26