Monday, 11 April 2011

What is the Paleo diet?

The term “paleo” refers to Palaeolithic and it is the period of pre-agricultural hunter gatherer societies which existed between 10000 and two million years ago.

Technically speaking, our bodies are not processed to efficiently digest agricultural foods such as processed meat, dairy and grains; though dairy may be included but we’ll discuss that in a later post – thus they are generally expelled from the diet. Lactose intolerant anyone?

For the media, they use “caveman” or “stone age” for ease of simplicity for the public. This focuses on eating the foods which we were designed to eat, the natural bountiful foods – after all the last 10000 years is a mere drop in the ocean when considered against the 2 million years that humans have been walking the planet.

The core basis of the diet is to eat lean cuts of fish and meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits. Normally people exclude legumes such as peas, peanuts and lentils. Of course they have many healthy properties but their phytites and lectins and their high carbohydrate density are generally speaking shunned by some of the Paleo community for this reason.

There are many different variations of the Paleo Diet, which of course will be discussed in later posts and their different effects to cater for your needs such as varying the amounts of fat, protein, carbs and many more ideas; however the main criteria is more or less always the same – lean towards meat and fish, eat a variety of vegetables and fruit and you should be fine. Stay tuned for all the daily tips.

As well as exploring various different forms of the Paleo diet, I am here to bring to you various experts on the subject, so don’t worry with all these contradicting opinions, as now you’ll be able to join up all the points and make a good informed dietary decision for yourself.

Here’s a picture of the Bathurst Island hunter gatherers in 1939. These guys are Australian aborigines and they seem in to be aging well – thus this will serve as something to aspire to in order to achieve our goals.