Paleo Diet Explained: Why, How and What

The Paleolithic or “Paleo” diet is quite popular with people looking to lose weight, to become healthier and to avoid consuming many of the toxins from processed foods. It’s easy to see why!picture cartoon of paleo diet

Take a look back at your caveman ancestors, you will see a diet rich in veggies, fruits, meat, nuts…all of which are natural thus avoiding processed edibles.

Back in this age, we hunted and gathered our food. You didn’t go to the store and pick up a microwave dinner or even cultivate crops like wheat to make bread.

You and I were forced to live off the land. Not only did we survive, but we thrived!

Here, you are going to see why it is that this diet kept our ancestors strong and healthy. You will also see how you can live your life in this way and what you should and should not  be eating to be stronger, healthier and more mentally aware.

First things first, though!

Here’s a look at why it is that you need to consider the Paleolithic way of eating to begin with!

Why Paleo ?picture of foods can eat on a paleo diet

Look in your fridge or right in front of you. A bottle/can of soda, a bag of snacks(chips), any beverage with processed sugar…there’s just something not right about this. You don’t have to be a health food expert to know that we didn’t evolve to this point eating and drinking this way.

These are habits of modern times. These foods and beverages have been scientifically designed to appeal to our taste buds and make us want more.

Of course we like/crave these foods for other reasons. Not just because we like the taste of all the unhealthy additives, but because we need the energy.

The big business – very profitable – food industry has lead to an increase in these pseudo-healthy, pseudo-foods that have ingredients you can find nowhere even near what a healthy natural diet would consist of. Instead of being at a point of sustaining and nourishing ourselves we have slid backwards and are slowly killing ourselves.

Aside from the unnatural unhealthy ingredients in your food there are a myriad of ingredients that are only there for flavor and simply make us gain weight and contribute to a bunch of health problems including diabetes and cancer (to name a few) .

Consider the repercussions of your food choices (If you haven’t already), Most people haven’t. There are even those of us who have often knowingly made a bad choice. We’ve become addicted to these processed food-like substances and weaning ourselves off can be really hard.

When you think about it you realize you’ve been programmed since you were a child to believe that these foods would nourish you and keep you healthy.

We’ve all bought into the same belief, we are all in the same test beaker. We are all part in this new age of the modern/fast/convenient “food” and we are all reaping the disastrous effects. I mean we all have busy complex lives, right?

Although the direct correlation is up for debate, a look at the rise in processed foods and the rise in obesity and other health related illnesses will show it is hard to deny our “new” foods are slowly killing us.

There is good news, though! You have an alternative! With all of these unnatural foods there are great healthier food choices as well. As industrial farming has grown, so has the ability to provide the masses with fresh fruits, vegetables and meat in bulk.

You no longer need to spend an entire day hunting and gathering your food. You can now make a short trip to the grocery store. You can now stock your pantry with great healthy food in no time!

Along with this convenience comes responsibility. You now have the choice to eat healthy or not.

It’s obvious, when you look at all the stats on obesity and health issues like type 2 diabetes, what choice most people are making, but fortunately you aren’t most people!

Your simple choice to read this report has shown an interest on your part to get healthy. Even if you have a pretty healthy lifestyle currently, you now have the ability to bring tit up a notch!

The Paleolithic way of eating paleo diet, was founded around 1975, has been improved upon since then and has been here all along and we haven’t seen it!

You have now woken up. You/we can now see the error of our ways and the mistakes that have been made and can now fix them!

The reason why I chose Paleo and why you should as well is that it gives you a chance to live the life you were intended to live.

The Paleo diet is more than just a change in the foods that you eat, but it affects your overall happiness and success as well.

Let me explain.

What we eat affects us at every level of our being. We are literally built with the food that we eat. It repairs physically (strength, energy), mentally and emotionally…you literally are what you eat!

This is knowledge with a responsibility to fuel ourselves and treat ourselves with love and respect. Just like you wouldn’t pour garbage on yourself, you shouldn’t pour it down your throat. Imagine living a life without this garbage clogging your system. Can you?

Let me help.

Just imagine having more energy, being happy for no reason, being productive and having better focus. Now imagine looking at yourself and seeing an attractive, confident version of yourself staring back at you in the mirror.

This is what a change in lifestyle can do for you.

It goes beyond eating more veggies and drinking less soda. It goes into the core of who we are!

The reason why you should choose Paleo is the same reason why you should choose to live a happier and more successful life.

Now For The How 

Now you need to focus on what you are eating. Make a list of the good/healthy food choices you are currently making and the not so healthy ones.

You may already be eating healthy food. You may be eating plenty of fruits and veggies, you may be eating a lot of protein-rich meats.

You may also be diluting a lot of this great food with food-like products (processed and full of bad stuff) that are harming you.

To live a Paleo lifestyle, you need to drop the bad foods out of your diet. Cleansing yourself of these toxic foods is the first and most important step.

Start by going through your kitchen and marking down all the food in your house that you know you shouldn’t have. I want you to write it down because I want you to actually see how much unhealthy food you are currently consuming.

From there, start getting rid of it. Toss it out, give it to your neighbors, donate it…do whatever you have to do.

From there, see what’s left. It probably won’t be a lot, so prepare to go grocery shopping! Before you do, though, look up some recipes. Take a look at some of the foods you would like to incorporate into your life and find ways to do so.

When you go to the grocery store, if your budget allows, try to eat organic. Cavemen didn’t have chemical ridden, genetically enhanced food, so you should avoid it as well if it’s possible.

Try to surround yourself with a support system. If you can get your family on board, amazing!

If not, try and seek out other health minded people who can share this experience with you. Keep in mind, cutting out bad food is like quitting an addiction. These are the foods you have spent your life eating and for some people, they are part of their identity.

Breaking these cycles and changing your habits will be tough and there will be a lot of temptation. This is where a support system (even an online one) comes in handy.

Surround yourself with positive materials. Subscribe to a newsletter (mine for instance!), join forums, read books and keep your eye on the prize.

As time goes, you will acclimate to your new lifestyle. Your new way of eating will become an extension of your identity and before you know it, Paleo eating will be part of your lifestyle.

So, what is Paleo eating? What does it involve? What should you eat and more importantly, what shouldn’t you eat?

Now For The What

Here is where the real changes will take effect. Welcome to the crux of the diet, the food!

First of all, keep in mind that just because you will be cutting different foods out of your diet, this does not in any way, shape or form mean you can’t still enjoy food.

With different recipes, spices, flavors and combinations, you can still enjoy delicious meals and you won’t have to give up that which you love (taste and texture)!

Approach this diet with a perspective of adventure, of opening yourself up to new things, not losing old things.

Perspective is key.

As you know, it is called the Paleo diet because the goal of the diet is to eat like our caveman ancestors.

So, what does this mean?

This means only eating foods that could be hunted or gathered. This includes food groups such as:

Nuts, Seeds, Fruits, Vegetables, Meats, Fish and Poultry

Yeah, sure, these look like great, healthy foods to eat. So, what makes this different from any other diet?

The major difference are the foods you should NOT be eating. This includes:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Processed sugar and foods
  • Table salt

Remember, caveman time was pre-agriculture, so foods like bread were out of the question.

I know this is a lot to take in. There are probably tons of meals that you eat that involve these foods and making the transition can be difficult. Instead of focusing on that, focus on all of the foods you CAN eat.

This is one of the only diets that not only allows, but encourages eating steak, bacon, chicken, lamb…all the good stuff! Veggies and fruits are where you will get most of your nutrients and also where you most likely are lacking getting your nutrients.

Because of our focus on processed foods, many people are nutrient deficient. People are becoming overweight, yet nutritionally they are starving.

With the Paleo diet, your focus is on the building blocks of life. You will be getting tons of vitamins, minerals, protein and more, all without the strings that the modern diet has attached!

There is such a wide variety of foods out there that you may be avoiding or unaware of. Now, you will have the ability to experience these foods in a life changing way.

Your new diet won’t have calorie restrictions or a point system. That’s because this isn’t some kind of “get skinny quick” scheme.

The biggest difference between the Paleo diet and other types of diets is that the Paleo diet is a lifestyle change.

You aren’t just eating different foods to drop a few pounds, you are eating different foods to make your overall life significantly better. You are eating for vitality, you are eating for happiness and you are eating for success. You are changing who you are fundamentally, in the most literal way possible.

With the Paleo diet, you are literally changing what you are made of. Your body will be composed of new sources of energy and growth and you will slowly remove the damage done by the bad foods you have been eating.

It is my hope that this report has awakened you to new possibilities and the lifestyle you could be living. It’s a simple choice, but a difficult one.

Changing your life is never easy, but it is rewarding. I hope you make the change! I also hope you found this article interesting and helpful.




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