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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What is Paleo? Why?

I’m trying the #Paleo diet.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Paleo is a #diet that consists of trying to eat as our #Paleolithic #ancestors did, by #hunting and gathering.  It is also called the #huntergatherer diet or the #agro diet.  There are several #naysayers out there who say that this doesn't work for several reasons.
1. The food from that time simply does not exist today.
Okay. I’ll buy that.  But the food today is not that far off IF YOU STAY with #UNPROCESSED #FOODS!!!

2. If people hadn't adapted to today’s #processing methods, a lot more people would be sick.
Here’s the crux of the diet.  The idea of Paleo is that people haven’t adapted to processing and agriculture. #Peanut allergies are THE example that is used.  All of the sudden peanut allergies are cropping up in populations that had never seen them before.  The other broadly used examples are #wheat/gluten allergy and #milk/lactose allergy.  #Pasteurization began about 1100’s.  Peanuts were not popular for human consumption till the late 1930’s.  In the 1800 there was a great increase in productivity of wheat and during the #dust bowl in the US wheat was planted in the plains.  Wheat is one of the most common ingredients in US food along with #corn.

3. People died young in the Paleolithic era.
The average age of death of 30 includes childhood deaths from injuries, #preventable diseases, childbirth and infection.  Otherwise the people lived to 70.

I am going to try my best to live on this diet.  It is a lifestyle choice.  I know I’m not going to be able to do it all but that’s okay.  Even if I make better choices based on my knowledge that one less chemical in my body.  I have noticed that there are some #improvements in my #health problems.  I apologize in advance if I tend to gush a bit on this subject.  I know a lot of people who would benefit from this type of clearing out of crap from their diet.  I know people who complain every time they eat a burger and don’t know why.  Cheese and bread.  Two bad things.  At least!  Sorry. Rambling, going to stop now.