The Paleo Diet
You have probably heard of the Paleo diet. It has certainly been getting a lot of attention the past couple of years. But do you understand what it's all about?
The term "Paleo" is short for the word Paleolithic, which refers to a specific type of diet or eating style reminiscent of that era.
The Paleolithic era, also known as the Stone Age, was a time when primitive people lived in caves and survived as hunter-gatherers. Their diet consisted of meat from animals they could hunt and kill, and fresh fruits they could gather.
The Paleo diet consists of foods that are in their raw or true form and are available in nature.
Eat Like Your Ancestors
Have you seen pictures of cavemen drawings? Most of us have. Ever seen a picture of a fat caveman? No, you probably haven't. They were athletic and muscular and lean.
Our bodies are physiologically designed to derive energy from the original foods our ancestors ate. The paleo diet will help you to lose weight, feel stronger, and function better.
The Paleo diet is credited with many health benefits.
It will increase your vitamin and mineral intake, as well as provide you with important antioxidants. It helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, improves cardiovascular health, and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
The Paleo diet also detoxifies the body, promotes a better quality of sleep, and facilitates weight loss.
There is no calorie counting involved and portion sizes are not too important.
Choose to eat nuts, fruits, eggs, grass‐fed meats, vegetables, healthy fats, and oils that will nourish your body. Avoid carbohydrates and processed foods. Eat foods that are in their most natural state possible.
Obesity, and diseases such as diabetes type 2, and certain cancers can be caused by eating plenty of processed foods and sugar but not enough fresh, healthy foods.
If you choose to follow the Paleo diet, preparing your own food is the best way to ensure that everything you eat is fresh and healthy.Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food is an enjoyable and inexpensive way to ensure that you are eating the freshest and healthiest food possible.
There are various methods of growing vegetables and herbs at home. Grow them in your garden, in large pots outdoors or indoors, and even in window boxes.
Decide which vegetables and herbs will be most useful to you. There is no sense or benefit in planting and growing foods you do not enjoy.
Growing your own food is a way to get children involved in healthy eating. Vegetables will be much more appealing to them if they grew and harvested them, themselves.
When you grow your own produce you never have to question how fresh it is. Home-grown herbs will always be superior in freshness and taste to store-bought ones.
A lovely bonus is that growing your own herbs will make your garden and home smell wonderful.
Eating Healthily In An Unhealthy World
In a perfect world you wouldn't find yourself in a fast‐food spot after work, nor would you drag your family to a restaurant for dinner on a weeknight. You'd cook and eat healthy meals at home for yourself and your loved ones.
We are living in an age where "fast food" is so easily accessible that we find ourselves muttering under our breath if we’re in a fast-food line for more than a couple of minutes.
Although convenient for working moms and people who work long hours, this has contributed to an increase in lifestyle-related illnesses and obesity.
Eating healthily in a world of fast foods is possible but it requires some careful meal planning, and the determination to make healthier choices when eating out.
If you use food in its most raw form, it will always be healthy. But the way you prepare your food is important.
Here are some things you can do to eat healthily in this world of fast foods, pre-packaged microwave meals, and highly processed convenience foods:
Keep Sauces On The Side
When you're eating out at a restaurant and want to order a salad or a main meal that is served with a dressing or sauce, ask for that to be served on the side.
In this way, you have control over how much you consume and can decide if you actually like the taste enough to want to eat more of it.
Stay Away From Deep-Fried Dishes
Not only meats and fish but also vegetables can become unhealthy choices when deep-fried in a batter.
Ask About Substitutions
Most restaurants are willing to make substitutions if you ask them. For example, if your dish is served with a side order of fries, ask if you could have a baked potato or some grilled vegetables instead.
Set aside one day of your week for preparing healthy lunches and snacks to take to work and school, so that you won't be tempted to pop out in your lunch hour for take-out meals.
Be A Kid Again
Order from the children's menu if one is available, as the kiddie portions are often smaller and the side dishes are usually healthy options such as fruits or veggies.
The Sweet Life. Is Sugar Bad For You?
These days there's a lot of talk about simple carbohydrates such as sucrose (sugar) being "bad" for your health. Governments worldwide are cracking down on sugar, imposing "sugar taxes" on soft drinks, etc.
We were told for years it gives us energy, now it's bad for us! Is sugar the new enemy? Let's take a look at the facts.
There are various types of sugar, some natural and some very processed. It’s the super-processing that’s bad for you because it turns natural plant products into highly addictive drug-like substances.
Most sugars aren’t harmful in their natural state.
It is derived from fruit, but after processing that turns it into a highly-concentrated form of sugar it should really be called “industrial fructose”. Eating fructose in the form of fresh fruit is not a problem.
Glucose is a sugar that is found naturally in your body due to the breakdown of carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables, especially starchy ones.
Glucose supplies almost all the energy to the brain and is necessary for metabolic health, respiration, and more.
If you want to be able to think clearly, you need the right amount of glucose. It can also be extracted from starchy foods such as corn and rice.
Found in milk, it’s made from galactose and glucose. Industrially it’s produced as a by-product of the dairy industry.
Most humans produce lactase to help digest this type of sugar, but some people are unable to do so.
This sugar is found in the germination process as the seeds break down their starch stores for food to sprout and grow.
It can cause many intolerances as well as weight gain, kidney stones, and more.
However, eating it in its natural form in sweet potatoes, soybeans, barley and wheat (other than those who suffer from celiac) is healthy.
Obtained from cane and beet plants, it contains vitamins and minerals essential for health. Honey is mostly fructose and glucose with trace amounts of sucrose.
This highly processed form of sugar, when consumed in excess, can lead to dental problems, lowered immunity, hyperactivity, mineral imbalances, and skin breakouts.
Results Of Excessive Consumption Of Sugar
When your insulin response is healthy, your cells release the right amount of insulin. Excessive consumption of sugar will confuse your body about when to release insulin and when not to.
This can lead to a condition known as insulin resistance, resulting in type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
Cancer cells also love sugar. That’s because like most living things they need sugar to grow. Cancer cells especially love white sugar, white flour, and high fructose corn syrup.
Packaged and processed foods, tinned foods, cakes, muffins, cookies, candies, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, and snack foods contain hidden sugars.
If you are consuming too many of these, despite the risks to your health, you may be addicted to sugar.
Once sugar is extracted from beet or cane plants and highly processed, it becomes as addictive and harmful as any drug. In a study on the effects of sugar on lab rats, it outperformed cocaine as the drug of choice.
Sugar is best avoided as far as possible in the interests of a healthy body, and only a healthy body can house a healthy mind.
Limit your consumption of processed sugars. Focus instead on healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Say To Yourself, Daily:
EVERY DAY THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER.
I NO LONGER CRAVE FOODS OR SUBSTANCES THAT ARE HARMFUL TO MY HEALTH.
I NOW CRAVE ONLY HEALTHY FOODS AND NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS THAT IMPROVE MY WELL-BEING.