What is the Paleo diet?

According to Medical News Today, the Paleo diet, which you may have also heard referred to as “the caveman” diet, has actually been around for over two decades, but has gained more attention in the past several years. The Paleo diet refers to the dietary premise that eating the way our human ancestors did centuries ago is healthier than consuming the largely processed foods that are available today.

On a Paleo diet, you consume the foods that hunters-gatherers likely did such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish, lean meats and plant-based oils (like olive oil). Foods that are not allowed include processed foods, dairy products, potatoes, salt, refined sugar, grains and legumes as well as coffee and alcohol. These are modern foods that were not available to human forebears. The idea is that modern diseases, ailments and chronic health issues are caused by the body’s inability to adapt to modern food choices. By eating “paleolithically,” you can eliminate the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

Many people turn to the Paleo diet in an effort to lose weight. The Paleo diet necessitates an increase in exercise because hunters-gatherers were constantly on the move. In addition, the Paleo diet decreases the amount of carbohydrates that you consume, making it especially suitable for those with sugar intolerance. You can also adapt the Paleo diet so that it works for your needs, eating more of some foods and less than others, according to your level of sugar intolerance.

For those looking for a way to lose weight or help stem the effects of sugar intolerance, a Paleo diet may be effective. A study looking at the effects of Paleo eating over the last 25 years shows that for people who are at high risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions, a Paleo diet can be beneficial. Not only does it significantly lower the intake of many forms of carbohydrates, but it also increases activity levels, which help control blood sugar.

Although some people stay on a Paleo diet for years, some studies have shown that eating Paleo for as few as eight weeks can help. According to an article found in Medical News Today, a short-term plan may help to improve overall health and decrease risk factors for cardio disease.

It is important that you pay attention to the foods that are outlined by the Paleo diet if you also follow a FODMAP plan. Many FODMAP diets conflict with the foods allowed by the Paleo diet, so it is important that you add them into your diet carefully to find out whether or not they will cause distress. For example, starchy fruits and vegetables tend to be a large part of the Paleo diet, but they can cause distress for FODMAPs. If you are uncertain as to which foods are safe for following the Paleo diet while eating for FODMAP, this handy chart from The Paleo Mom can help clarify which foods are safe and allowable and which foods you should avoid.

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