DRAPABLE DIET Part 2: Paleo Diet
Paleo Diet – A way of eating that truly goes back to basics, Paleolithic diets are all about eating like our ancestors did.
The paleo diet runs on the same foods our hunter-gather ancestors supposedly ate: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts.
In the present scenario, it’s impossible to completely mimic our ancestors. So as the name goes, you don’t have to hunt for food but paleo diet aims in eating as naturally as possible, opting for grass-fed meats, an abundance of fruit and vegetables and other whole foods like nuts and seeds.
So it’s mainly eating foods that are organic. But no grains, dairy, added salt, or legumes (including peanuts, beans, lentils, and soybeans) and cutting packaged foods from your diet, even though they are organic.
All versions of Paleo diet encourage lean proteins, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats from whole foods such as nuts, seeds and olive oil and grass-fed meat.
Ideally one should eat a wide variety of proteins from as many animal sources as possible.
Fruits and vegetables those are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.
Also Read: Drapable Diet Part 1: Ketogenic Diet
So, no grains, no sugar, no processed foods.
Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meat. Scientific research and epidemiological studies show that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.
But there is a huge difference…
Our ancestors’ hunted antelopes, buffaloes, etc. which were wild and probably some animals we’ve never heard of that are long extinct. Their meat was generally quite lean and provided healthier omega 3 fatty acids than meats from modern day animals, even the grass-fed ones. Many of the plants that thrived back then are also extinct today, making it impossible to truly follow their meal plan. Plus, since most of today’s meats are higher in saturated fat than those of yesteryear, it can increase the risk of heart disease, Consuming excess protein and not enough carbs can cause kidney damage and also increase your risk of osteoporosis. It’s not possible in terms of our lifestyles to get foods which are completely organic.
Remember, any yo-yo diet starts in weight loss from muscle, water and fat, and usually ends with a weight gain of all fat, which contributes to a slower metabolism and increased insulin resistance.