What is the Paleo Diet?
Humans are sicker than we ever have been. Currently, one seventh of the world's population suffer from diabetes and/or obesity (2, 3). The top three causes of death in Canada are cancer, heart disease and stroke (4). The top four selling drugs are an antidepressant, a PPI for acid reflux, an anti-inflammatory, and a statin for high cholesterol, each bringing in about 6 billion dollars each year (5).
What if there was a way to reverse or even prevent chronic disease, and remain healthy and drug-free well into your golden years? Well, there is! Following a diet, and lifestyle that our body and genetics have been accustomed to for millennia may be the answer. Research shows that our diet, lifestyle and environment account for 90–95% of our most chronic illnesses (6, 7). The key to personal health is discovering which foods help you and which foods harm you. Everyone is different in the foods they can tolerate. But, the Paleo Diet is a great starting place. It is a nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, real-food diet, which eliminates the disease promoting dietary culprits that affect most people.
What does Someone Following a Paleo Diet Eat?
Grey Area Foods: **Some people benefit from these foods, others not so much**
Misconceptions of the Paleo Diet
Personalization is Key
The key to success with a healthy diet, is finding out what foods are good for you. Studies show that individuals metabolize and react to the same food differently (25). Starting with the Paleo diet is a great idea because it eliminates most dietary triggers for most people. From there, you can experiment with what foods help or harm you. There are a lot of diet gurus out there, but your best guru is yourself!
I would like to hear from you! Do you eat, or have you tried eating Paleo? How did or do you feel?
Lindsay Rusk, R.Ac., fmp
Lindsay Is a Registered Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health Investigator, Paleo Enthusiast, and Blogger.
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