Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular?

The Paleo diet — sometimes called the cave man diet — is based on the idea that eating foods similar to those consumed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors is the healthiest, most successful path to sustainable weight loss and optimal health. These guidelines will get you started on making the transition to eating Paleo:

  • Build your meals around animal protein sources, vegetables, fruits, and naturally occurring, high-quality fat sources.
  • As much as possible, eat grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised meat and poultry and wild-caught fish and seafood.
  • Eat a wide variety of vegetables (including starchy vegetables, like sweet potatoes and winter squash) and fruits (especially berries).
  • Enjoy a wide range of naturally occurring fats, including coconut products (milk, flakes, butter, and oil), avocados, olives, and olive oil.
  • Avoid all gluten and grains, including wheat, rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, barley, spelt, and oats.
  • Avoid all seed and industrial oils, including canola, soy, and corn.
  • Avoid dairy, including milk, cream, half-and-half, cheese, and yogurt.
  • Avoid all added sugars and artificial sweeteners. (The naturally occurring sugar in fruit is okay.)

By removing foods from your diet that cause inflammation inside your body — foods that weren’t part of our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ daily meals — you’ll enjoy a wealth of health and lifestyle benefits.

Here are some of the benefits of living Paleo:

👍 Increased fat burning
👍 Weight loss
👍 It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
👍 Better ability to manage emotional and physical stress
👍 Reduction allergy symptoms
👍 Increased energy lasting all day
👍 Deeper and restful sleep
👍 Helps to rebuild and relieve skin conditions such as acne, alopecia and eczema
👍 Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
👍 Reducing joint pain and pain
👍 Relief of depression symptoms
👍 Clear and glowing skin. Strong nails and hair
👍 Alleviation of symptoms of autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease

Why paleo diet is popular?

According to new research by take-out service Grubhub, which handles billions of dollars in food orders every year, the Paleo Diet is said to be on the rise as the most popular with consumers in the U.S. right now.

The Paleo food sales that they saw in 2016 were said to have been a 370 per cent increase from the year before.

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