The Paleo diet is trending right now, but what is it? Paleo is based on the assumption that our bodies are best suited for the eating habits of our ancestors in the Paleolithic era (hey, that’s where paleo comes from!). You know, cavepeople. They only ate what they could find and hunt, so it was limited to fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats. By limiting your diet, you cut out processed foods, grains, legumes, and sugars, therefore you eliminate the diseases like heart disease and diabetes that are a result of eating junk food and gaining weight. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the traditional food pyramid and the Paleo food pyramid:
While it sounds good on paper, this is not the case. You are also eliminating other good-for-you food from your diet. Dairy, grains, and legumes. When you eliminate some foods, you are also eliminating the way your body gets its nutritions, like Vitamin D and Calcium, in order to work. Also, by loading up on red meat, you’re increasing your saturated fat, which is a cause of heart disease.
It’s best to eat as clean as possible, and everything in moderation. Plus, it shouldn’t be a diet, but a lifestyle. This isn’t temporary. You want to treat your body like it deserves to be treated—you only get one body. That’s why I drink Shakeology for breakfast every morning. I know that I’m giving my body a bunch of good superfoods to help keep the system running smoothly. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and I try to stay away from processed foods (my will has been broken before, nobody’s perfect!).
So while this sounds natural (the way nature intended):
It’s really not. This is the pyramid you want to see in your diet:
So while the Paleo diet sounds intriguing and really good, it’s not what your body needs. It needs all the nutritions that it gets from vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.