Mississauga - Oct. 23, 2011 - Nearly two million years ago, cavemen roamed the earth gathering foods that nature provided. They were thriving on a diet full of protein and animal fats with a very low intake of carbohydrates.
When agriculture was created 10,000 years ago, unatural and processed foods started appearing and were consumed. The foods we started eating were foreign to our bodies and created major problems.
Diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis and autoimmune disease did not exist during the Paleolithic era. Research in many scientific departments, such as dermatology and biology show that it is our current diets that have caused these diseases.
Dr. Loren Cordain is an expert on the Paleolithic diet. For the past 20 years he has been researching diets and their effects on our bodies. He has three books under his name, which include The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet for Athletes. He also has a website filled with information at thepaleodiet.com.
The Paleo diet is simply defined as eating like cavemen did in the Paleolithic era. Foods like meat, fish, eggs, nuts, wild berries and fruits are consumed. There were no grain products, added sugars, vegetable oils, or dairy products available to them, so they are not eaten in the diet.
Each food provides different benefits for the overall health of the human body. Healthy bones and strong muscles are achieved by eating lean proteins. Antioxidants and vitamins are received from fruits and vegetables. Seeds and nuts provide you with healthy fats.
People of all ages have taken interest in the Paleo diet, from children to seniors. Anyone is encouraged and can become Paleo due to its long list of benefits and positive results to your health.
Brian Reed, 45, is an avid Paleo dieter. He began a year and half ago when he learned of all the benefits, such as lower body fat percentage, more energy, excellent cholesterol level and low blood pressure.
“I have more energy during the day without having that 'low' feeling in the afternoons from blood sugar spikes.”
This diet might seem difficult at first glance. To suddenly cut out the foods we love and consume every day can be a challenge for many.
“I loved bread and pasta so that was hard to give up, but after a few months it got easier,” Reed said. “Natural foods like fruit and vegetables got better tasting.”
Kristie Johnson, 16, just started the Paleo diet. After trying to lose weight for a while she heard of this diet that provided quick results.
“My dad was doing it and I noticed an extreme difference in his energy level and his weight,” said Johnson.
Both Reed and Johnson are members of Firepower Crossfit Training, a gym in Milton. Many members of the gym are on the Paleo diet and are in the best shape of their lives.
Other benefits besides the weight loss and energy boost, is the elimination of acne, reduced risk of diseases such as cancer, improved athletic performance and an overall longer, healthier life.