The Paleo Diet basically mimics what our ancestors would have been eating in pre historic times. Foods that would have been obtained by hunting and gathering alone, including meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These all being elements of a healthy diet.
Dairy products, legumes and grains are generally excluded from this diet as these are considered more recent additions to the Paleolithic diet since farming began. This change in diet outpaced the body’s ability to adapt and therefore it is believed that dairy products, legumes and grains are contributors to obesity, diabetes and heart disease in today’s world.
So does the paleo diet complement our modern lifestyle? If so, how so?
Why follow a Paleo Diet?
I believe that following a paleo diet or lifestyle as I like to call it, is very sustainable and healthy. The variety of foods permitted cover a wide range from lean meats, vegetables fruits and nuts and seeds providing the necessary nutrients to sustain a healthy body and mind.
There is a substantial amount of flexibility within the diet and substituting certain foods is easily doable, unlike some other diet regimens that lack flexibility and therefore are hard to maintain in the long run. Paleo is not only a diet, but a lifestyle that can easily be followed and maintained.
According to the “Healthy Lifestyle” issue and taken from the “Mayo Clinic” studies, the following foods are recommneded and the ones to avoid are stated.
What to eat
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
- Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
- Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
What to avoid
- Grains, such as wheat, oats and barley
- Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts and peas
- Dairy products
- Refined sugar
- Highly processed foods in general.
Complementing our modern Lifestyle.
Does the Paleo Diet complement our modern lifestyle?
In my opinion it absolutely does, so how does it?
In our modern current world, where we are rushing from A to B and simply cannot find the time to make things from scratch whether it’s food or anything really, we seem to need instant access and satisfaction on things such as packaged foods, technology and everything pre packaged and pre prepared so we can grab and be ready to go. In the present world of supermarkets and convenience, grab and go has become the norm for many people.
This is in contradiction to what paleo is, in particular from the food aspect. Among what to avoid as stated above, The Paleo diet suggests that processed foods and ( practically ) everything that comes in a package is a no no, given that there are preservatives and additives in packaged foods. Too much salt and added sugars are also a no go.
The Paleo Diet can complement out modern lifestyle because we can certainly find ways to be prepared and to make the best food choices we can as we are able to access organic fruit and vegetables and we have choices in the meat and seafood sectors to chose lean, organic and unprocessed foods. So even in this modern world we can practice what is paleo accepted going back to the whole, unprocessed foods our ancestors had access to and we can replace items by using substitutes for the foods that are not permitted. It requires common sense and hence the paleo regimen is quite flexible, there is no cause to become bored with and can easily be incorporated in our daily routine.
Some food substitutes are listed below and that makes the Paleo Lifestyle/Diet quite versatile and much less restrictive than other diet programmes. Therefore Paleo is easier to follow and maintain as you don’t feel the need to binge and you don’t feel deprived. The saying goes, “you can have your cake and eat it too” and “everything in moderation”.
Replace – All purpose flour with – coconut flour, tapioca flour, almond flour.
Replace – Cow milk with – coconut milk, almond milk.
Replace – Dairy cream with – coconut cream.
Replace – Sugar with – maple syrup, honey.
Replace – rice with – cauliflower rice, broccoli rice.
Replace – wheat pasta with – zuccini spirals.
Replace – vegetable oils with – olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil.
Replace – potatoes with – sweet potatoes.
Replace – milk chocolate with – dark chocolate.
Replace – farmed fish with – wild caught fish.
These are some of the main ingredient replacements but certainly not the only ones. The more organic and and the more whole foods you can consume the better it is for your health.
There are many recipe books written by people that have experimented with ingredients that are paleo friendly and have come up with some brilliant recipes for all types of meals. I have been impressed with the ones I have seen, particularly a book on paleo/keto breads, muffins, rolls cakes etc. that I didn’t think was possible. Then again I am not creative, so it is very exciting to discover such a variety on the market and yes, plenty of people enjoy creating family meals even in our busy modern world.
In complementing our modern lifestyle, we can still apply any food regimen we choose, to live a happier, healthier life and enjoy our beautiful world.
To your health and thanks for dropping by.
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