With the avalanche of diseases that are more or less impossible to treat, the world has begun, in the last decade, to give more and more attention to nutrition, considered to be the main reason for the global health decline.
Relaxed or draconian diets, diet plans impossible to follow, with original names, vouched for by celebrities and aimed at those who wish to drastically change their lifestyle have begun to appear everywhere, across the Internet, on the cover of books, magazines, or specialized publications.
Today the carrot juice is trendy, tomorrow it is the maple syrup. Cow cheese is old, having been replaced by tofu and the cabbage soup is no longer cool, being replaced by boiled broccoli. And the Montignac diet has been taken over by the Paleo diet, that of the primitive man.
Fearing incurable diseases and early onset of aging, the specialists are seeking the return to the origins, to nature. This is the Paleo diet, a culinary revolution as it is called by dieticians and nutritionists alike. But how did this so called revolution begin? Well, in 2011, its authors, Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf were named by Greatist.com in top 35 most influential people in health & fitness. According to Health24.com, Paleo recipe books are the most sought after diet books in the last years. Some fitness programs have also started to promote the Paleo diet.
But What Is Paleo Diet Meal Plan?
Paleo is a modern nutritional plan, based on the products that were the foundation of the Paleolithic man’s nutrition. The diet began to be known in 1970, thanks to gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin, and since then it’s been promoted by authors, researchers, and fitness programs. The Paleolithic Era spread over 2,5 million years, and it came to an end 10,000 years ago, with the development of agriculture. Practically, the Paleo diet encourages the consumption of fruits, herbs, raw meat, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, and healthy fats.
All foods can be prepared thermally. Foods to avoid are diaries, cereals, processed foods, sugar, processed oil, alcohol, and anything that contains starch. The Paleo diet works on the idea that humans evolved over millions of years under the influence of the ambient environment that left a mark on the human genome. From beginning of humans until present day, the human genome changed very very little, therefore a diet similar to one from the old days is very appropriate.
Benefits of the Paleo Diet
Of course, the authors of the Paleo diet started with its health benefits, for which the diet gets maximum score. Consuming foods similar to the primitive man, the energy level is ensured throughout the day, so that we won’t have flaccid moments alternating with hyperactive moments. There is no risk of eating too many fats, because they are burned in a balanced way throughout the day, and the blood sugar level is stable at all times.
Plus, your teeth will stay not only strong, but clean, and the entire Paleo diet has an anti-inflammatory effect. It is also said that the Paleo diet fights insomnia, reduces allergies, and relieves diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune infections, as well as the irritable bowl syndrome.
Some people might argue that the primitive man did not live very long, sometimes even dying off young. According to researchers, the Paleolithic men’s shorter lifespan was not due to their diet, but due to harder life conditions, a threatening environment, fighting with other men or animals, and a lack of adequate shelter.