The Paleo diet is based on the diet of our ancestors. Several researchers assume, on the basis of research, that humans have not been genetically altered since the agricultural revolution. Researchers in the 1970s concluded that our bodies would therefore benefit from a similar diet from the Paleolithic period (2.5 million years – 10,000 years ago). The Paleolithic diet was popularised in the 1970s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin.
After an explosive growth of refined products and sugars in our food, man has become massively thicker and unhealthier. Our health is deteriorating and people are literally eating themselves to death. Partly because of this, there is a movement that people go back to the basics. Something that you often see happen when people have gone beyond their means and have completely lost their way. The Paleo diet is a perfect match, partly because it is based on low-carbohydrate food. And the low-carbohydrate diets have been gaining in popularity for a number of years, not least because you can lose weight very quickly and permanently.
What do you eat with the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet is based on primal food. As a rule, this is food that is not (too much) processed by machines or exposed to unnatural ingredients, such as sugars, colourings and flavourings. Basically, during the Paleo diet, you will eat the following:
What you don’t eat anymore during the Paleo diet are the following food groups:
- Processed oils
Assumed benefits of the Paleo diet
The Paleo diet itself is not investigated very often, but more and more medical studies are published that endorse the foundation on which the Paleo diet is based. In particular, issues such as the poor impact of carbohydrates on our bodies and the mess that the food industry throws through our food are recurring. This is a brief summary of the health benefits that the Paleo diet (or similar) would have:
Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes (and fewer symptoms for people with Type 2 diabetes)
Fast and lasting weight loss (especially fat and no muscle)
Improved performance during exercise
Delaying and sometimes even improving effect on autoimmune diseases
Less charge of Acne
Better sleep and faster falling asleep
Improvement in concentration level
Lose weight with the Paleo diet
I also lost about 15 kilos in a short period of time due to a diet that is very similar to the Paleo diet. And although it’s different for every person, I can confirm that by following the Paleo diet I have experienced the following benefits myself… and still do it a bit less strict than the first three months:
I lost more than 15 KG within 3 months
I wasn’t hungry or dull at the time.
My sport performances remained (at least) the same
My concentration level improved after two weeks (I am ADD’er)
All in all, the Paleo diet is now my basis when it comes to nutrition. Of course there are days when I can get out of the way and enjoy everything that my diet abhors. But the next day I neatly fall back on the Paleo diet, without the need for sugars again.
The Paleo diet and children
In the beginning I kept the diet to myself. My son was 2 years old at the time and why should I blood him on some strange diet that I have to and will have to follow. Let the boy eat nice bread and potatoes… Strangely enough I am aware that we ourselves make our children addicted to those sugars and processed foods.
I never hear my son Finn ask for bread. I do ask for a slice of sausage, a piece of bacon, an apple, a banana, a piece of meat or fish. I find myself regularly urging my son to eat his bread. Or are potatoes… crazy now that I myself am convinced that this is not good for my health. And yet I still give him bread and potatoes… I think it’s because I’m afraid he’s going to run into restrictions when he goes to school… because yes… they also serve him ordinary bread. After all, it’s in the disc of 5.
And the food centre also stands firm, and the consumer sees them as an authority after all. In itself not very strange, given the fact that the big lender behind that website is a food producer. Whether I will ever get my son on the Paleo diet or not… no idea. I especially want him to have a good childhood and if everything around him works against him, he can eat a nice sandwich ;).
There is also a Paleo book for children. With ‘nice’ and healthy dishes.
Are there any disadvantages to the Paleo diet?
Of course! It is of course quite a lot… you have bread and nature all your life.