The Paleolithic Diet...
The paleolithic diet is the most effective dietary approach for controlling diabetes. For millions of years, humans have eaten a diet rich in animal protein and plant fibers (the complex carbohydrates found in seeds, roots and fruits).
They avoided foods comprised of simple sugars (like grains, corn, and rice) because they are inedible in the raw state, as they contain many toxins.
It was around 10,000 years ago when the human diet changed. Our ancestors discovered that cooking made just about all food sources edible (heat destroys the toxins).
The availibility of high-energy calories from grains, wheat, corn, barley, rice, and oats supported their active and physically demanding lifestyles.
Cooking had an enormous effect on our food intake, doubling the number of calories that we could obtain from plants. This increase in available calories became a disadvantage as we adopted a more sedinary lifestyle.
|What You Need to Know|
|Instead of being able to eat only a fraction of plant life, cooking (and farming) allows us to eat a larger number of plants and animals. |
This in turn increases the number of calories that we can obtain from an area by some 10 to 100 fold or more. Then the harnessing of dairy products soon followed, allowing us to obtain even more calories from animals. Not surprisingly, cows milk is low in nutrients but high in sugar content.
Human dietary developments and today's seditinary lifestyles create an energy surplus that disrupts normal metabolism and completely changes human physiology.
Body fat, hormonal imbalances, immune dysfunction, and degenerative diseases are the hallmarks of an energy surplus fueled by a carbohydrate-rich diet.
The evidence is clear...the American diet culprit is carbohydrates.
A paleolithic diet is low in carbs and supports normal, healthy metabolism. It's a diet that perfectly balances energy supply with demand, increases lean muscle tissue, controls body fat, preserves hormonal balance, and prevents disease.
|True or False? |
Paleolithic diets raise cholesterol and increase the risk of developing heart disease...click link for answer.
The Paleolithic Diet Essentials
1. Eat none of the following:
- Grains -- breads, pastas, noodles
- Beans -- string beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, snow-peas
- Potatoes -- including sweet potatoes
- Dairy -- small amounts of hard cheeses are allowed
2. Eat the following:
- Animal protein -- red meat, chicken and fish
- Eggs -- including the yolk
- Fruits -- dark colored ones (pomegranates, red grapes etc...)
- Vegetables -- root vegetables, but not potatoes
- Nuts -- walnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia, almonds, but not cashews
- Berries -- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
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