The Paleolithic Diet

Yep. I’ve lost a ton of weight over the last few years. Okay, maybe not a whole ton. Maybe it was only 50 lbs. In 2007, I weighed in at 180, and decided something had to be done. In 2011, I weigh in at 133 – the same weight I was when I was 17-20 years old.

The three biggest components to losing that weight were:

  1. Emotional – without dealing with this one, you might never lose the weight – In beginning to deal with it, it seemed almost effortless to drop pounds.
  2. Mental – rewriting the programming in your computer (brain) for the correct eating signals from the stomach to the brain. See “The Naturally Slender Eating Strategy” – another note I posted.
  3. Diet/Lifestyle change – See this post.

The Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain

Several years ago, I read The Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain. This book really changed how I think about my diet, and changed many of my food choices. As a result of reading this, I eliminated certain foods completely:

Peanut Butter and Peanuts or Cashews – replaced completely with Raw Almond Butter (Trader Joe’s has a great deal on it). Peanuts and cashews actually are NOT nuts, and much less healthy than real nuts. Also, RAW nuts are WAY healthier than roasted.

Heavily processed foods. I still eat a few from time to time, but my shopping cart is not filled with them anymore. Examples: Lunchables (I used to love these, and eat them for lunch at work all the time), packaged meats like bologna or sliced smoked turkey from Buddig, packaged frozen dinners (I make an exception for a couple Trader Joe’s products, but I used to eat a lot of frozen foods), bread (I might eat a piece when I go out, but I never buy it for at home), potatoes (again, sometimes when out, but never at home – and out, I’ll try to get a side-salad instead if it is an option).

What is the Paleo Diet?

It is pretty simple, actually. I can sum up the generalities in this single post.

Here’s the DON’T EAT list for the Paleo Diet:

  1. No grains.
  2. No legumes. (beans)
  3. No dairy. (I still love cheese and ice cream, but have cut both down, and don’t consume any other dairy.)
  4. No tubers. (potatoes)
  5. No processed, packaged, frozen types of foods.
  6. No processed sugars or additives in food.
  7. No added salt.

Here’s the DO EAT list for the Paleo Diet:

  1. Fresh animal meat, ideally grass-fed or as naturally raised as possible.
  2. Fresh poultry, ideally as naturally raised as possible.
  3. Fresh fish, ideally naturally caught from safer waters.
  4. Fresh fruits.
  5. Fresh vegetables.
  6. Nuts.
  7. Berries.

The Paleo Diet Food Pyramid

How does the Paleo Diet work?

This is the original diet of homo sapiens sapiens, and our species has eaten it since our species began, right up until the “Agricultural Revolution.” Most of the other species of the homo genus that gave rise to modern humans also ate this diet. You could also label it “The Caveman Diet” or “The Hunter-Gatherer Diet,” because this is where it comes from. Our ancestors thrived on it for millions of years. Our modern human bodies evolved over many millions of years – all of the while eating this diet.

It is only in the last 10,000 years that we’ve started eating the stuff on the “DON’T EAT” list above. And surprise…the longer we eat it…and the further we get from the original human diet…the more cancer we find. The more terminal illness.

If you take a tribe of hunter gatherers out there in the world today (they still exist in remote places) and begin feeding them the modern agricultural diet (even without all the processed garbage in the grocery store) you’ll find that in a single generation…they become shorter, fatter, more bald, and have massively increased incidence of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These are the primary health problems of the modern world.

These diseases are the result of eating foods meant for grazing animals like cows, horses and deer. Our bodies are not meant to graze. Our guts are incapable of properly digesting that stuff, and the remnants left behind in our systems act like poisons, preventing us from proper nutrient uptake and healing.

But don’t take my word for it. Read the book. Try it yourself. You’ll just feel better and healthier and the whole time will come closer to your ideal weight. I’ve seen this diet take a diabetic completely off of insulin. He does not need it anymore. You owe it to yourself and your health to at least check this one out.

The Paleo Diet: What am I eating TODAY?

  • A bowl of tomato red pepper soup from Trader Joe’s.
  • Several apples – Granny Smith and Pink Lady varieties.
  • Chocolate covered macadamias. (OK, so chocolate is off the diet – sue me)
  • A seared Ahi Tuna steak.
  • Some barbecued boneless/skinless chicken thighs.
  • Some juice – pomegranate.
  • Water.
  • Yum!
  • Loren Cordain’s official website:
    http://www.thepaleodiet.com/

    Two other great online resources:
    http://www.paleodiet.com/
    http://www.paleofood.com/

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