Paleo Warriors and Barbecue Season
The Paleolithic diet takes you back to the times before agriculture introduced grains and processed foods into our diets. It encorporates fish, grass-fed meats, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts. The concept is to mimic the diet of our pre-historic ancestors who would have lived hunter-gatherer life styles.
What better time to start your paleo diet than barbecue season? Cooking on the open flame is not only every man's ideal Sunday activity, it also reduces the amount of fat in your food - think George Foreman grills but more old school!
But before you start wolfing down burgers and hot dogs whilst thumping your chest like Tarzan, remember it has to be unprocessed food for this diet; no bread, pasta or excess salt and avoid dairy too.
In a recent examination of different diets by US News the theory behind the Paleo diet was descibed as:
"Our highly processed, carb-obsessed eating pattern is the culprit behind many of our biggest health ills, so why not go back—way back—to the Paleolithic period of more than 10,000 years ago, when our diet wasn’t full of junk food and pasta? Paleo advocates say we should eat the way we ate when we were hunting and gathering: animal protein and plants."
The diet has been criticized as being a fad as there have not been large trials on it, however trials which have been carried out have shown that the paleo diet improves weight loss, reduces cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart disease. The panel of experts from US News labelled the diet as being hard to follow, well yes, it is if you're looking for convenience foods, but it really is very simple if you cook from scratch and it gives you more ownership over the food that you eat.
The elimination of processed sugar from your diet is beneficial for preventing or monitoring type 2 diabetes and other issues caused by metabolic syndrome, yet unlike Atkins, the diet still contains 23% carbohydrate which is gained through vegetables and roots.
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