Thirteen years ago, I discovered the Paleo diet. I wish I had stayed with it. I’m going back to it.
These days, too many people are using the words, ‘Paleo Diet’ in their writings and recipes and neither what they write nor what they cook have anything to do with eating the paleo way.
For reference, when I use the word ‘diet’ I am referring to a way of eating, i.e. a nutritional meal plan that is beneficial to your health, not ‘eat this and lose weight’ although many do lose weight on paleo.
What is the Paleo diet? The paleo diet is a healthy, ancient way of eating that excludes; grains beans legumes, and white foods such as potatoes, sugar, and dairy. Here is the food pyramid for the Paleo Diet.
You will notice there are no legumes which means no legume pasta, or GF pasta, no GF this or that. It is not the gluten in grains that prevents them from making the cut on the pyramid, it is the toxins they contain. The same holds true for beans and legumes. It is because of the lectins and one other reason I will get to shortly.
Eating food containing lectins may cause digestive distress in some people. That’s because the body cannot digest lectins. Instead, they bind to cell membranes lining the digestive tract, where they may disrupt metabolism and cause damage.Aug 12, 2020, from Heathline website.
Also, lectins are found in all plants, but raw legumes (beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, peanuts) and whole grains like wheat contain the highest amounts of lectins. You are still eating lectins when eating leafy greens, fruits and other vegetables but in lower amounts than what is found in whole grains, beans legumes.
While digestive issues are on the rise in America, ,any doctors refuse to acknowledge it is due to the increase in people eating whole grains, beans and legumes and only blame poor eating habits (into this category many will place red meat but it is one of the easiest foods to digest), lack of exercise, etc. The same things that cause all disease.
Consuming high levels of plant material is no guarantee of improved health.
How was paleo ‘discovered’? Well, the so-called paleo diet was being eaten by the peoples of North America since they emigrated there from their own native countries centuries ago. This way of eating is also enjoyed by tribes people in Africa. One of the issues between American settlers and the Indians was that many American tribes were hunter-gatherer and the settlers grew their food by tearing up the land and planting seeds in neat rows. These rows of food need protecting so up go fences and suddenly people who hunt are cut off from following their food source to where ever it has gone.
The paleo way of eating was not invented but it was observed and adapted by, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. He was an arctic explorer who literally missed the boat (ship) that was supposed to take him to the rest of the expedition party, and lived with the Eskimos (Eskimo means meat eaters) while waiting for the next opportunity to go exploring.
Here is a LINK to a pdf explaining some of Stefansson’s findings about the health benefits of eating meat. Note it also includes references to popular food myths about scurvy and needing to eat grains. Neither of which is true, but both are so ingrained in our culture that these ‘sacred cows of nutrition’ even make it into t.v. shows. I can just see the writers of say, ‘House’ or, ‘The Mindy Project’; W1 ‘Uh hey guys we need content for next week’s show what can we write about?’ W2 ‘I watched a news article about how eating red meat is bad for you. Let’s to a show about people eating low-carb high-fat diets getting scurvy, heart disease and being fat.’.
A paleo diet means eating food as close to its natural state as possible. This means there is no such things as; paleo baked goods, pastas, cheeses, desserts, etc.
Now, some people will argue about whether or not dairy is ok to consume. I am going to leave that up to you but remember, coffee is made from beans. If you have been eating a paleo diet and are still experiencing some symptoms of illness, pain, brain fog, inflammation etc. you might want to explore going off coffee and seeing if that helps.
Beware websites with ‘paleo’ recipes that include; grains, beans and legumes. These people pander to other people’s weaknesses in order to have high ‘follow’ numbers and to make money.
The other reason for not eating carbs on paleo is to help overcome carb addiction. Carb addiction is why people experience ‘paleo flu’. Let’s call it what is is, withdrawal. Some people use food the way others use drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Finding substitutes for foods excluded from eating plans can inhibit people from experiencing success with their new way of eating which in turn can cause them to become discouraged and quit.
Since the paleo diet is modeled after tribes people who do not eat plants, the other problem that has come up, which also aligns somewhat with what was mentioned above with people not being able to let go of the misinformation that people must eat vegetables.These people redesign the paleo pyramid to look like this:
Or this which is all kinds of wrong (see the grains there in the middle-ish?).
Disclaimer: Please consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning this or any other dietary change especially if you are obese and on medications. This information has been provided as an educational resource and not as a diagnosis or attempt to diagnose any illness or provide a cure. However, you may do a search on the internet and find inspirational stories from people who have had complete turnarounds to their health by eating paleo despite what popular t.v. shows and hte media try to tell us. Ask yourself’ if XYZ is so bad for us per the news articles with which we are bombarded, why are the people who eat lchf diets so darn healthy and good looking? Let’s look at some lowcarb high fat faces. (many are Keto faces but they are still eating lchf)
They all look so much healthier and happier!
Whether it is; paleo, carnivore, or keto, low-carb eating does have its benefits. There are 11 weeks left in 2020. How nice would it be to start a lc diet and actually lose weight during the holidays instead of gaining it?Can your body really take on another 10-20 pounds?
REMEMBER; PEANUTS ARE NOT NUTS, THEY ARE LEGUMES AND SHOULD NOT BE EATEN ON A PALEO DIET (PLUS, THEY TEND TO MOLD WHICH IS AN UNDESIRABLE THING TO EAT NO MATTER WHAT DIET YOU ARE ON.).