Friday, September 28, 2012

Fitness Friday - Paleo

What is Paleo? I have been Googling, Pinning and doing all my homework about this. I have heard many great things about Paleo. So I thought I would blog about it on my fitness Friday post this week.

After reading about what is is and learning about what you can eat and what you can't eat it really makes perfect sense. While it may be a new diet, it’s actually quite (well, extremely) old, hence its name. The Paleolithic era was from about 2.5 million years ago until about 10,000 years ago when we humans started intensively cultivating crops and raising animals for food. At the end of the Paleolithic era, people started to transition from eating the animals they hunted and the plants they gathered to eating the grains from their crops and the meat and milk from their domesticated animals.

Since then, heart disease, obesity, diabetes type 2, cancer and other inflammatory diseases have crept in to our societies, whereas modern hunter gatherer societies (who are believed to eat similarly to our Paleolithic ancestors) show almost no signs of any of those maladies. Since food is so integral to our health, we can only assume that the hunter-gatherer way of eating had a lot to do with their impeccable health, and in the last 100 years, there has been a lot of research to substantiate that idea. This Paleo way of eating and being takes us back to our roots, and you’re hearing so much about it because it makes people feel better: they lose weight, gain muscle, have more energy, have less inflammation of all kinds, their skin looks better and they feel younger. Digestive problems often disappear, seasonal allergies and asthma may abate, and people regularly go off their diabetes medications, including insulin.

For more great info about Paleo check out this site

I have decided to go Paleo for a couple of weeks and hopefully I will be successful and be able to do it longer. Wish me luck!

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