We’ve heard about it. We’re breaking it down for you. Apparently, our bodies are not equipped to have starchy vegetables, sugary foods and diets high in carbohydrates (even whole grains). Not according to Dr. Loren Cordain who has published medical documentation on his website as backup to his claims. If you have upper GI problems, high blood pressure and/or a glucose/Diabetes Type 2, the Paleo Diet may be the diet to follow. By eating starchy vegetables and even whole carbohydrates, you may not be getting the correct amount of fiber.
Also, Dr. Cordain believes that we eat too many carbs and not enough protein. He thinks that the amount of sugar in our bodies is changing our insulin receptors. By consuming foods high in fiber and proteins with healthy fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from Omega -3 and Omega-6 oils oils, you will not increase your chance of heart disease. By getting the right kinds of fats in your diet, you are close to what our ancient ancestors ate.
High fiber fruits and vegetables are a better alternative to eating even whole grains. The Paleo Diet claims that fiber found in carbohydrates aren’t processed and absorbed by our bodies as well as vegetables.
So what could you actually eat on the Paleo Diet. Here’s what a sample day of food intake would look like if you were to go on the Paleo Diet…taken straight from http://www.paleodiet.com
- Breakfast: Omega-3 or free ranging eggs scrambled in olive oil with chopped parsley. Grapefruit, or any fresh fruit in season, herbal tea
- Snack: Sliced lean beef, fresh apricots or seasonal fruit
- Lunch: Caesar salad with chicken (olive oil and lemon dressing), herbal tea
- Snack: Apple slices, raw walnuts
- Dinner: Tomato and avocado slices; grilled skinless turkey breast; steamed broccoli, carrots, and artichoke; bowl of fresh blueberries, raisins, and almonds; one glass white wine or mineral water. (Clearly, wine would never have been available to our ancestors, but the 85:15 rule allows you to consume three non-Paleo meals per week.)
On the list of foods NOT to eat are Legumes and potatoes. I can see the potatoes being removed because they are a starchy vegetable but Legumes are always hailed as a healthful food. Famous Dr. Oz believes that legumes are beneficial to fight colorectal cancers as well as Type 2 Diabetes. Read this article on his website for information about a study that was done among 64,000 women in Shanghai http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/after-40-nutrition-surprising-health-benefits-beans .
More foods not to eat are dairy, refined sugars, salt and processed foods. Although the 85:15 rule is that you can have up to three non-Paleo meals weekly. You can find more information about the Paleo Diet here http://www.paleodiet.com . Click on the pulldown menu at the ‘Getting Started Menu’ to find the medical documentation and more breakdowns of foods that you can and can’t eat on the Paleo Diet. You can purchase his book through his website as well. If you have an autoimmune disease, you may also want to visit the Paleo Mom’s advice here http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/05/modifying-paleo-for-autoimmune.html