SPECIAL EDITION // 4 weeks challenge: Going Paleolithic
My hairdresser suffers from rheumatism since a very young age and always had to take medication to help fight the pain. She told me that 3 years ago she adopted a lifestyle based on the Paleolithic diet and since then she has been feeling significant improvement in her health and well-being and, consequently, she was able to reduced medication. The first few times she told me about this diet I did not show much interest in it. However, I have since known more people who follow this lifestyle and have reported great experiences in terms of autoimmune diseases’ symptom reductions and even weight loss. I was curious! So I started my research on Mr. Google and the amount of information available is immense!!! And I was even more intrigued by what I read!
After all what is the Paleolithic diet?
The Paleolithic diet is based on the principle that we should eat foods that we were originally “programmed” to eat. In other words, we must give priority to the consumption of natural foods and avoid anything that is processed or has artificial sugars, trans fat, artificial colors and/or flavors. All these substances are connected to diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s, depression, and infertility. The Paleolithic Diet is designed to fight all this so we can be as healthy as possible.
What should or shouldn’t we eat?
The Paleolithic diet is not a closed diet, so there are variations, some being more permissive and other more stiff. However, all variations follow some basic principles and the one rule: eat the most natural food and with less additives as possible.
Foods to eat:
- Fish and seafood;
- Low glycemic index fruits (in moderation);
- Dried fruit and seeds;
- Fat (oil, butter, coconut oil);
- Aromatic herbs and spices.
Foods to avoid:
- Cereals (wheat, rye, corn, oats);
- Sugar and processed, processed or refined products.
- milk and derivatives;
- Chocolate (usually over 70% cocoa);
- Red Wine;
- Legume (beans, pees, chickpeas, etc.);
Paleolithic diet benefits
- Improves the blood lipid profile;
- Burns stored fat;
- Helps with weight loss;
- Stabilizes the blood sugar levels;
- It makes workouts more efficient;
- Improves sleep;
- Reduces allergies;
- Balances the body energy supply throughout the day;
- Improves the quality of skin and teeth;
- Improves digestion;
- And has anti-inflammatory properties!
Challenged by a friend who has adopted the Paleolithic diet for more than a year now, I will follow this diet for a month, making weekly reports of my progress, challenges and difficulties.
I would also like to challenge you to accompany me or – better yet – join me in this 4-week challenge and to share your experience in the comments and/or on A MONTRA / THE WINDOW social media. Do not forget, however, that as we are not all equal, it’s possible that not everything fits your specific needs and, so keep in mind that everything I write comes only from my personal experience.
BONUS: Check this paleo blog, Mark's Daily Apple.
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