The Paleo diet is based around the idea that during the Paleolithic era, humans evolved nutritional needs specific to the foods available during that period. Since then, human metabolism has been unable to adapt to handle many of the foods that have become available since the arrival of agriculture.

Followers of the Paleo diet believe that just like any other animal, humans suffer when they stay away from their natural diet.

It is a common opinion of nutritionists that a diet high in processed food and unnatural fats and sugars contributes to many health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and much more.

However, by reverting to what our ancestors used to eat, our bodies begin to revert back to its optimal health – food stops making us sick, and starts making us strong, energetic, vibrant, and healthy.

In many ways, the Paleo diet is based on a very simple idea, and the theory behind it makes sense. It’s also not that difficult to adopt, and what’s great about it, it’s that it doesn’t restrict you to an unnatural eating habit, the way many other lifestyle diets do.

You’re probably wondering at this point what type of foods can you eat in a Paleo diet. Basically, Paleo is anything natural, in season, and unprocessed.

If you’re thinking of giving it a try, here are some good places to start:

Foods to Avoid

Toxic foods include: most grains, including wheat and rye; llegumes, like soybeans and peanuts; vegetables oils; dairy foods that are high proteins like casein and lactose; and of course foods with added sugar, like candies, cakes, and sodas.

Foods to Eat

Almost all foods rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are a good choice. For example: vegetables, especially wild vegetables; fish and seafood; organ meat and poultry; healthy fats, like eggs and butter; in season fruits; and unprocessed nuts and seeds in smaller quantities.

Paleo Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle

Paleo is not just about what food to eat or avoid, but about living a healthier life. This changes can help keep your digestive system healthy, your body strong, and your immune system resilient. Even though food plays an important part in our health, it is a good idea to back it up with other healthy habits such as spending time outdoors, getting a good amount of sleep each day, and of course exercise regularly. Also try to reduce unnecessary toxins in your life, like smoking and drinking.

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