What is Paleo all about?
If you want to wrap your brain around the Paleo diet, go way back in time, and imagine yourself as a hunter-gatherer. Whatever food you could secure for yourself by way of hunting, foraging, or fishing, you are allowed to eat while following a Paleo diet. To be more clear, here’s what’s on the basic approved list while eating like our Paleolithic ancestors:
- Leafy greens
- Regional veggies
Anything outside of this list should remain outside of your diet. Here’s a (short) no list:
- Refined sugar
You can think of eating Paleo as more of a lifestyle than a diet. Instead of counting calories or restricting yourself, you focus on eating the right food.
This way, you’ll lose weight by cutting out what’s bad for you, and gain muscle by eating enough of the food that’s good for you. Speaking of what’s good for you, let’s go deeper into that.
Why is the Paleo diet good for your body?
The Paleo diet can be thought of as the original way we were “supposed” to eat. It’s based on pre-agriculture (big agriculture), and that means pre-dependence on grains, corn, bread, and pasta.
To break it down quite quickly, our diets have evolved over the years, but our genetics haven’t that much. The “average” homosapiens living thousand of years ago, and eating a Paleo diet, was athletic and had a more muscular build.
The “average” homosapien living today is overweight, and threatened by obesity and other preventable diseases. Enough soapboxing, let’s move forward with how your diet and daily routine can change if you’d like it to.
Paleo and exercise
Similar to the diet itself, exercising while eating within the rules of Paleo is based off this core principle: do what you feel your body was designed to do. Exercising in this way, can be looked at as “natural movement” instead of forcing your body to work in a way that doesn’t feel good to you. You’re encouraged to workout with brief strength training, instead of long and intense cardio, and to walk and move outside, as an alternative to working out on machines.
According to the Department of Health, “Too much cardio is the exercise equivalent of “healthy whole grains,” and damaging to your entire system.” Some additional benefits of following a Paleo exercise program are:
- Rest and recovery time
- Strength and energy (instead of soreness)
- A strengthened immune system
- Lower stress levels
- Improved sleep and memory
So, how is Paleo different from other high-fat diets like Bulletproof?
Since we recently focused on the Ketogenic diet, we’re going to keep our comparison here to that of the Bulletproof diet. Eating Bulletproof means eating similar to Paleo, but instead of focusing on eating like our ancestors, the focus is to eat for an anti-aging and high cognitive performance life. This means a few different things:
- More fat than Paleo is encouraged
- Eating butter
- Moderate protein consumption
- One day per week of protein fasting
Another distinction between Paleo and Bulletproof eating, is the focus on the quality of the food and how it is raised or grown. It’s a key component of the diet, to eat foods that will be free of pesticides, hormones, and toxins, by knowing where your food comes from. According to Bulletproof.com, “A Bulletproof Diet includes nutrient-dense, high-quality foods that feed your body at a cellular level and minimize your body’s exposure to harmful chemicals like mold.”
What are the pros of eating Paleo?
Here are a some positive results you might see from eating Paleo:
- An overall “cleaner” diet
- Less inflammation in the body
- You are more satisfied and sated from your meals
- Weight loss
What are the cons of eating Paleo?
In contrary here are some not-so-positive aspects of Paleo:
- Grains and dairy may not be good for your health and energy, depending on what your body needs
- May be a challenging diet for vegetarians, since it’s so meat focused
- If you’re a high-intensity, cardio exerciser, this may not be the fit for you
Eating Paleo with CookUnity
After reading a bit more info on the Paleo diet and how it can be incorporated into your life, maybe you want to try it. CookUnity has you covered on that.
Since eating this way would be a lifestyle change, consider eating Paleo through one of our subscription programs. You can set your meal preferences to fit the your new way of eating, and we’ll take care of your meals so it’s a bit easier (and more delicious).
Or, if you’re not looking to make the full shift in your life and diet, but just want to eat Paleo when you choose, we’ve got you there too. Check out these meals: