You might have heard of the recent diet crazy called the Paleo Diet. Now, I am not a fan of "fad diets" and I personally do not care for the Paleo diet but before I go into detail about the con's of the diet, let me just say, I know a lot of people who swear by this and this is in no means to go against them but it is my opinion on the diet so take it or leave it.
What is the Paleo diet? The Paleo diet is a diet that is based around our ancient ancestors, the caveman. The diet is known for it's low carb, high protein and high fat content. The good thing about the diet is that it removes the processed and genetically engineered foods from the diet. I am all in favor for that! However, the bad part is that the diet is geared toward eating like caveman and last time I checked we are no longer caveman. People from that time ate the way they did because they HAD to, not because they WANTED to...big difference!
See our bodies evolve, technology evolves, science evolves and so on. Do you think there was a reason why caveman ate like they did? They needed to survive. They didn't know the nutritional value of all the foods that they were exposed to but they would take what they could get and not to mention their life expectancy was mid 30's. We are so far from that today that we can literally get our hands on ANYTHING we need and our life expectancy has more than doubled.
Going back to our bodies evolving and having adapted to the 21st century is something I always point out when talking about Paleo. The paleo diet is a limited diet that subtracts many essential things that have a lot of nutritional value (dairy, grains, legumes). We have access to many foods now a days and the best part is, our bodies are used to them and know how to digest them. Now when you have genetically modified and highly processed foods our bodies respond differently. We are starting to see that many problems are arising from these and I think that is why people are trying to turn to "natural and whole food diets." The thing is, it shouldn't be a DIET, it should be a lifestyle. You cannot survive off highly saturated meats, yolks, coconut oils, nuts and the other few foods allowed on the Paleo diet. You CAN survive off of fruits, veggies, whole grains that aren't modified, and lean proteins. You do need healthy fats such as oils and nuts but in moderation.
So why is that people are turning to this diet? Diets are a fad and people turn left and right and go around in circles trying to find one that "works for them." Many people want to achieve an aesthetic look and think that following a book that tells you a certain way to eat will work for you. Unfortunately, if it were that easy then we would all look the same and everyone would be in great shape and there wouldn't be an obesity epidemic. My opinion is that our food is so genetically modified and processed that our bodies are rejecting it and storing fat. Not to mention that everything you see at the grocery store or at fast food restaurants is loaded in high sugar, high fat, and processed to no end. If you want to actually CHANGE your body and CHANGE your body composition then you need to feed your body the RIGHT food- whole foods. We shouldn't restrict ourselves and follow silly diet guidelines because everyone in Hollywood and their grandmothers are doing it. We should start by looking at what is in our kitchen and eliminate anything that comes in a box, package, or has more than 6 ingredients. If we feed our bodies all natural foods then I assure you it will digest it like an all natural food and in my opinion, many of our "health problems" will decrease.
Try changing up your kitchen pantry and taking out anything that is processed. This will help you in "cleaning out" your insides and will benefit your body in the long run.
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.