The meals look tasty, the ingredients are usually from responsible sources, but what is the theory behind it and why do people eat like that?
That's what we are going to explain here.
The principle of the Paleo diet (rather Paleo lifestyle) is based on the way of life of the primeval man; in the days when people still hunted and collected. Scientists have researched how humans lived then, and what they ate. It is assumed that the genes of humans are set to this primal diet, since we have lived in this way for many thousands of years.
When humans began to develop further and learned how to grow certain crops and keep animals themselves (the agricultural revolution), we also started to eat differently. We started eating grains, milking cows and in the course of time we developed more and more methods to process these foods. If you put this event on a timeline of the existence of man, the agricultural revolution is actually not so long ago.
Hunters and collectors actually already ate Paleo. They mainly ate vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, fruit and sometimes some nuts and seeds.
A big change in our diet. We started cultivating foods and started to process them more and more.
Food from a factory?
Nowadays a lot of our food is produced in factories, with a lot of artificial additives and especially a lot of sugar. And our bodies don't react well to that. We feel tired and get all kinds of annoying complaints.
Back to basics
Back to our great-grandparents, back to our genes. Healthy food as nature intended. By eating only those things that make us feel great, we feel fit and healthy again.
The starting point: our genes are not adapted to this way of eating. The result of that is the increasing occurrence of all kinds of diseases; diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, auto-immune diseases et cetera. Moreover more and more people are overweight and shortages of vitamins and minerals have become normal. Medical science often has no answer to this and the 'treatment' is aimed at combating symptoms.
Moreover, everything is being produced more and more mass-produced, as a result of which foodstuffs contain less and less nutritional value (less vitamins and minerals) and animals are being injected with hormones and antibiotics; these substances are also being taken in by us and are making our bodies heavier and heavier with the excretion (detoxification) of these substances.
The Paleo lifestyle has another solution for this: treat and prevent disease, and promote health by eating like the primeval man ate. In short, this primal food consists of:
* Nuts and seeds
So, as you can see, it contains no cereals, no milk products, no legumes and no sugar. It also contains no chemical additives.
Why no sugar?
Sugar is very addictive and can seriously disrupt our blood sugar levels. Every time we eat sugar (or a lot of carbohydrates in another form, such as bread or pasta), our body produces insulin to keep our blood sugar level constant. However, the problem is that humans often eat a lot of these blood sugar increasing foods, which makes the body more and more difficult to regulate and eventually even makes it insensitive to changes in blood sugar levels and can no longer regulate them. That is the origin of diabetes.
In addition, a strongly fluctuating blood sugar level means that we are increasingly hungry: we are going to eat more and more. This reinforces the initial problem.
Our body has almost no storage capacity for the large amounts of carbohydrates/sugars we eat, the only solution is to store them as fat.
Why no cereals?
Most grains contain gluten; these can cause a so called 'leaking intestines', this means that the intestinal wall gets damaged and all kinds of undigested substances can enter our body through the bloodstream. Our body does not know what to do with these substances, so the immune system starts to attack them. The result is chronic inflammation throughout the body and an overactive immune system; this is how we are at the basis of autoimmune diseases.
Why no dairy?
When a child is born, it is perfectly capable of digesting milk: mother's milk. A child produces enzymes that enable the components of milk (lactose, milk protein) to be broken down properly. After a few years, the child loses this ability; he will have to start eating solid food.
For the adult human being the digestion of milk products is difficult, especially when it concerns milk from another animal (such as a cow). This also causes the intestinal wall to become damaged and can't do its job optimally.
Why no legumes?
Although legumes are common in nature, they still contain so-called anti-nutrients. These are substances that a plant produces to protect its seeds (which legumes actually are) against animals. These substances can also damage the intestinal wall.
How do I get enough energy if I don't eat grains or little carbohydrates?
Man is actually not made to have carbohydrates as the main fuel. What we as humans can burn most efficiently is fat. So you need fat. Fat serves as fuel, it doesn't make you fat, and on top of that it gives you a satiated feeling and a constant flow of energy.
But not every fat is equally suitable for eating; within the Paleo lifestyle, stable, saturated fats are mainly used for cooking, such as coconut oil. A stable fat is a fat that does not oxidize at high temperatures; oxidation of fat means that the fat is 'burned', when you ingest it will cause damage to the body.
Less stable fats such as olive oil, are suitable for cold eating, but only if such a fat has a healthy fatty acid composition. Sunflower oil, soybean oil, margarine, etc. are all not suitable for eating either cold or hot; they are so processed and contain a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, this causes damage in the body cells and also causes acidification. This does not benefit the daily functioning of the body, such as cell division and defense against pathogens.
Furthermore, fatty fish is also a very good and healthy source of fat of a good composition.
Where do I get calcium from if I don't eat milk products?
It's very simple: you get calcium mainly from green vegetables. Although milk contains a lot of calcium, it is very difficult for humans to absorb it. So difficult, in fact, that digesting milk can cause the body to extract calcium from our bones; in the end, it costs more calcium than it provides.
The calcium you find in (green) vegetables is very easy for us to absorb.
Try not to focus on what you leave out of your old diet; instead look at the possibilities and enjoy all the fresh ingredients that nature has to offer. Be creative in the kitchen, and feel the difference in your body.
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