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A Paleo diet/lifestyle takes us back to our roots, to the best that we can in these modern times.  It fuels the body with food and nutrients that the body wants and needs; real foods and not food-like products.  It gets us back to moving around, to testing our limits and breaking a sweat the old-fashioned way.  By doing these things, the old-fashioned way, we can take back control of our health.  We can avoid most diseases, recover from illnesses faster, abandon a life dependent on prescriptions and perform better in all aspects of our life from work to play. 

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I hope this gives you a basic idea of what Paleo means.  Even if you are against eating meat, there are common ideas that you should focus on.  Eating fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed foods.  A diet full of bagels and French fries is not one for optimum health.  But a diet filled with real, whole foods, is.  Thanks for reading, and please enjoy the rest of the website!

A Paleo diet can be summed up pretty easily.  Was it food when your great-grandparents were young?  Was it something that older generations would have eaten?  Did it come from a plant or was it made in a plant?  Basic ideas like that help us easily identify what real foods are.  To those that want to dive deeper into optimizing their diet and health, research and experimentation is required to find exactly what foods benefit you the most, and which ones harm you.  Even some real foods may not be all that good for us once we dive into the science behind them.  But that is for down the line.  For those looking to take the first steps, filling your plate with real, whole foods should be the initial goal.  No wrappers or boxes, no refined sugars or oils, no “natural flavors” and unpronounceable ingredients (aside from acai haha!).

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This is where the Paleo Diet/Lifestyle comes in to play.  Thankfully a wonderful community of “forward-thinking” individuals decided to actually “look-back” to solve our modern health crisis.  We survived for so long on our own, why now in this connected world, are we sicker than ever?  All signs kept pointing to diet & lifestyle. 

Our ancestors did not survive for millions of years by eating breakfast bars, bags of chips, drinking sodas and gorging on cakes and pies.  They didn’t stay lean and mean by sitting around their caves or huts all day.   They hunted fresh game, gathered seasonal fruits and vegetables.  They moved, often.  They ran, jumped and lifted heavy things to survive.  Their bodies were lean and strong, and their bones were thicker and more durable. 

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The information on this website is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only.  It is an opinion blog based on personal research and experimentation.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult with a licensed professional healthcare provider before undertaking any diet or lifestyle change.

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What is Paleo?

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Unfortunately there are some negative effects of our modern culture.  Our food industry is a for-profit one, and no longer a community-strengthening endeavor.  Within the last 100 years we have seen tens of thousands of new food products created in scientific labs and industrial factories.  Food created not for optimum health, but for maximizing profits of those who created it or own the rights to it.  Food products have been strenuously tweaked to provide optimum texture, flavor and maximum profit, most often in exchange of health benefits.  It is no coincidence that with the rise in consumption of packaged industrial food-like products, so is the rise in our society’s rates of deadly and debilitating diseases.  Heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other illnesses are running rampant in today’s modern world.  To top it off, the healthcare industry is also for profit.  Profits in preventative care are a fraction of what they are in post-diagnoses care.

Paleo stands for Paleolithic.  This is defined as “older or ancient, especially relating to the geological past”.  So what does this mean in terms of modern living?  Why would we want to classify ourselves as something old or ancient?

DISCLAIMER

One part of our existence that hasn’t changed is our need for sustenance.  We’ve always needed food and water to survive and to be able to procreate.  For the most part, our diet remained the same for those millions of years as we hunted and gathered what we needed to fill our stomachs.  It wasn’t until modern times where food is now brought to us as opposed to us going and looking for it.  And what a wonderful convenience this is.  We now have virtually year-round access to foods from all over the world at grocery stores generally within minutes from where we live.  At no point in our species’ existence has the access to food been so taken for granted.

Human beings have been around for a very long time, with some research dating our species at 5-8 million years old.  At some point around 6 million years ago, scientists say we started walking upright.  It was a slow progression to where we are now, taking millions of years to evolve to our more familiar mind and body about 200,00 years ago.  The civilized world we know can be dated to only 6000 years ago, and the industrialization of our society began less than 2000 years ago.  The life we know today didn’t really begin to take shape until the mid-1900s, less than 100 years ago!  Today we enjoy a worldwide connected society, being able to traverse mountains and oceans to see different cultures, talk to someone on the other side of the world in milliseconds with a couple clicks of a button and even see their face shining brightly on a screen held in our hand.  Needless to say, we’ve come a long way, mostly in the very recent past.

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