Human evolution is at its peak. Be it in terms of science, technology, literature, arts, commerce, communication or anything & everything concerning our immediate environment. Advancements in all these spheres are a matter of pride for one & all. Rapid advancements in the overall quality of life have allowed us to lead a far more advanced lifestyle than our forefathers. As illustrious as the proposition sounds, a lot of unwanted ills have also crept up in this evolution tale.
The advent of a fast-paced lifestyle in the 20th Century and the subsequent deterioration of our general lifestyle in the 21st century has lead to an unforeseen phenomenon – Lifestyle Diseases. The likes of obesity, heart disease, diabetes. thyroid, cholesterol, chronic organ failures, cancer, depression and the likes have become a regular feature of our lives. Such undesirable health conditions have made us rethink the way we live our lives.
Our sedentary lifestyle & modern diets, which are loaded with sugar, fat, and processed foods have made us lethargic and prone to diseases. We are what we eat, and thus, it’s safe to say that our diet is the backbone of our general health.
One workable solution to our lifestyle disease happens to be adopting the diet that our forefathers had adopted – The Paleolithic diet. A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
Basically, eliminate modern foods from our diet and return to the way our early hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. The human body is genetically mismatched to the modern diet. Our minds might have acclimatised to the evolutionary changes but our bodies will acclimatise on their own pace. This diet will benefit you by way of elimination of high-fat and processed foods that have little nutritional value and too many calories.
What to eat when on Paleo Diet:
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
- Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
- Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
What not to eat when on Paleo Diet:
- Grains, such as wheat, oats and barley
- Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts and peas
- Dairy products
- Refined sugar
- Highly processed foods in general