In this post, it is my pleasure to introduce Ania from the website livecleannourish.com. She is a fellow health advocate and she is here to share her advice on how Paleo might be the option you have been looking for to transform your life.
Although Paleo is not the path that we here at the Healthcare Maquis choose to follow, Ania and I believe in the same basic things:
- clean, nutrient dense eating
- safe, chemical-free eating
- eating as close to nature as possible.
I do not care what path you take on the journey to wellness, just get there.
Below you will find an article outlining some basics of the Paleo lifestyle, enjoy and be sure to stop by and check her website or Facebook for more info.
The Paleo diet as a framework for your health journey
There are countless success stories of people losing substantial weight and curing chronic disease on the paleo diet. Why is this? It’s because it’s a diet of REAL FOOD.
There are a lot of misconceptions about the paleo diet. Don’t get caught up in the hype or details, let’s focus on what is vital to remove from your diet to take your health to the next level.
Worry about the nitty gritty once you’ve accomplished the basics. Health is a journey, so let’s take it step by step. Here are the two biggest steps to make progress towards better health:
Step 1: Change the way you think about food.
Food is nourishment and fuel for your body, it is literally what powers you. Ever pay for premium fuel for your car? In much the same way, start thinking about upgrading the fuel that powers you. What you put into your body determines how you feel, it affects your immune system and has a significant effect on your risk of chronic disease. Food should come from the earth and not a laboratory.
Step 2: Remove Vegetable oils, including soy and canola
Vegetable oils are heavily processed, high in omega 6 fatty acids, are typically genetically modified, and usually laden with pesticides. Petroleum is often used to extract the oil. As for soy, the highly processed form found in soybean oil is hazardous to health. It is full of phytoestrogens which serve as estrogen mimickers in the body. Excess estrogen levels increase your risk of cancer, PCOS, and other hormone-related disorders. In addition, its high levels of phytic acid make it difficult for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals. Approximately 90% of soy and canola oil is genetically modified.
What foods to avoid while eating Paleo
Whole wheat has a reputation for being one of the most healthy foods out there, but have you ever looked at the ingredients of a typical loaf at the grocery store? Corn syrup, soy, dough conditioners, and preservatives are common ingredients.
So why don’t I advocate eating a cleaner version? Modern wheat is hard for our bodies to digest and contributes to leaky gut, autoimmune disease and malabsorption of vitamins and minerals. Modern wheat is usually GMO and sprayed with glyphosate, which California now deems a known carcinogen. Millions of people feel better on a gluten-free diet for good reason. But remember, gluten-free junk food is still junk food.
There’s no diet that advocates for high sugar (even though a lot of them actually HAVE high sugar). This is for good reason, it’s deleterious to health in a variety of ways. It’s connected to every condition under the sun from heart disease to diabetes.
Factory farm meat
There are a variety of studies claiming how bad meat is for you, particularly red meat. But there’s one confounding variable that is never addressed. There is a big difference between meat that comes from hormone laden cows shoved full of antibiotics with no space to move eating a diet full of corn and soy… and a grass fed cow on a pasture.
It’s not “you are what you eat,” it’s “you are what your food eats.” The profiles of these two sources of meat do not compare.
Food that comes in a box is not food, it’s food like product. It’s not an all or nothing rule, some boxes contain one or two ingredients and can be a helpful part of your diet (think a box of organic pumpkin puree), but in general, if it comes in a box… it’s probably not food.
Start with avoiding these foods and you’ll be on your way to better health. This is what the Paleo diet is all about. It’s about eating clean, real, minimally processed food with ingredients you can pronounce! After you’ve accomplished this we can get into the nitty gritty.
This post was written by Ania from www.livecleannourish.com.
Live Clean Nourish is a paleo inspired, natural health blog that encourages readers to take health into their own hands. Invest in your health and join the community on Facebook: All Things Natural Health – A Paleo Perspective (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473596442662232/).