We like to cover a variety of diets and options here at AlivebyNature, but today we’re specifically recommending the Paleo diet. While it’s become immensely popular over recent years, there are many different reasons why people choose to live this lifestyle. It’s easy to say that everyone who does agrees on one thing: when you make the change and start eating this way you feel fabulous… your energy increases, your mood improves and you experience a transformation like never before.
There are many benefits associated with the Paleo (or primal, caveman) diet. With this diet, you’ll eliminate tons of sugar, preservatives, sodium and other artificial ingredients that can wreak havoc on your health. Here we’ll go over some of the biggest benefits that have been gathered from many studies, success stories and books.
Nutrients, Nutrients and More Nutrients
There’s a wide belief that the Paleo diet is all bout eating pure protein and lots of fat. That isn’t really true, though. The fact is that you’re simply getting rid of empty, filler foods that are highly-processed and full of carbs. You’re eating nuts, fruits and veggies, healthy fats, berries and seeds instead. These are full of vitamins and minerals without all the carbs and artificial ingredients.
By not eating all the grains and legumes that can irritate your gut, your promoting better gut health. That means your body will now be able to absorb nutrients easier, too. Animals, plant based foods and select seafood provide a very well-balanced diet that encourages an improvement in overall health.
Long Term Weight Loss
While everyone is different and experiences different things with this diet, most of them enjoy the added benefit of healthy weight loss. You have more energy and your body can burn off all that extra stored body fat due to many reasons. You get better sleep, you’re getting adequate Vitamin D, a balanced helping of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids – all of which improve your metabolism.
Not Nearly As Much Gas & Bloating
Less sodium intake, more fiber and more water all help to minimize annoying and sometimes painful bloating and gas. This diet also promotes an increased production of gut flora. Gut flora plays a vital role in your keeping your digestion system healthy and efficient.
Hangry? Not Anymore…
For those of you who may not know… No, hangry is not a careless typo. It’s a word that’s meant to combine hungry and angry. It’s common among those who suffer from hyperglycemia. It also commonly occurs when you experience a sudden drop in blood sugar, which results in being hungry, irritable, tired and disoriented or a cloudy head.
This doesn’t happen on the Paleo diet, because you’re eating plenty of protein and fat. That means you’re more satisfied, you have increased and prolonged energy that’s released and provided to your body throughout the day. Your blood sugar levels are always at a healthy, balanced level so you avoid the drop in energy that you’re probably used to. You avoid those sudden bouts of hunger since it’s gradually building throughout the day. We could all do without those whacky mood swings, right?
Say Yes to Healthy Fats
The Paleo diet provides your body with healthy saturated fats (seafood, meat, coconuts, butter, etc…) and monosaturated fats (nuts & seeds, olive oil, etc…). You’re skipping over the trans fats that are well known to be bad for you. You’re getting a good balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, too. Not all fat is bad as many of us have been led to believe. Certain fats are vital to healthy, functional and efficient brain function, arteries and skin. It also helps prevent inflammation.
Common Benefits You Can Expect with the Paleo Diet
- More energy (that’s balanced and slowly released throughout the day)
- Better sleep
- Improved fitness and muscle development
- Increase in healthy gut flora
- Improved absorption of nutrients
- A clear mind
- Healthier hair and clearer, smoother skin
- Decrease in gas and bloating
- Decrease in allergies
- Decrease in asthma and other respiratory problems
- Improvement in lipid profiles
- Long term weight loss
- Help for anxiety or depression
- Overall better mood
- Better immune system
- Decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer
- Less insulin secretion, more insulin sensitivity
- Better glucose tolerance
- Reduced inflammation and pain
So there you have it in a nutshell: the benefits you get from choosing to use the Paleo diet. Eating what your body was intended to eat! It’s just that simple