Research shows that hunter-gatherer societies were virtually free of the many diseases and disorders we see today such as: high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases, yet human genetics have hardly changed since then.
There are many signs that indicate our modern diet (wheat, refined and processed foods, high sugar etc) is the root cause of most degenerative illness, including cancer, depression and infertility.
Because they lived so long ago, it is difficult to know exactly what Paleolithic people ate or how they lived, yet it is known that their diets would have been nutrient dense, consisting of wild meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts and seeds.
The Paleo diet avoids all grains (wheat, rice, oats etc), legumes and pulses, dairy and refined sugars. It is naturally lower in carbohydrates than the modern diet and automatically eliminates foods that are low in nutrients. It also eliminates all processed foods that are high in sugars, trans-fats and toxins.
Those who have followed the Paleo diet find they lose weight easily and, as long as they stick with the eating plan, find they can keep it off permanently. This, I believe, is because it eliminates the worst trigger foods that make us overeat and keep us hungry: wheat, sugar and white potatoes (just eliminating these 3 foods alone will result in rapid belly-fat loss).
Many people see incredible results from following the Paleo diet, and not just from weight-loss, as it eliminates the common foods that are known to cause allergies and food intolerances, and foods that are hard to digest or cause problems for those with autoimmune diseases and leaky gut.
Those suffering with autoimmune disease quickly see amazing results in their health when following a Paleo diet because pulses, wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy are all eliminated. These foods cause major problems to autoimmunity (as do all grains, nightshades, nuts and seeds). In fact, it is not until they start following Paleo that many people discover they have an autoimmune disease or leaky gut (which tend to go hand in hand).
If you are thinking of trying the Paleo diet I have included a list of all the foods to eat or avoid below. If you know you have an autoimmune disorder I recommend visiting the following sites: Autoimmune-paleo or Paleomom, to learn more about how your diet can affect your condition.
If you are still eating wheat it is probably a good idea to do the 4 week wheat elimination programme first, as it will make the transition much easier.
Foods to Eat on the Paleo Diet
- Meats derived from grass-fed animals
- Fresh fruit (limited to 3 pieces a day due to sugar content)
- Fresh vegetables
- Healthy unprocessed fats
Foods to Eliminate
- Cereal grains
- Refined sugar
- Refined salt
- White potatoes
- Processed foods