Are you curious about the Paleo diet – the “latest” diet craze to light up both day-time talk shows and the health and fitness blogosphere? Had a friend “go Paleo” recently and wonder what the system’s all about?
For more information on how the “Standard American Diet” (SAD) as well as the Paleo diet can improve health and wellness within your existing lifestyle, check out the infographic and resources found below:
Think about the Paleolithic caveman for a second… He didn’t live off a diet of Pizza Rolls and Hot Pockets – instead, he either gathered the nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables or hunted the animal proteins that formed the basis of his food consumption.
Two major scientific “advances” changed this diet in significant ways. First, the agricultural revolution – which occurred around 10,000 years ago – introduced grains and farmed products to the diet. As a result, the humans of this era no longer needed to migrate to follow their food sources. Farms allowed them to build stable, yet sedentary, communities that eliminated much of the natural movement associated with a prehistoric diet.
Much more recently, the industrial revolution introduced the scientific method and the idea of “better living through chemicals” to our food supply. As a result of the hybridization, genetic modification and artificial creation of food products that has occurred, the foods we eat today bear little resemblance to the foods our caveman ancestors consumed.
So not only would our culture of pre-packaged convenience foods be entirely foreign to them – even seemingly natural foods like apples and oranges are so stunningly different on a molecular level that they’d be unrecognizable next to their prehistoric counterparts!
On the plus side, advances in food science have made it possible to sustain a larger population due to increased yield and crop outputs. But on the down side, evolution hasn’t occurred fast enough to allow our digestive systems to keep up with these changes. That Big Mac with a large Coke might taste good, but deep down, our bodies are craving the clean nutrients, fats and proteins they were designed to consume.
The results of this dietary mismatch can be seen a number of different negative health outcomes – including everything from spiking obesity rates to increased incidences of heart disease and autoimmune conditions. This is why the Paleo Diet Rocks!