November 9, 2013 by Kimberly Beauchamp, ND
Tired of explaining to your friends and family why you’re so into this “new” diet craze? Need a little reminder of all the benefits of the Paleo lifestyle, yourself? Look no further.
When you’re eating Paleo,
- There’s no deprivation. What other diet allows you to eat real food, including plenty of healthy fats? Yes, saturated fat counts as healthy.
- You have more energy. With an ideal balance of healthy carbs from fruits and veggies, protein from meat, fish, and eggs, and fats from animal and plant sources, the Paleo diet fuels your body for work and play.
- You lose weight and keep it off. When you’re eating foods that truly nourish you instead of filling you with empty calories like those from processed foods, you’re not as hungry for junk, making it easier to lose weight.
- Many chronic health conditions clear up. The Paleo diet is ideal for people with (or looking to avoid) heart disease, diabetes, digestive issues like IBS and acid reflux, frequent infections, and many other “mysterious” conditions that haven’t responded to conventional or alternative treatments.
- You don’t have to worry about searching for gluten-free options. When you’re not eating ANY grains, you automatically rule out many gluten-free, heavily-processed options. Making foods from scratch gives you the ultimate control of your diet.
- You don’t get sick as often; when you do get sick, you tend to get better, faster. Because you’re not continually assaulting your immune system with other tasks (including keeping inflammation from clinical and subclinical food sensitivities in check), it has a better chance of fighting off potential invaders, like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
- Eating is simple. You don’t have to think about what “fits” in the diet. If there’s dairy, grains, legumes, or sugar in it, you don’t eat it. Also, there’s no measuring or calorie counting. Easy peasy.
- You’re not constantly hungry. When you’re eating enough of the right foods, your body has all the energy it needs to perform at its peak. Including healthy fats helps satisfy hunger and keeps you fuller, longer.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is for educational and/or informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any condition. If you have any concerns about your own health or that of a family member, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.