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What is the Paleo Diet, and Where Did it Derive?

By: Jenn Moss

There are a variety of ways of eating to implement into your daily life. Some thrive on Keto, Gluten-Free, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, and so on. Of course, what works for one person may not work for another. One diet that has increased in popularity over the last couple of years is the Paleo Diet. Now, you may ask, what in the world is a “Paleo Diet?”

The Paleo Diet is short for Paleolithic, connected to the era the diet derives from. Dating back to millions of years ago when cavemen roamed the earth. Let us take a trip back in time, and think about what was available then. With no grocery stores, the early people had to hunt and gather for food, or they didn’t eat. To survive, they had to eat what they could find, which was usually lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, and seeds. This way of eating then cancels out anything that resulted from farming later on, such as dairy products, legumes, and grains.

Studies have been done that prove that the human species were extremely healthy, agile, strong, and lean during this time. So it’s no wonder that many have chosen to adopt that way of eating as well, turning modern eating habits on its head. With no grains or dairy to make you feel sluggish or tamper with digestion, the Paleo Diet provides a great structure for choosing foods that are bursting with vitamins and nutrients, and provide you with clean energy.

What are the other potential benefits?

1. Improved glucose tolerance

2. An increase in energy levels

3. Stronger ability to focus and think clearly

4. May aid in weight loss

5. A stronger ability to control your appetite — fewer dips in blood sugar

Of course with any diet, there may need to be slight modifications for physical, mental, or spiritual health needs. Some adaptations to the paleo diet may be eating a small amount of rice, or some (or lots) or red wine, dark chocolate as a treat, etc. Hard and steady rules may work for those who desire structure, but for others, they need a little bit more wiggle room. It’s your body, and you choose how to fuel it. If you resonate with the way our cavemen and cavewomen ancestors ate, perhaps you give this way of eating a try. Enjoy the journey back in time to our human sustenance routes, and notice if it improves your life in any capacity.