Concise Paleo Diet, the 15 minute guide for people wanting to know what the paleo diet is all about.
I wrote this guide to help people learn the basics quickly so they can start improving their diet right away. It’s a short read and will answer the key questions that most beginners will have.
If you’d like, you can also download this entire essay as a PDF file. I encourage you to share it with anybody you think might be interested in learning about the paleo diet. You can download it from this link: ConcisePaleoDiet.pdf
What will you learn?
- The problems that come with not eating real food
- Who is leading the charge into researching and promoting the paleo diet
- How to test yourself for dietary intolerances
- What foods to exclude from your diet
- Why bread isn’t the best thing since sliced… bread
- When in history was the paleolithic
What you will not learn:
- How to live on broccoli for two weeks
- How to raise chickens in your back yard
- Flatulence odor masking techniques
Ok, let’s get started! I’ll start out by briefly explaining the core premise of the paleo diet.
Paleo in a nutshell:
The main premise of the paleo diet centers around the idea that the average human body has not yet sufficiently adapted to eating foods that have become available since the invention of agriculture around 10,000 years ago. Some human adaptation has undoubtedly occurred, but the more modern the food, the less likely it will be good for us to eat.
Due to eating foods that exist outside of our evolutionary metabolic milieu (as Dr. Kurt Harris would say), people now deal with chronic “diseases of civilization” like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Foods that humans have typically eaten:
It’s pretty difficult to argue with the healthfulness of a diet full of those kinds of foods. Some people will try, usually by suggesting that one “needs heart-healthy whole grains”, but it simply isn’t true. Humans evolved just fine for a million years without bagels.
Foods that humans should consider avoiding or limiting:
- refined or processed sugars
- gluten grains
- grain and seed cooking oils
- processed food in general
Just like a hunter-gatherer in the wild should avoid the strange looking berries that caused the rest of his tribe to get sick, so should modern humans avoid foods that lead to chronic illness. What really surprises people, is that foods they have been told for years are healthy are turning out to be not so good.