A Beginners Guide to the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet has a common misconception of constant meat-eating like a Caveman. In reality, the Caveman era represents our ideal choices of eating natural foods that won't ruin our metabolic, immune and digestive systems. Here's what you really need to know about starting the paleo diet. 

Paleo 101

The foundation of eating paleo is built on that we aren’t genetically designed to digest the modern grains, dairy products, sugars, legumes and much of the processed foods we eat today. We have not evolved to efficiently handle the “modern” agricultural diet, including the engineered and/or highly processed foods that have become so popular over the last several decades. Many medical professionals blame the “diseases of society” (e.g. diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, etc.) on our bodies’ inability to digest “modern” foods.

The Benefits of Eating Like a Caveman
Many people find they ‘naturally’ lose weight when they shift to a primarily Paleo eating style. This is a nice side benefit. But the primary benefits include:

  • Improved Heart Health- eating lean proteins and good fats maintain healthy cholesterol levels for cells and blood pressure.
  • Improved Digestion- by eliminating grains and legumes, diseases such as colitis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease are less likely to develop. Those with these illnesses may find the symptoms reduced.
  • Maximum Immune System- many see the reduction of allergies and other immune system issues. The Paleo diet is naturally gluten and lactose-free, both substances some people’s bodies treat as allergens

Staying Committed Long-Term

Many people ask if eating only Paleo-approved foods is required to recieve the full health benefits. The answer is simple, do what works for you. This means being "partially paleo," choosing better-for-you foods that might not be deemed paleo. Sprouted grains for example have become a popular alternative for breads, tortillas, chips that some may not consider 100% paleo. 

Next Steps 

If you find the basics of Paleo interesting, there are a lot of great sources where you can learn more. One of our favorites is Robb Wolf's website. It is easy to get started. You don't need to prep or significantly change your lifestyle. The key is to search out foods that your body was meant to eat and avoid the high processed, modern agricultural products that are so abundant. So make sure you are surrounded by good options, especially when you are on the go. At Caveman Foods we are dedicated to helping you make healthy choices through accessible paleo snacks on-the-go