Is paleo a diet or a lifestyle

Pure Food: Paleo as a modern lifestyle


The paleo diet is based on the eating habits of people in the Stone Age: What didn't exist back then is still taboo today. Food should be natural and unprocessed as far as possible, and many are completely avoided. There is much more to it than a diet, namely a modern lifestyle.

Those who want to lose weight often try out countless methods, for example the Paleo diet, also known as the Stone Age diet. But there is much more to Paleo than a diet! Those who, like people in the Stone Age, only eat natural, unprocessed foods represent a philosophy of life. Combined with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, the concept is also called “Pure Food”, as the Swiss Romy and Dave Dollé represent it.

The concept of Paleo: Eating like in the Stone Age

The paleo diet is based on the species-appropriate diet of people in the Stone Age, so all foods that our ancestors consumed are on the daily schedule. Because they were hunted, gathered or fished, the diet consisted mainly of meat, fish, berries and vegetables, as well as herbs, nuts, eggs and mushrooms. Processed foods are taboo during the paleo diet, as are those that simply did not exist in the past, i.e. vegetable oils, bread, milk and dairy products. Grains and grain products are said to prevent the absorption of important nutrients. Because they are indigestible raw and contain the harmful lectins, legumes are also avoided. Because people have fed themselves this way for more than two million years, the food must be “appropriate to the species”, i.e. it must be easy to digest.

What is the goal of the paleo diet?

The Stone Age diet is not about sticking to a diet for the rest of your life, but about changing your diet sustainably. Paleo is a way of life. It is not the quantity of the food that is decisive, but above all the quality. Paleo advocates therefore advocate organic products and wild-caught. Not eating certain foods is of course not easy with today's diversity, but in the long run it should be a great benefit for well-being and ensure a fit, slim body.

Foods That Are Allowed:

  • flesh
  • fish
  • Eggs
  • vegetables
  • Berries (especially red ones)
  • Fruits, nuts, spices and herbs
  • Butter or lard (good fats)
  • Olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil

Foods To Avoid:

  • Cereal products such as bread, pastries, pasta
  • legumes
  • milk and milkproducts
  • processed foods and ready meals
  • sugar
  • Vegetable oils

How healthy can the diet be?

No question about it: the paleo diet is a good introduction to consciously dealing with your eating habits and eating healthier. Eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding ready-made products, alcohol and sugar, and freshly preparing meals is commendable. There are also no additives or too much salt. You automatically consume fewer calories and the body will lose weight. But it is also a question of health to completely avoid grain and dairy products. It can be assumed that our genes have changed since the Stone Age and that the body is also dependent on such foods. Many experts see no health benefit in removing bread and milk from the diet. In addition, the assumption that gluten permanently irritates the intestines and thus hinders the absorption of nutrients is controversial. The high meat consumption should be questioned not only from an ecological, but also from a health point of view.

Eating According to Paleo - Tips for Perseverance

If you are convinced of the concept and want to change your diet or use the Paleo concept to lose weight, you have to struggle with yourself, at least initially. It is still possible:

  • Good carbohydrates: Many people find it very difficult to avoid carbohydrates. Carrots, sweet potatoes, roots or plantains can help you through the difficult early days. Even if it is unfamiliar at first: the new energy source consists of fat and should ultimately help you lose weight.
  • Like-minded people: Do the diet together. If you can't find followers in your circle of friends, you will find it on the Internet. There are various groups that you can join. You will see: together it's easier and more fun.
  • To inform: Take a closer look at the topic. Understanding the rationale behind the diet will help you stay consistent. Numerous websites and books with information and recipes have been published on the topic (book tips: see below).
  • Relapse: Should it become critical, make an exception. One slip is still better than quitting the entire diet.
  • On the way or with friends: Explain your diet when you ask. Some are sure to show understanding or even interest in it. Eat salad without dressing, leave out the bun halves for the burger and only eat the meat and the salad.

Book tips on the paleo diet

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