What is the paleo diet?
The paleo diet is a nutritional model based on the evolution and on food of plant and animal origin consumed by our ancestors, mainly: vegetables, meats, fish, seafood, eggs, fruits, seeds and nuts. In moderation, dairy products, legumes and cereals. And excludes any type of processed product and the sugar.
Do I have to eat like a Homo the paleolithic?
No, not at all. It's simply a matter of applying the style of life of our ancestors taking advantage of the possibilities offered by our current environment. Eat foods as closest to their source best, to give preference to environmentally friendly products and to avoid at all costs any product feed or industrial processing. Easy, right?
Do you have any side effects?
Yes, without a doubt. Do not forget that we are what we eat. Adopt a more healthy lifestyle has a significant impact on the improvement of your health in the short term. You'll have more vitality, more energy, and better physical performance. It will be for this reason that every day more and more elite athletes taken living the paleo lifestyle (among many others, Jonas Colting, winner of the triathlon world; Simon Whitfield, olympic medalist; LeBron James, NBA player).
What is recommended if you are pregnant?
Of course. If in a normal situation it is advisable, the more so when at stake is the future health of a child. During pregnancy begins the genetic programming of the new life, and one of the key factors of the environment will be the power of the mother.
Do I have to count calories?
No, never. The human being has not evolved in counting calories. The basic rule is to eat when you are hungry, and eat to satiety without fear. The problem of overweight and obesity are the processed products, which are designed to activate the pleasure centres of the brain, and fool the control and regulation of satiety.
What can I eat breakfast?
The same foods that in any other food. The breakfast is a meal more, it makes no sense that we differentiate from the rest. The food industry is the responsible of creating new habits artificial in their own benefit.
Do you eat cereal?
No, they are not necessary. Grains appeared in our life just 10,000 years ago, when we began to cultivate the earth, after 2.5 million years of being hunters and gatherers. Less than 1% of our period of evolution we have lived with the cereal. We have evolved to what we are today without the need of cereals.
Why, then, are at the base of the pyramid of power classic?
That decision, like many other decisions related to nutrition, is taken from the point of view of the particular interests of the food industry, not from the point of view of health. The base of the pyramid of food should be fruits and vegetables.
How many eggs is recommended to eat a week?
This is the million dollar question. The egg has been one of the foods unfairly treated by your relationship with the levels of cholesterol in blood and cardiovascular diseases. But you already know that is not the case. It is more, it is now considered a super food due to its content in vitamins, proteins, and intake of Omega-3. Eat between 1 and 3 eggs per day is within the range of reasonable and good for the health, although there are real cases of intakes of amounts much higher than with analytical normal.
Is there scientific evidence to support the paleo diet, or diet evolutionary?
Yes, it is. There are numerous published studies that support the nutritional model evolutionary or paleo. If you are interested in any of the study in particular please contact with us and we will be happy to send you such information.
Where do I start? What steps I have to follow?