Is a Paleo diet healthy?
There are hundreds of diets attempting to teach us how to live healthy lives, long lives and lives that keep us active.
Before we answer if it’s healthy, we need to learn exactly what a Paleo diet is.
The thought of so many diets, can make your head spin.
Paleo simply means old or ancient. The Paleo diet means eating the way people ate in the ‘stone age’. Yeah, I hear you. Who wants to eat a Mastodon?
Actually, it has only been since the early years of the last century that processing of foods has created our problem. The problem of losing the vitamins and nutrients we need while adding the additives that actually promote poor health. I guess you can call it the ‘perfect storm.’
What’s In A Paleo Diet?
If you want to keep it simple, think in these terms.
If you can hunt it, it’s a natural food. If it’s found growing wild, it’s paleo. If you catch it naturally in the sea or lake, it’s good. (Cavemen were hunters and gatherers)
The point of Paleo is to avoid the ‘not’ natural foods such as processed foods, refined sugars and grains.
Stuff That’s out
- Refined sugar and grains (cereal grains)
- Dairy (This can get complicated – I don’t have the space to tell the story here)
- Refined Sugars
- Processed foods
- Legumes (Stuff that has a shell, peanuts, peas and beans)
- Potatoes (Again, its complicated. Sweet potatoes are in, white potatoes,out)
- Overly salted foods
- Refined vegetable oils (Olive oil is in)
- Junk foods including candy. (This means potato chips are out for the 3rd time)
Stuff That’s In
- Grass fed meats
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- Certain oils (healthy includes olive and coconut oils)
- Nuts (not peanuts)
- Seeds (good news for baseball players)
So What Are We Suppose To Do?
First, this not a law. There are no regulations that command you to follow the tenants of a strict Paleo diet. An example is the subject of dairy products. It’s confusing. You need a score card to follow it.
Eat what you deem best. If Paleo looks right, great. Want to stray a little, I’m good with that.
Do what you believe is right for your personal health and lifestyle. Do what best assures you Healthy living? That’s the focus of Living Healthy After 60.
As always, if you have special health challenges, talk to your doctor before beginning something new.
As I looked for valuable information on the subject of Paleo diets I found this book. Practical Paleo. Available at Amazon.com. It is the highest ranked Paleo book and is in the top 50 for all diet books. Click the link below. Read the reviews. There are over 2,000. It has 4.5 Stars out of 5.
I decided to check out a good cook book on Paleo cooking. I found this one.The Frugal Paleo Cookbook.
As always, if you have some thoughts or want to join the conversation on Paleo, leave a comment in the section below. Do well, stay healthy. Let the years after 60 truly be your Golden Years, Robert.