What is Paleo?!

154.7 million Americans are overweight or obese.

The top causes of death in America are as follows:

—Heart disease: 597,689
—Cancer: 574,743
—Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
—Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
—Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
—Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
—Diabetes: 69,071
(SOURCE: —The center for disease control.)
 

But we never use to be so overweight and obese. We use to be lean and muscular.

What is Paleo?

  • —According to professor Loren Cordain, Paleolithic ancestors are those who lived 750,000 to 10,000 years ago.
  • —They hunted their food and gathered their food.
  • —It is suggested that this diet was the healthiest and the one we are most genetically adapted to consume.
 
(SOURCE: I got this picture from here.)
 
Why Should I care what I eat?
 
—“It is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.” Robb Wolf, biochemist.
 
(SOURCE: I got this picture here.)
 
  • —Humans back then were lean, tall, muscular, agile, and versatile.
  • —Humans now are sleep deprived, overweight, stressed, and dying from preventable disease!
  • —The agricultural revolution led to overconsumption of grains which led to overweight and obese Americans.

As explained by Robb Wolf, picture a 100-yard football field.

The first 99.5 yards are all the time Homo-sapiens have spent hunting and gathering. The last 0.5 yards are Homo-sapiens after the agricultural revolution.

Our diets have dramatically shifted, but our genetics have not changed!

 
**Our ancestors had: No cardiovascular disease, no type II diabetes, no coronary heart disease!**
 
(SOURCE: I got this photo from here! and here!)
 
You can compare our ancestor’s pyramid to our modern pyramid and see how dramatically our diets have shifted!
 
A bit of Science…
 
  • —Grains turn into sugar or glucose.
  • —Any glucose that isn’t used is turned into fat.
  • —Our bodies are not made to handle such a large influx of sugar!
  • —Storage for carbs is limited but fat stores are unlimited!
  • — ”Sugar causes an energy spike and crash in your system, turns to fat unless it’s used immediately, and wreaks all kind of havoc on our bodies.” Mark Sisson.

Gluten and Lectin

  • —Grains also contain gluten.
  • Gluten is a protein in rye, barely, and wheat.
     
  • —About 83% of the population develops observable gut inflammation after eating wheat gluten (Bernardo et al., 2007).
  • —Lectins are toxins in grains that the grains have developed to keep us from eating them! Lectins cause damage to the gut by making little holes in the intestine.

DISEASES REVERSED

  • —Numerous studies have proven we can reverse these killer diseases!
  • —You can reverse and prevent diseases just by avoiding: grains, sugar and processed foods.
  • —You can fill your diet with meat, fish, vegetables, starchy tubers (potatoes), healthy fats, fruits, nuts and berries.
  • —Our bodies are efficient and will turn to burning fat for fuel!

Albert Einstein sums it up best, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

 

❤ fitgirlfab

How my Diet kept me from my best!

Hey Fit Fam !

I do not have time to write a full post today, but I’ve made time to tell a quick story!

You could call this story an introduction to my next post… I’ll be delving further into my diet and why/how I choose to eat “Paleo“.

All my life I’ve had this awful pain in around my lower right medial soleus or along the medial side of my tibia. It would subside only when I would stop running for a few weeks. If I tried to run it would hurt SO bad. The only type of cardio I could do was biking and the elliptical–even the stair master hurt sometimes!

(SOURCE: This image came from this website)

I was angry. I was frustrated. I just wanted to be able to run pain free.

I had tried every option possible. I had custom made orthotics, I tried stretches, and I even did some physical therapy–NOTHING worked!

 

I began eating a paleo diet. A paleo diet mostly consists of vegetables (but no legumes or lentils), minimal fruit, nuts, seeds, fats (coconut, avocado, olive oil, walnut oil, some nuts, and other healthy sources), and lots of grass-fed or wild caught protein sources.

(SOURCE: this image came from this website.)

Within 1 week of starting the new way of life, my leg pain had dramatically subsided. Within 2 weeks of the diet, my pain was almost gone, and by week 3 I had NO PAIN and NO need for my custom made, EXPENSIVE, orthotics!!

I could not believe that my diet was what was causing a pain in my lower leg! How was that even possible?

What you eat REALLY does affect every. single. cell. in your body.

Maybe I was allergic to gluten? Maybe I had leaky-gut syndrome? Maybe I was eating too many carbohydrates that were causing inflammation? Maybe all of these were combining together? –I’m still not exactly sure what exactly went down biochemically in my body. I do know, however, that I feel better than I’ve ever felt following the paleo diet.

I assume something of this sort went down: grains cause little holes to form in your intestinal lining–this is called “leaky gut”. My intestines were inflamed and leaky after years of dealing with IBS (which btw has also been eradicated by this new diet!), wheat or gluten proteins were seeping through my intestinal lining into my blood stream and causing my body to attack these proteins as foreign invaders. (My problem surfaced in my leg, but some people have inflammatory responses in other bodily organs–it just all depends! But any inflammatory response in the body is your body enacting your immune system to kill “foreign invaders”.) –Sorry if that is confusing; I’ll better explain this in my next post. 

I have more energy, strength, stamina, and just about never get sick. I am pain free and can run for the first time in years. I thank God every single day that I found out about the paleo diet and gave it a shot!

(SOURCE: This image came from this website.)

I’ll be explaining more about paleo in my next post, but if you’re too impatient check out Robb Wolf’s website here, and give paleo a shot for 30 days to see how you feel! Who knows, maybe that pain in your arm or stomach or leg or anywhere will disappear?

You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!!! 🙂

God Bless!

fitgirlfab ❤