The Paleo Diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong, and energetic. Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones, and optimal immune function.
Health Benefits of a Paleo Diet
Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes, and neurological decline.
Autoimmunity is a process in which our body’s own immune system attacks “us.” Normally the immune system protects us from bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections. The immune system identifies a foreign invader, attacks it, and ideally clears the infection.
A good analogy for autoimmunity is the case of tissue rejection after organ donation. If someone requires a new heart, lung kidney, or liver due to disease or injury, a donor organ may be an option. The first step in this process is trying to find a tissue “match”.
All of us have molecules in our tissues that our immune system uses to recognize ourselves from non-self. If a donated organ is not close enough to the recipient in tissue type the immune system will attack and destroy the organ.
In autoimmunity, a similar process occurs in that an individual’s own tissue is confused as something foreign and the immune system attacks this “mislabeled” tissue.
Common forms of autoimmunity include Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Vitiligo to name only a tiny fraction of autoimmune diseases. Elements of autoimmunity are likely at play in conditions as seemingly unrelated as Schizophrenia, infertility, and various forms of cancer.
A Healthy Paleo Diet Guidelines
- Eliminate dairy products other than butter and maybe heavy cream. You don’t need dairy, but if you can’t live without it, read this article and consider raw, full-fat, and/or fermented dairy.
- Eliminate added sugar, soft drinks, all packaged sweets and juices (including fruit juices). As a rule of thumb, if it’s in a box, don’t eat it. At the grocery store, visit primarily the meat, fish, and produce sections
- Cut out all cereal grains and legumes from your diet. This includes, but is not limited to, wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, brown rice, soy, peanuts, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, and black-eyed peas.
- Preferably choose pasture-raised and grass-fed meat from local, environmentally conscious farms. If not possible, choose lean cuts of meat and supplement your fat with coconut oil, butter, or clarified butter. Also preferably choose organic, local, and/or seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Eat generous amounts of fresh or frozen vegetables either cooked or raw and served with fat. Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams are also great as a source of non-toxic carbohydrates.
- Eat low to moderate amounts of fruits and nuts. Try to eat mostly fruits low in sugar and high in antioxidants like berries as well as nuts high in omega-3, low in omega-6, and low in total polyunsaturated fat like macadamia nuts. Consider cutting off fruits and nuts altogether if you have an autoimmune disease, digestive problems, or are trying to lose weight faster.
- Eat good amounts of animal protein. This includes red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, organs,wild-caught fish, and shellfish. Don’t be scared to eat the fatty cuts and all meals with proteins should contain fat as well. Learn to cook with bones in the form of stocks and broths.
- Eat generous amounts of saturated fats like coconut oil and butter or clarified butter. Beef tallow, lard, and duck fat are also good, but only if they come from healthy and well-treated animals. Beef or lamb tallow is a better choice than lamb or duck fat. Olive, avocado, and macadamia oil are also good fats to use in salads and to drizzle over food, but not for cooking.