What is Paleo?

Before I get into what this post is about, I’m going to briefly explain what the paleo diet is for those of you who don’t know much about it. The theory behind the paleo diet stems from before we became civilized and settled down, we were hunters and gatherers; we ate what was naturally growing from the ground and what we could catch and kill. We ate only what was necessary to keep us alive and give us energy. Of course we eventually discovered farming and agriculture, raising our own animals, and this eventually turned into what we have today, convenient food where and whenever we want. The problem with today’s food is we’ve introduced new things to our diets, such as dairy products, processed sugars and flours, and toxic chemicals that are additives in some of our favorite snacks. Now you all might understand the processed sugars and flours and the chemicals, but you all might think that I’m wrong about the dairy products. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc are promoted as healthy and something necessary for our diet, when the truth is it’s not. Actually 65% of humans are lactose intolerant, others have some sort of aversion to it (for example it makes me break out in acne on my face), there are few that can drink milk without any problems whatsoever. We are the only living thing that chooses to continue drinking milk after infancy. I digress, the rules to a paleo diet is basically if a caveman didn’t eat it, then I can’t either. That breaks your diet down to all meat (beef, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, fish, ect.), all vegetables (except potatoes), all fruits, and all nuts/seeds. This is a gluten friendly diet, because you have to cut out all grains, pasta’s and breads.

The Experiment and Expectations

I’m conducting an experiment with this diet to see how it’ll really affect a person’s body. My mom, dad, and myself are all going to be trying it for at least 30 days, and after the 30 days are up we will decide if it’s worth sticking to it or not. We will all be using waistline measurements, and our weight to track any results. I won’t be sharing my parent’s numbers until after the 30 days, but as of right now at 5’4″ I weigh 125 lbs and a waistline of 27 inches. My expectations are that I will lose extra belly fat, lean out some more, and hopefully tone up.

My Argument

My argument against this diet is the fact that it cuts out almost all carbs. You’re kind of forced to eat all the carbs that come naturally in vegetables, which means I’m going to need a lot of sweet potatoes (those are allowed for some reason). I’m not a fan of cutting out all grains and breads like that for 2 reasons:

  1. once I’m off this diet and start eating bread again, I’m most likely going to feel bloated, and gain weight.
  2. grains are part of what make you feel full during a meal.

But I’m willing to experiment with a diet to truly see for myself what they can or can’t do for my body. I will update regularly with any results, hardships, and advice I have.

Have any of you tried the paleo diet? Did you like it, why or why not? have any questions about the diet that you’d like answers to? leave comments below!

Thanks for reading, and remember to Live Your Con{FIT}dent You!


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