The paleolithic lifestyle isn’t really a diet, although some might call it the “paleo diet.” Instead it’s more of a nutritional lifestyle that will make you healthier. It will help you lose weight, lower body fat, reduce cholesterol, and help fight against diabetes and cancer.
The paleo lifestyle is based off of eating what our ancestors ate. Even thought they spent most of their time looking for and hunting their food, they were still eating a lot better than most of us today. Doing all that they also got more exercise than most people today too. Today’s diet for many people is toxic.
Before the domestication of animals and the agricultural period, Paleolithic people were forced to survive off the land. The wild game was their main source of protein, and they got other vitamins and minerals through fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. What they did not have was any sort of grains, cooked legumes, or milk past weaning. They spent their lives gathering and hunting their food. Because of this, they were free from the diet-based health problems many people today have.
Even today in remote parts of the world, there are still tribes of people that are hunter-gatherers. They live off the land in a similar fashion to our ancestors. These tribes of people are practically free from most of the common health problems of our generation today: cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
With the rise of the agricultural period, issues of tooth decay and iron deficiencies started to rise. The hunter-gatherers didn’t have these issues. So why is it that they are healthier than the rest of us when they lacked modern medicine, modern shelter, or other modern conveniences? They don’t have refrigerators to keep food for longer periods of time, and their genes aren’t any different from the rest of us. It’s because of their diet.
These days, you don’t have to worry about hunting, fishing, and gardening to follow the Paleolithic diet. Although if you like doing those things, go right ahead, you might even save some money. The first things you need to learn is which foods are considered paleo. Switching over to a paleo diet doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many recipes that most people are familiar with that can be converted into a paleo meal by substituting some ingredients. For example, spaghetti squash can be used in place of pasta.