Today I’m publishing a brand new original infographic providing an overview of the paleo diet and why it’s so good for us! Hope you enjoy – feel free to share and publish the “What Is A Paleo Diet?” infographic on your own blog or website.
When I was first introduced to the paleo way of life (as a result of Whole30), I had several questions. In my research, I decided it’d be fun to create a simple and easy-to-understand overview of what paleo is and why it’s such a healthy and natural diet for humans.
This infographic discusses a number of paleo diet subjects, and we’ll be discussing them further below.
What Is A Paleo Diet?
The paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet or Paleolithic diet, involves eating a natural diet that resembles what our hunter-gather ancestors ate millions of years ago. These are the foods that we were built and designed to eat.
The Theory: The theory behind the paleo diet is that our bodies never adapted to the grain-based diets we began consuming after the agricultural revolution. We now eat tons of processed foods that our bodies simply weren’t designed to digest, resulting in a vast array of health issues.
Paleo focuses around eating plants and animals like our ancestors did.
Foods You Can Eat
Foods you can eat on the paleo diet include:
Foods You Can’t Eat
- Processed foods
- Grains (of all kinds – that includes rice, quinoa, etc)
- Legumes (beans, soy)
- Added sugars
The paleo diet focuses on:
- LESS carbohydrates
- LESS trans fats
- LESS sugar
- MORE protein
- MORE fiber
- MORE good fats
The Dangers of Sugar
Many people don’t realize just how addictive sugar can be. Sugar and other processed foods can turn you into an addict, with some nutritionists reporting that sugar is as addictive as cocaine! In fact, when you first begin cutting sugar out of your diet, you will probably find yourself going through withdrawals (headaches, moodiness, etc).
The pain is worth it though, we promise!
Benefits of a Paleo Diet
Eating paleo has a number of benefits, including:
- more energy
- better eating habits
- weight loss
- better skin
- more restful sleep
- stabilize blood sugar
- reduce allergies
Paleo isn’t just a quick fix diet – it’s a path to establishing a better, more healthy relationship with your food.