The simplest reason as to why people go Paleo is that within just a few weeks you look and feel better than you have since, like, you were born. Fatigue is replaced with stable day-long energy. Excess weight begins to melt away. Joint pain reduces, or disappears. Skin glows, hair shines, fingernails grow strong. People comment on how good you are looking and your self esteem soars. And the blood tests, for those who need the science, reveal a human being who is back on track to achieving optimum health.
Pharmaceuticals are pushed to the back of the cupboard. It is that good. It makes you happy!
The Paleo Diet and Lifestyle is informed by and respects the genetic patterns of our DNA, and this is why it works. Our DNA evolved during the 2 million odd years of the Paleolithic period, and since then has not changed much at all. We are 21st Century humans living in a Stone Age body.
Our biology – our digestive and immune systems, our neurological pathways, our nervous system – the whole integrated, operative organism is wired to thrive with the same input of nutrients, physical movement, rest and socialization that was the norm during the Paleolithic period. The global health crisis that we are observing today is a result of having moved so far away from where we have come from. The amazing thing about our DNA is that, within a relatively short time, the body reverts back to how it was meant to be: slim, strong, and stress free.
The uninformed and the sceptics will argue the point. They will say, ‘Yeah, right. But the average lifespan of the Paleo human was, like, 35.’
They’re right. But they’re right for the wrong reason. The average Paleo human did not die young because of ill-health, but simply because times were tough. Those things that we consider to be the basis of stability – shelter, clothing, and food – were in short supple. Predators were happy to have a human for lunch. There were no antibiotics or hospitals, let alone soap and hot water. If you broke an arm or developed an infection or had a difficult childbirth, it was all over. People died young, which means that – as with every other living organism on the planet – only the strongest, the smartest and those best adapted to the environment lived long enough to reproduce and transmit their genes.
When you think about the environmental conditions, it’s amazing that we managed to survive at all. But we did, and we evolved from homo erectus to homo sapiens. Not only this, but we somehow climbed our way to the very apex of the food chain. No mean feat.
Like the Paleo human, we are at our best when living close to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Lots of gentle walking, as when we foraged for our food. Short and fast bursts of energy, such as hunting prey or escaping predators. And lots of lazy time, hanging out in company, resting. That’s what we were made for.
The contemporay Paleo lifestyle is about re-claiming the nutrition and conditions in which we thrive. Doing away with all those refined foodstuffs which damage our biology. Learning how to say No, so that we work a little less, and relax a lot more. Being informed, so we can make educated choices. And absolutely, every day, loving how we look and how we feel.
The added bonus? You only have to look around the internet and social media to find people everywhere who are testimony to this one big gleaming fact – Paleo is Fun. We’re not talking deprivation or limitation here – on the contrary. We eat like kings, and we have so much energy for doing the things we love. We prioritise time with family and friends, and relax a lot, preferable in our hammocks, lazy as a sloths, nothing to do but follow the breath cycle, inhale and exhale, and listen to birdsong.
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Best Wishes, Good Health