The humans’ fight to increase quality of life free from as many illnesses or, at least free from terminal ones, is unending. From the moment we could hunt and cook our own meat to the day where we had different people who raise, cut, sell, and cook our food for us.
The world has evolved. We believe we have evolved and so we believe that how we eat and live should evolve.
But, is that so? Life expectancy has increased, but on the other hand, our long life expectancy will be accompanied with increasing number of diseases and cancers. Is evolving really the way? Is going ahead of what our body allows really okay?
The Paleo Diet bases its idea from this. We should eat what we used to eat, the way our ancestors lived their life free of various diseases that we come up with. Cardiovascular problems arise significantly in the western countries as people develop and modifiy their food more and more.
We need to stop and return to what and how our ancestors used to eat.
Technically, Health confirms that there is no founder or any medical statistic to base this theory on. However, non-expert individuals across the world have found the argument to be strong enough to reason our problems today.
Nature is the key
Or at least, that is how the case is in most paleo diet. Since it depends on your ancestors, as Healthline says, there is no one right way to do it. Though, most of them usually livde moving around or are usually called nomads, they have considerably enough amount of exercises from the moving around done daily.
Usually the male hunts and the female gathers; they never had long enough time to grow many crops and move when food starts to dwindle.
Their diet comprises of meat, vegetables and fruits all free from processing except natural cooking processes and dairy products. Recently, more experts are agreeing on heavy green vege intake vs meat intake, collectiveevolution reports.
The research is also based on multiple observations done on chimpanzees, an ape species that experts believe to pose the most similar characteristics to us including in terms of digestive system.
Most chimpanzees consume leaves and vegetables, medium fruits and very little mammal meat. Vegetable is rich in nutrients and fiber, fruits are also the same but contain more sugar than vegetables and finally meat may contain protein but it is also one to quickly rot.
Holding fast to the principle
The Paleo diet if followed strictly will delete all fast food and processed food from your diet. This includes snacks, commercially sold sweets, all beverages that have gone through factory processes.
If you scan through lists of ingredients and spot one thing that is not originally of this earth and was somehow altered chemically, then that food should never be consumed at all.
Meat consumption can be as strict to how stocks were raised. Caged animals were shown to have a higher stress level than those that were let to roam free during their life.
So, choosing your meat might pose to be more troublesome than you thought.
Vegetables should also be raised as if they were raised next to your home free of pesticide and hormones sprayed all over them.
If the slightest chemicals are found, it should not be in your paleo diet. Organic products are your best options.
Eating your vegie raw is also recommended in paleo. After cleaning them off the dusts and possible pollutants and chemicals, serving them raw with a little dressing of olive oil is an example of the typical diet a caveman would have.
Though those are the basics of paleo diet, many have modified their own paleo diet into accepting certain food in their diet. For example, livestrong reported on how Japan and Korea both have some of the highest number of stomach cancer or other digestive system related cancer.
If you watch closely to their diet, their rate of raw seafood consumption is pretty high, rendering them easily contaminated with bacteria that could have been eliminated by properly cooking the meat.
Some paleo diet followers have advised against consuming raw meat as it may pose dangers to consuming the bacteria together with it. Some vegetables are also commonly infested with worms and other creatures that live on and in the vegetables.
For vegetables, though, it is easier to clean if you pay attention on the stalks by cutting them small enough to remove if you see any dangerous insects lying in there.
You can also dip them for tens of minutes in vinegar mixed with lemon water to remove possible pesticides and insects.