The Paleo diet: the diet of our ancient ancestors. Or as some would prefer to call it, the Paleo lifestyle because it's much more than a diet. If you haven't heard of it, now you have! It's the latest frenzy, trend, craze, whatever you want to call it, it's currently the biggest thing in nutrition so ears open! Many people have been asking me what I think about the diet that says grains and beans are unhealthy and it's a complicated, multifaceted issue but I will try to sum up a bit of what I think.
Bio-individuality is above all the most important principle when it comes to nutrition. Each person has a unique genetic code, a specific set of needs, a health history like none other. Each person really does have individual requirements when it comes to their health. What is best for one person could literally be the worst for someone else. People need to be assessed and then given recommendations based on their unique bodies needs. This is how I use nutrition in my practice, it's just not as simple as "one fits all". And I learned this the hard way getting personally healed on a raw, vegan diet I thought this was best for everyone and boy was I wrong! That was years ago and I have come to learn of the many different principles that make up bio-individuality since then.
Do I think that a paleo lifestyle is the best thing for some people? YES! Absolutely, I have a number of my clients eating this way and finding they have never felt better! It's great for weight loss, hormone balancing, enhancing brain function, balancing blood sugar and in some cases restoring the gut. There are a number of benefits to eating a paleo diet and I teach on all of them in my classes and seminars. High quality proteins and traditional fats are key practices of mine. Whatever has been done for centuries is generally better than what we're doing now and that is a core value of the paleo lifestyle. I also seek to restore traditional practices to the lives of modern families through my services.
Many traditional cultures used grains and beans in their diets as was discovered by Weston A. Price. The difference between how we eat these foods today and how they were eaten then is preparation. Grains and beans should only be consumed if they are soaked, sprouted or fermented and then fully cooked. And still it's about whether or not the individual can handle these types of carbohydrates. Taking the time to be assessed by a professional and finding out what is right for your body is invaluable. It's worth every penny. Schedule your Personal Health Assessment with certified Nutritionist Dani Rhoades today to find out what's right for you!
And check out the many recipes on Dani's blog that are Paleo friendly:
Home-made Almond Milk
Sauerkraut and Cultured Vegetables
Simple Squash Soup
Slow Roasted Chicken
Bison and Butternut Chili (omit beans)
Beef Chili (omit beans)
Coconut Date Rolls
Cinnamon Spiced Apples