You’re walking through the frozen food aisle of your store when you peak at a new buzzword on some of the boxes “PALEO-FRIENDLY.” You think to yourself it must just be another fad like Atkins or Keto. However, you start to hear Paleo’s rumblings among your family and friends before you decide it’s time to look up what it really is.
What Is Paleo?
Paleo is short for “Paleolithic.” The Paleolithic era started about two and a half million years ago and ended around the time of early humans. If you want to make it easier for you to understand, the paleo diet is basically everything early humans could hunt and gather. They didn’t have microwaves, stoves, or ovens back then. They didn’t have cooking shows to show them the proper way to slow-cook a roast. They just had the meats, fruits, fish, vegetables, and nuts they hunted for or gathered.
Why Do Paleo?
The thought process behind the paleo diet is that humans haven’t evolved much. We might live in modern times, but our bodies haven’t evolved to acclimate to more modern diets. We’re still in an evolutionary limbo where our bodies would be better off if we ate as if we haven’t evolved from early humans. That means we don’t eat dairy, because early humans didn’t know how to milk cows for butter at that point. We avoid processed foods because they also didn’t know how to process food, and we try to eat as naturally as possible.
If you close your eyes and think about what early humans would have eaten, that’s paleo. You don’t have to put a lot of thought process into this diet as you would with other ones. However, there is potential to lose weight with this diet and avoid health complications of consuming processed foods because everything is natural, emphasizing fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, we are not in a time where we can go pick fruits and vegetables or hunt giant wooly mammoths anymore, so the paleo diet can be a little pricier if you’re going natural and organic.