What is the paleo diet?
The paleo diet is a nutritional model based on the evolution and the foods of vegetal and animal origin that consumed our ancestors, mainly: vegetables, meats, fish, seafood, eggs, fruits, seeds and nuts. In moderation, dairy products, legumes and cereals. And it excludes any kind of processed product and sugar.
Do I have to eat like a Paleolithic Homo?
Not at all. It is simply about applying the lifestyle of our ancestors taking advantage of the possibilities offered by our current environment. Consume foods closer to their source better, give preference to organic products and avoid at any cost any industrial or processed food product. Easy, right?
Do you have any side effects?
Yes, definitely. Do not forget that we are what we eat. Adopting a healthier lifestyle has a significant impact on improving your health in the short term. You will have more vitality, more energy and better physical performance. That is why more and more elite athletes adopt the Paleo lifestyle (among many others, Jonas Colting, triathlon world champion, Simon Whitfield, Olympic medalist, NBA player LeBron James).
Is it advisable if you are pregnant?
Of course. If in a normal situation is advisable, with more reason when the future health of a child is at stake. During pregnancy the genetic programming of the new life begins, and one of the key factors of the environment will be the feeding of the mother.
Do I have to count calories?
Never. The human being has not evolved by counting calories. The basic rule is eat when you are hungry, and eat to the satiety without fear. The problem of overweight and obesity are processed products, which are designed to activate the centers of pleasure in the brain, and to deceive the control and regulation of satiety.
What can I have for breakfast?
Same foods as any other food. Breakfast is one more meal, it makes no sense to differentiate it from the rest. The food industry is responsible for creating new artificial habits for their own benefit.
Should we eat cereals?
No, they are not necessary. Cereals appeared in our lives only 10,000 years ago, when we began to cultivate the earth, after 2.5 million years of being hunters and gatherers. Less than 1% of our evolution period has coexisted with cereals. We have evolved into what we are today without the need for cereals.
So why are they at the base of the classic food pyramid?
That decision, like many other decisions related to nutrition, is taken from the point of view of the particular interests of the food industry, not from the point of view of health. The basis of the food pyramid should be fruits and vegetables.
How many eggs is recommended to eat a week?
This is the one million question. Egg has been one of the foods unfairly treated for its relationship with blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular diseases. But you know that it is not so. What's more, it is now considered a super food because of its content in vitamins, proteins and Omega 3 intake. Eating between 1 and 3 eggs a day comes within reason and good for health, although there are real cases of very high intakes With normal analytics.
Is there scientific evidence to support the paleo diet or evolutionary diet?
Yes it is. There are numerous published studies that support the evolutionary or paleo nutritional model. If you are interested in any specific study contact us and we will be happy to send you this information.