Paleo Diet

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Paleo diet refers to eating like our Paleolithic ancestors did, back when we lived in caves and our sole purpose day by day was just to survive! Eating wild plants, nuts and lean meat from wild animals was the norm, everything was organic and reared how nature intended, and modern foods like dairy products, grains and refined sugars weren’t available.

It is believed that our ancestors ate this way for almost 2.5 million years, gradually abandoning this diet ten thousand years ago when agriculture advanced and animals became domesticated. However, our bodies have not completely adapted to our modern eating habits which include processed foods and place our metabolism and digestive health under pressure. This is believed to be one of the reasons for a worldwide increase in heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

The Paleo diet is a great way to improve health and body composition – research even points towards a promising result in regards to the reduced risk of certain cancers in those following the Paleo diet. Benefits also include better energy levels, improved skin and cell function, and more lean muscle tissue.

The Paleo protocol daily calories consist of up to 35 per cent of lean animal protein, 45 per cent of non-starchy vegetables and fruits and 20 per cent from nuts and berries. Enjoy the results!

Matthew Barrett is a personal trainer at FitnessPro, based at Monmouth Leisure Centre

Old Dixton Road, Monmouth NP25 3DP

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Matthew Barrett is a personal trainer, nutritionist and strength coach at FitnessPro, Monmouth.
Tel: 07933 383 604

One Response to "Paleo Diet"
  1. After Christmas, I decided to do a detox. I stopped eating sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine and anything processed. I took a liver support that is organically sourced – metagenics ultra plus ph – twice a day and followed their eating plan, making a decision to stick with it for at least 3 weeks.

    The first week was a challenge. Luckily it was still school holidays so there wasn’t a high level of stress around but I had over indulged on every front over Christmas and the previous year as well.

    I’m now in week 9! I am SO enjoying the “new me” that is emerging every day from clearing my system out. 13lbs have fallen away without any difficulty or effort. I feel lean, fit and healthy in a way I don’t remember feeling for years. When I now see cakes, biscuits and puddings, I have no feelings of hardship or self denial because they simply don’t look edible anymore. They look alarming, fake, ugly and dangerous and my body no longer craves them.

    I do teach yoga ( – which means I have a yoga practice on a daily basis too. This helps my body squeeze and squash, bend and twist the cellular toxins that have been long since stored in my body and expel them.

    While it’s been at times a challenge, I’m realising that I am detoxing my need to control everything too. There is less of me to “hold back the tide” so I’m relinquishing roles I have taken on that were actually unnecessary in the cold light of day. All in all, life is becoming far easier, less stressful, and my body is adjusting to this lovely new way of being with grace and ease.

    I’m very happy for anyone to ask about it if you too want to reclaim your health and vitality – but I just wanted to add support to making a serious dietary change for at least 3 weeks. It takes that long for habits to lose their grip and our resolve and willpower to switch from self harm (cakes, biscuits, sugar) to self love (veg, fruit, nuts, seeds, organic animal protein).

    If you need more convincing against sugar, visit YouTube – “Sugar – The Bitter Truth” – it will help you decide to step away from the very thing that causes more illness worldwide than you can bear to imagine!

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