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