Pros And Cons Of The Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet is another popular diet among people who are concerned with their health and fitness.  Most likely you’ve heard of it but how much do you really know about it?

Simple Explanation Of The Paleo Diet

The idea behind the Paleo diet is that you eat like your ancestors.  This is meant to help you avoid modern chronic diseases.

What You Eat:

  • Lean meat and pretty much all its parts – organs, bone marrow and cartilage.
  • Fish/seafood.
  • Non-starchy vegetables.
  • Raw nuts and seeds (no peanuts).
  • Plant based oils such as olive, grapeseed, walnut and coconut.

What You Can’t Eat:

  • Grains such as oats, wheat, barley and rice.
  • Starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn.
  • No legumes or beans (peanuts are legumes).
  • Dairy products.
  • Processed foods.

Pros of the Paleo Diet

  • You’ll eliminate processed foods from your diet.
  • The diet is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is basically the root of all disease.
  • You’ll most likely feel fuller since it’s a relatively high protein diet.
  • Limiting food choices makes meal planning somewhat simpler.

Cons of the Paleo Diet

  • Eliminating whole grains and legumes means you might be missing out some good sources of fibre and nutrients.
  • It can be very challenging for vegetarians to follow this type of diet.
  • This is a very restrictive diet and most people aren’t able to stay on something so restrictive for the long term.
  • It can be time consuming and expensive.

Try It Out If You’re Curious

Once again, I can’t stress enough that every body is different and will react differently to different diets.  If the Paleo diet sounds like something you’d like to try go for it.  Just remember a healthy eating plan is one that you can stick to for the long term so make sure you understand the diet before you fully commit to it.