The Paleo Diet: From A Novice Perspective (Part II)
In my article about the Paleo lifestyle, I talked about why imbibing meats and fish works for me. I discussed the differences within the vegan and keto diet and why that did not work for me as well. Things like the cost of food and the constant need to log macronutrients stood out as one of the biggest factors for eliminating those two lifestyles. In part two of the The Paleo Diet: From A Novice Perspective, I want to breakdown the misconceptions individuals have regarding this lifestyle.
For vegans, having to go back to eating meat isn’t an option. Vegans choose this lifestyle for many reasons. While some vegans are seeking to protect animals, other vegans feel that eating meat leads to certain physical diseases such as cancer, heart disease, or high cholesterol. Eating genetically modified foods seems like one of the worst mistakes that a vegan or vegetarian can do. Since all foods are modified in some way, this argument falls flat. From apples to zucchinis, most foods have been genetically engineered at some point. The pesticides that are used to ward off and kill insects frequently come into contact with plant products. Choosing organic products can aid in eating healthy but again that comes with higher cost. Since I am trying to reach as many people as possible, making hard choices such as picking organic versus genetically modified arise. Furthermore, a definite correlation between meat and various diseases have not been confirmed though fanatics would love to claim that to be the case.
Meat leads to heart disease and is fattening, though in many cases, fatty meats tend to be fattening, The point of going the paleo way is to fuel the body with lean and unprocessed meats. Items such as pepperoni, pastrami, and other processed food products are eliminated in this diet. While that does eliminate a lot of carb heavy foods, it allows the body to be nourished with lean beef, fresh chicken, turkey, and so on. These protein rich foods allow the body to feel full faster and therefore eliminate the need for overindulgence. This means that followers of the paleo diet aren’t consuming as much of the meat products as originally imagined. I know that from my personal experience, I eat less than I anticipated. As a result of getting fuller faster, I don’t get overly tempted to snack during the day.
You can’t have carbs on the paleo lifestyle. While carbs aren’t at the forefront of this meal plan, those partaking in the paleo lifestyle can enjoy carbs. Understanding how unnecessary carbs are to feeling full, partakers in the paleo lifestyle may have carbs once a week, month, or even more infrequently. It is important to note that carb lovers should try to ease themselves into this lifestyle instead of trying to cut back carbs cold-turkey. For myself, no carbs are off limits. I do not necessarily have to eat whole grain foods because I know in the end, my main source of sustenance comes from my paleo meals. This lifestyle is worth trying out for those looking for a great way to lose fat.