I went Paleo and this is what happened to my body

There are plenty of diets out there, and a lot of studies have been done about them. Some of them are trendy, meaning they get popular for a while and then they fade away. However, I have been hearing a lot about this “Paleo” Diet, where almost everyone that’s doing it is making sure that people know that they are doing it.

About three years ago, I moved to a new country. I had friends there and was staying with them until I find an apartment to rent. They were both super healthy and into intense sports (they introduced me to CrossFit). A week later, one of them suggested that we should all start doing the Paleo Diet and coupled with our healthy lifestyle and CrossFit workout, we will have the perfect bodies for the summer. First thing that came to my mind, what is this Paleo Diet? –I have never even heard of this word before!

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Paleo is a short term for Paleolithic, which is a pre historic period or era of human history that lasted from 2.6 million years ago to about 12,000 years ago. The Paleo Diet follows what the humans used to eat or what was available during that time. It is also known as being called the caveman diet; which was the caveman used to hunt and eat.

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf

My first question was what should I eat and what should I not eat?

Okay to eat under the Paleo Diet:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables (except for potatoes and corn)
  • Lean Meats (grass-fed)
  • Seafood/fish
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and Seeds (except for peanuts)
  • Healthy fats and oils

Avoid under the Paleo Diet:

  • Dairy products
  • Grains
  • Processed food and sugars
  • Legumes (soy products included)
  • Starches
  • Alcohol

It was a huge transition from my normal diet to the Paleo Diet. I had to substitute sugar with honey, regular milk with almond or coconut milk, and I cut out all sauces because they generally include sugar. I also had to eliminate rice and pastas and substituted them with cauliflower rice, quinoa and spaghetti squash. I have to admit, it was very hard at the beginning and I had to be super creative with what I ate, or otherwise I got bored!

However, getting used to this kind of healthy eating made me feel better physically and my digestive system felt better as well. Additionally, the workout that I was doing was definitely paying off! I was able to see results much faster.

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Other than physical results, the Paleo Diet has many health benefits:

  • It stabilizes blood sugar
  • It helps burn off stored fat
  • It helps in reducing allergies
  • It improves sleep patterns
  • It helps clear the skin
  • It decreases getting bloated

I have to admit, after being on a strict Paleo Diet for over 2 months, I felt a huge difference, I was very happy with what I was eating and what I was putting in my body– I recommend everyone to give it a try! If you are not sure about what to eat and not eat, there are plenty of online resources and recipes to help you with your transition. If you’d like to make the transition much easier and faster, make sure to check out one of our chefs at ChefXChange, they will definitely cater to all your dietary needs.