Our lifestyles have changed in many ways, from those of our ancestors, and not all of these changes have been for the best. It is not uncommon today for us to look and feel bloated around our stomachs, have puffy eyes and skin rashes. Experts say that these conditions can be traced back to our lifestyle and is an indication that your body is passively dying. You are putting on weight like crazy and get sick more often.
So your next question is what can you do about this?
One simple way to transform your body is to pay close attention to the foods that you eat. Think about how our ancestors ate – they were known as hunters and gatherers. This meant that they foraged the countryside for food, in the form of game and plants. Today most of us would recognize this diet as being called the Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet is based on survival science and historical evidence. It proposes a radical yet proven effective solution to modern man’s ailments and deteriorated physical condition.
Looking back on the evolution of man, over thousands of years, people had to really work to survive, with just the basics, and they fought in a never ending battle with nature. The upside to this is that their bodies were always working and moving. Not sitting in front of a computer screen while at work, and then going home to watch TV. No wonder the health of the general population has declined so significantly.
The basis of the Paleo Diet is that you want to consume foods that are found in a natural state, as much as possible. You avoid any foods that contain chemicals, or come in handy pre-packaged form.
By sticking to natural foods your body can effectively remove toxins, and increase conversion of fat for energy. This results in your body utilizing nutrients in a beneficial way. Your body is less stressed out and you will become leaner, stronger and healthier.
Some followers of the Paleo Diet take it one step further by only eating one main meal at night time. During the day they graze on light meals. This is based on the fact that our ancestors spent most of the day hunting, so they really didn’t have much time to eat until they returned home from the hunt.
You could adapt this into your lifestyle by eating smaller amounts of food during the day. Instead of eating a large breakfast, which many people don’t like to do anyway. You could just eat a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit. Then later on snack on veggies or a slice of meat. This might be an idea that you would want to research further.
Of course it is easier to eat natural foods when your choices are limited, as our ancestors did. Today we have so many choices when it comes to food that it is easy to just pick up a pre-packaged dinner. Instead of going home and cooking something from scratch.
Today going grocery shopping is more complicated than ever before. You should be reading ingredients and avoiding chemical laden foods as much as possible. Sometimes even our ‘fresh’ foods don’t always look that fresh. Try buying your produce from a local farmer’s market if you have one in your area.
Foods that you want to include in your diet include chemical free meats and fish, vegetables, sprouted legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs and dairy products from grass fed animals.
It’s time to stop and take a good look at your diet. Think back to how your grandparents ate. They probably grew more of their own vegetables and had a home cooked dinner each night. If they can do it, why not you? Start preparing healthy soups and stews that can be reheated and used for more than one meal.
The concept of the Paleo Diet is to try and reintroduce the eating patterns of our ancestors into our present day world. Aim to include as many natural foods into your meals as possible and save your largest meal for the evening. When you can sit down with your family and share the day’s events.
Try to add more exercise into your routine as well. This can include going for an evening walk or bike ride with your family. Or enjoying a summer time swim at your local beach.
When you begin to incorporate the methods of the Paleo Diet into your lifestyle you will improve your appearance by reducing those puffy eyes, losing weight and toning your muscles. Plus you will increase your energy, sleep better and just enjoy life for the better. Doesn’t that sound like fun?