Let’s clear up the confusions with the paleo diet.
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While it got a lot of people off of processed carbs, there are some odd ideas of what should comprise the paleo diet. Primitive man’s diet depended on where he lived and what food was accessible. Seal meat, whale blubber, nuts and cow blood were on the menu, relative to what could be found. The goals were preventing starvation and avoiding chronic disease. This diet isn’t for everyone. No diet is.
There are several factors built into our survival instincts to avoid starvation.
- We’re omnivores, so it’s easier for us to find food. Our bodies can process both meat and plants.
- We can also create sweets to give us energy to forage. We can taste the sweetness in plants and know that we’ll have the fuel to make it another day.
- We overeat so we don’t starve later. Our tribal instincts are to gorge ourselves and store fat, because primitive man didn’t have a refrigerator or canning equipment.
- Inflammation used to help the body fight off infection.
The best diet for you includes a variety of foods that promote your best survival. A vegan diet may work for your best friend, but you may require animal protein so your hair doesn’t fall out. Lab testing will help determine the efficacy of your diet.
Listen as Dr. Ben Weitz joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how you can discover the right nutrition plan for your body.
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