The world has witnessed a wave of chronic and devastating diseases such as Type 2 diabetes sweep through humanity more than ever before, and South Africa is no exception. Owing to our busy modern lifestyles, people just don’t have the time to prepare balanced healthy meals anymore. Experts believe that a combination of environmental toxins, unhealthy food choices and sedentary modern lifestyle habits have all played a part in the rise in diabetes, chronic diseases and obesity. With all this talk about going back to our roots to avoid modern-day diseases – could the diet of our cavemen ancestors help keep diabetes under control?
About the Paleo Diet
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease caused by our modern lifestyles, and the Paleo diet offers people a choice to choose a healthy lifestyle that supports your body, instead of poisoning it. Derived from the Palaeolithic era, the Paleo diet mimics what our stone-age ancestors ate way back thousands of years ago. Also known as the caveman diet or the hunter-gatherer diet, the Paleo diet is very strict about the foods you eat. It is basically a healthy low carbohydrate and a high protein diet based on fresh plants and unprocessed meats high in vitamins and minerals.
Paleo Diet Food List
Based on the evidence that cavemen did not suffer from the same degenerative diseases as we do now, the Paleo diet is all about eating animals and plants straight from a non-genetically changed and pesticide free earth just like they did. A diet rich in all things natural and organic – eating Paleo means eating foods such as grass-fed meats, eggs, fruit, vegetables, salad leaves, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, and healthy fats and oils, such as coconut oil, avocado, olive and flaxseed oil.
Foods to avoid would be salt (except Himalayan), soda drinks, refined and artificial sugars, potatoes, pasta, wheat, grains and legumes, dairy (unless grass fed or unpasteurized), trans fats, margarine and vegetable oils. Sometimes, better health means that weight loss is vital and the Paleo diet can extend or save your life. Here are only a few of the incredible health benefits of the Paleo diet.
• Strengthens the immune system
• Aids digestion and gut health
• Clears acne and gives a shine to hair
• Betters blood glucose control
• Fuels energy and mental clarity
• Rids bloating and gas
• Increases insulin sensitivity and lipid profiles
• Improves mood, hormones and sleep
• Reduces depression and anxiety
• Increases the absorption of vitamins and minerals
• Lessens the glycaemic load
• Lowers risk of heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure
• Promotes muscle growth and fitness
• Diminishes allergies and skin diseases
• Supports noticeable weight loss
Your health is all you have, don’t compromise it!