There is plenty of advice out there for anyone wishing to start a balanced diet plan, with information and recipes for all variety of balanced diet food. Living Well have some excellent tips and ideas for anyone interested in primal living amongst other things.
What is Primal Living?
Primal living, for anyone not familiar with the term, is basically a diet and exercise regime which is based on eating food that would have been akin to that which our ancestors ate, with no processed products. If it could be hunted or gathered then it would have been part of the diet. Also, primal living encourages participants to spend time and exercise outdoors, in nature.
The Paleo Diet and Primal Living
Exponents of primal living will point out that the Paleo Diet, one of the key elements of primal living, is just that – a key element, but not the be all and end all of primal living. If you want a simple definition of what a Paleo Diet looks like, think of the caveman and his diet, if he couldn’t eat it, neither should you. One of the issues that brings is that some of what we might consider as part of our basic food intake, things like bread and milk or even pasta, would not be considered true Paleo Diet foods. It’s probably true to say some pragmatism is required on some points of the Paleo Diet.
That said, with the popularity of the Paleo Diet at the moment, there are plenty of different types of food that can be considered true Paleo. This would include meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and greens as well as anything else that can be got from the surroundings.
Benefits of Paleo Food
Paleo food is extremely nutritious, being full of amino acid, vitamins, minerals and much more. These elements are great for muscle mass, fat loss, sleep, energy levels and even your IQ. All of those body functions thrive on the types of things Paleo food provides. If we compare that to the typical food found in the modern diet, processed food, sugar and non-productive calories, we can say that the elements much of these products contain provide little that our body can use to its benefit. Even low fat diets become useless, removing the nutritious elements our body actually needs.Whilst our body can, and will, continue to keep going with a modern food diet, it will not be healthy – skin and hair quality will deteriorate, energy levels will go down as stress levels go up. Your body will simply not be getting the fuel it thrives on.
Fuel for our Body
As previously stated, the Paleo Diet is not primal living in itself, but it certainly is a key element in the primal living ethos. The basic requirement of any machine, which the body ultimately is, is fuel and the food we eat is our fuel.
If you are interested in primal living and would like to know more, take a look at Living Well for some great information and advice.