Primal Living – a Balanced Diet Plan and Exercise Regimen

Primal Living – a Balanced Diet Plan and Exercise Regimen

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There are two key elements to any successful health plan – a healthy balanced diet plan with balanced diet food and your exercise routine. Primal living bases itself on the basic concept that the food we eat should be natural and akin to that which our ancestors would have eaten – no grains and dairy products allowed – and having an exercise regimen based on outdoor activities and nature.  Living Well have a lot of great tips and advice on their website.

Running and Primal Living
Running is one of the base elements in any exercise programme, and primal living is no different in that respect.  The key difference with primal living running is that it isn’t done in the gym, on a treadmill, it’s done outside in nature, just as our ancestor the caveman used to when he was hunting his food.

Problems with Gym Running
The problem with running on a treadmill is that the surface is not natural, it’s too flat and consistent.  This means it’s first of all too easy and secondly, it’s not natural and how our feet were designed to be used when running. Running outside, on rough and uneven terrain is going to give you a much better workout, and help your feet work the way they should.

Another important point to bear in mind is footwear. Of course, caveman didn’t have Nike’s or other types of footwear – in fact they didn’t really have any footwear and would hunt barefoot.  If that were possible, then primal living would suggest it, but the fact that we wear shoes all our days means it is impractical, and possibly dangerous, to suggest running barefoot outside.  That said, there are certain types of footwear that come close, such as the barefoot type shoe available in sportswear shops, the ones with the 5 toes design.  These allow your feet to move around relatively freely, and certainly allow movement in your toes which makes them the next best thing to barefoot running. The problem with most of the sports footwear is that they provide too much padding and protection, inhibiting your feet from moving naturally when running. And when running outside, they can actually cause harm because they don’t allow the foot to manoeuvre around uneven ans unstable surfaces, causing twists and strains and even broken bones.

The above is a short introduction to primal living exercise and how running outdoors can play a big part in it. If you’re interested in knowing more, check out Living Well.

Primal Living and A Healthy Balanced Diet Plan

Primal Living and A Healthy Balanced Diet Plan

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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.

What is Balanced Diet Food?

What is Balanced Diet Food?

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Do you wonder about what to eat for a healthy diet, how to have a balanced diet plan? One great source of information is the internet, with companies like Living Well able to help you in your quest to eat more healthily.

In simple terms, a balanced diet is one which provides you with enough of the right food and drinks in the right quantities to give your body sufficient intake to be healthy. That sounds simple enough, but what exactly should you be eating to achieve this?

5 A Day
The first food groups we should focus on are fruit and vegetables. It is recommended we eat 5 a day from these groups.  They are full of vitamins and minerals and should add up to about one-third of our daily food intake. Amongst other things, consuming sufficient fruit and vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Another food type that should make up about one-third of our intake is starch. This includes things like potatoes with the skin left on. rice and brown wholemeal bread.  Starchy foods are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals and are an important part of any healthy diet plan.

Dairy products are an invaluable source of calcium and protein.  Milk, cheese, yoghurt are amongst the diary products you should consider consuming.  Another thing you should consider is to choose the low fat options for these products whenever you can. Soya based alternatives are worth considering as well.

A good protein intake is essential for a healthy body.  Foods which are high in protein include pulses, beans, meat, fish and eggs.  They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals hence their value in a healthy diet. When choosing meat, try to select thin cut and skinless alternatives wherever possible.  For fish, try to eat at least twice a week, along with the pulses, beans and eggs mentioned.

Unsaturated Fats
When thinking about spreads, it’s important to go for the unsaturated fat products to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and give our body the required fat it needs.

One last thing, try to reduce your sugar and saturated fat intake as much as you can.

Hopefully the above gives you some tips on how you can have a healthy and balanced diet to ensure your body is fit and healthy.

If you’re interested in getting more information on eating healthily, or just being more healthy in general, try Living Well.