6 Principles of the Paleo Lifestyle

The Paleo lifestyle is becoming more and more widespread so you may have already heard about it. There have been a lot of reports on how followers have: 

  • Lost weight.
  • Gained muscle.
  • Felt more energised.
  • Had less inflammation of all kinds.
  • Healthier looking skin.
  • Generally felt younger.
  • Disappearance of digestive issues.
  • Less issues with seasonal allergies and asthma.
  • Gone off diabetic medications. 

The great thing about Paleo is that it is a lifestyle, a way of eating, and not a crash diet, which means you won't be starving yourself. But you will be eating healthily and living healthily.

Whether you believe that the Paleo lifestyle is the right choice for you or not, there are some tips and lessons that just about anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle can use.

Avoid Processed Foods

This is a priority for following the Paleo lifestyle but it is also general nutritional advice from most experts. Consuming whole foods as close to nature as possible is the healthiest option. 

Pair Diet with Exercise

Functional strength training, cardiovascular exercises and explosive athletic movements are only part of a well-rounded fitness program. What we eat has a huge impact on our workouts and overall health. When working out, your body is pushed hard and it needs fuel to see measurable gains.

It is recommended that you pair your exercise workout with the Paleo diet which is:

  • High in animal protein, vegetables and fruit
  • Excludes grain and dairy
  • Excludes processed foods

 Achieve a Good Salt Balance

Processed foods are a major source of sodium and by eliminating them through the Paleo diet equals to a low-sodium diet without even trying. What's more, the Paleo lifestyle plan provides nearly twice the typical amount of potassium that a typical diet contains. The combination of low sodium and high potassium is a recipe for good vascular health and low blood pressure.

Choose Good Fats

Hydrogenated vegetable oils are swapped on the Paleo diet in exchange for single source fats like avocados, olive oil, flaxseed oil and coconut oil.

Cook for Yourself

Because of Paleo's stricter eating guidelines, eating out and buying quick snacks from vending machines becomes a little harder. But this means that most of the food that you consume will come from your own kitchen, and in turn that means you know exactly what's in your meals and how they will affect your body.

Don't Count Calories

If you eat a large number of calories, you will gain weight, but luckily Paleo meals are not hugely calorific. Nutritionists have agreed that calories are merely a jumping off point toward looking at the health value of food. Nutrient density is a far better measure for health.