Spring into Paleo Eats: 3 Important Reasons to Go Paleo
Below we’ll touch upon 3 important reasons to go Paleo, but first… Paleo Eats has a BRAND NEW website and, well, we’re excited about it! Thanks to the new visuals of wholesome foods, essential ingredients, and active people, I think it’s the most Paleo Eats has ever felt like itself. Seriously. And speaking of feeling more like yourself, what are your feelings about changing the way you eat, “going Paleo,” or at least dabbling in the Paleo Lifestyle?
Chances are you’ve heard whispers about the Paleo World—perhaps some tall tales and some short ones—telling you what Paleo IS and what it can do for you (or can’t). But what really are the pros and cons of going Paleo? Yup, I said pros and cons, because there isn’t one straight answer and I’m not here to convince you otherwise. I am here, however, to offer other (different?) options based on my own Paleo-esque experience. Enjoy!
1. Less is Better
Anytime we have the opportunity to take in less processed foods, it’s a good thing. We’ve been increasingly reminded over the years that, yes, less is better when it comes to processed foods, additives, and substitutes (even and especially gluten-free alternatives!). According to Paleo Magazine (and a whole load of other food experts),
“Processed foods (including grains and pasteurized dairy) are toxic to some degree or another for humans, even if you don’t experience immediate symptoms.”
Sound simple? That’s because it is. I’ll also add that the key is not to stress about completely eliminating processed foods and other toxins because, honestly, that’s not realistic or entirely possible. What IS important is to try to limit processed foods on a daily basis. Call me biased, but our Paleo Eats bars are a delicious way to start incorporating less processed foods and more whole foods into your lifestyle on a daily basis! Which leads us to…
2. You Will Eat More Real Food
When we limit processed foods something has to take their place, but what? Well, we obviously have to eat, so the answer is whatever’s left to be eaten: REAL FOOD! Again, sounds simple, but we’ve strayed so far from this over the years. And when we begin sift through all the packaging and the unnecessary (and often inflammatory) ingredients and food options out there, we return to the foods we were made to eat. Not surprisingly, this includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat, and a basketful of other amazing and delicious nutrient-packed foods that our bodies thrive on. In fact, individuals who trend towards Paleo tend to consume LESS saturated fat and sodium and MORE of the following:
- Produce (3X more than the typical American)
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Unsaturated fat
- Vitamins and minerals
3. You Get to Eat WAY More Sweet Potatoes, Which is Always a Good Thing
Although there are some critics of sweet potatoes (gasp) as they pertain to the Paleo Diet (Let’s not call it a “diet,” shall we? Paleo, if you choose, has the potential to be about lifestyle and ritual and health— it can be so much more than just fad and trend.), the positives and pros of sweet potatoes actually far outweigh any “negatives.” While sweet potatoes do contain sugars—like most amazing tubers, including beets, carrots, potatoes, and radishes—the thing is that they are low on the glycemic index. Being low on the GI means those sugars are more slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized, resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood sugar. Sweet Potatoes also boast the following:
- High amounts of fiber
- Lots of potassium
- Plenty of vitamins (particularly vitamin A and beta carotene) and minerals
- Low amounts of sodium
To boot, whether you make roasted sweet potatoes, or follow a recipe for mashed yams, or simply boil them, they taste SO good. Basically, sweet potatoes with a little melted coconut oil, fresh hemp seeds, and sea salt on top = WINNING. Now go, get outside and move and breathe, perhaps give Paleo a whirl, and no matter what enjoy the experience!
What’s your story as a Paleo Newbie or Paleo Curious individual? Share your thoughts, concerns, and joys in the comments below. Oh, and feel free to share this Paleo Eats blog post with so many others!