– In this day and age of wellness, there are endless lifestyle changes that a person could implement in order to improve their health.
From diet and exercise trends to supplements or detox regimens.
And for every trend, thereare people who try it out and are thrilled with the results, and others, they struggle to find success.
The key to success withany lifestyle change is to follow a few evidence-basedrules of engagement to keep you on the path to wellness.
Today, we're focusing onthe rules of engagement for the Paleolithic diet,otherwise known as the Paleo diet.
So if you're familiar withthis diet or have tried it, please like this video and comment below, so you can be part of the conversation.
(lively music) Did you know the Paleo dietmay help promote weight loss, reduce the risk of chronicdisease, and improve longevity? Yes, the Paleo diet alsoknown as the hunter/gatherer, caveman or stoneage dietis essentially a diet that mimics the way prehistorichumans would have eaten in the Paleolithic Era.
This diet is based on thebelief that our bodies have not evolved to eat and digest foods through modern farming and agriculture, such as dairy, grains, beans, and legumes.
So here are my rules of engagement for a successful Paleo diet.
Number one, eat foods that our prehistorichunter gatherer ancestors would have eaten.
These include vegetables and small amounts offruit, such as berries, nuts and seeds, lean meats,fish, seafood, and eggs, herbs and spices, andas well healthy fats, like olive, coconut, and almond oils.
Number two, avoid modern foods that would not have been partof a hunter gatherers diet.
These include all grains,including gluten-free grains, beans and legumes, dairyand dairy products, processed foods, hydrogenatedoils, trans fats, and refined sugars, andartificial sweeteners.
And number three, choose good quality, fresh foods when available.
Eat a variety of freshorganic vegetables and fruits that are in season.
Varying your sourcesof vegetables and fruit will ensure your body is gettingall the nutrients it needs to function optimally, and it helps keep yourmicrobiome diverse as well.
And when sourcing animal products, look for organic,free-range, pasture-raised, wild-caught and sustainable options.
Avoid deli meets, they often have addedpreservatives and nitrates.
And number four, incorporateplant-based sources of protein as well.
All permitted on the Paleo dietare nuts, seeds, and coconut which are all great sources of plant-based proteinand unsaturated fats.
And number five, stickto the natural sugars.
When following a Paleo diet, acceptable sweeteners includesmall amounts of raw honey, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, coconut sugar, and stevia.
Avoid refined sugars andartificial sugar substitutes like aspartame and saccharin.
And number six, if this is all too much, just try starting witha modified Paleo diet.
Transitioning from a high-carbohydrate standard North American diet to a Paleo diet can be difficult.
So try a modified Paleo diet by simply including gluten-free grains and adding organicgrass-fed butter or ghee.
And number seven, include supplements to support a Paleo diet.
While your body can getall the nutrients it needs from a well-planned Paleo diet, a multi-vitamin can act as extra insurance to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
Also, consider supplementing your diet with vitamin D and magnesium, as these are among the most common nutrientdeficiencies in America.
Probiotics can also helpmaintain a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria,that's your microbiome, and support digestive health.
So when talking Paleo, just remember to follow thesesimple rules of engagement.