I'm sure the first few questions in mind are: What is the Paleo diet? Why should I pursue such a thing? The USDA outlines a solid diet, why should I change that?
The Paleo diet is eating as closely to what paleolithic man consumed but taking into consideration modern life. This includes the removal of the following items from your daily life:
- All Processed Foods
- All Grains (gluten especially)
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Most dairy products (ghee, clarified butter, and some hard cheese are ok in moderation)
- Processed sweeteners (refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup etc.)
- Soy (it is a neurotoxin)
- Unsafe Oils (canola, peanut, or most plant based refined oils)
You would replace those items with whole foods (fresh vegetables), quality meats (grass fed and finished and/or pastured), animal fats, limited fruit and nuts.
The USDA pyramid should be banished and drawn up from scratch according to what our body needs and not mostly derived from grains and cereals or dairy. Grains have been shown over and over to cause numerous issues within the body so why should that be the major category from which we get nutrients? It shouldn't. Any doctor that tells you that whole grains are highly nutritious should be ignored. They obviously know little about how our body handles grains or the bio-availability of these nutrients. Food should be our gateway to health and most doctors only have about 6 months of their entire time in medical school dedicated to nutrition. Even so, the nutrition that they're given is the same tripe we've been handed for the past 50+ years. We need to re-program not only ourselves but our medical professionals.