Recently, a study was published about how paleo diets
are just as bad as smoking. Hit the brakes! What? With all this
talk about paleo this and that, I want to say there are pros and
cons to this diet. This week I am going to discuss the pros.
High protein diets have been around since the 1970s. Starting
with the Zone and Ketogenic diets, then in the 1990s it was Atkins
and 40-30-30, followed by South Beach. Gut healing diets like
Simple Carbohydrate Diet (aka SCD, which is making a comeback) and
Body Ecology Diet also came in vogue. Now we are seeing blends of
these diets such as GAPS and Paleo.
I've been studying these diets since college. It all comes down
to not eating junk and start eating real food. It is plain and
simple, yet we tend to complicate things because everyone wants a
Let's take a look at the pros of Paleo:
Paleo gets you to eat more fruits and veggies. Need I say
Paleo gets you to eat less junk food. Last year I asked a
kindergarten class: "Does Mac and Cheese grow in our gardens?" To
which they chuckled and shouted "nooo-uh!" "Does chocolate chip
cookies grow from our trees?" They giggled and said, "nooo-uh!" As
silly as this sounds, even adults have to think the same way. If it
comes from a box, a can, the frozen food section (unless frozen
fruits and veggies), we should just say no.
Paleo gets you back into the kitchen to actually cook your
foods. *GASP!* What? You mean you have to take the time to cook the
food? (and it doesn't come from a package?) Yes!
Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, which means
that calories from protein tend to keep you full longer than
calories from carbohydrates. Protein helps stabilize blood sugars,
meaning you won't feel hungry an hour after eating. This can be
very helpful in controlling calorie intake and managing your
Paleo is a diet full of good fats from avocados, olive, coconut
oils, raw nuts and seeds. Most oils in our foods today are oils
that increase inflammation in the body such as canola, vegetable,
soybean and cottonseed. These oils also increase our cholesterol
and our risk for heart disease, strokes and cancers. In case you
missed my Detox Your Kitchen Series, read how to rid the bad fats
from your cabinets here.
I get that we are all strapped for time. Believe me I am busy
too, but if you can spend time watching TV, pinning recipes on
Pinterest or even 30 minutes on Facebook during the day, you can
make a homemade meal.
For me, it is important that my family gets a homemade meal.
Each week, I will pick up a rotisserie chicken and make a meal that
will last for two days. I make meatballs or meatloaf that also will
last a couple of days. Like my mom did, I make enough so there are
leftovers so I am not cooking daily. Crockpot meals are awesome for
those hectic days. Just throw it all in your crockpot and dinner is
made when you come home.
We all have the same time in our day, we all have a choice in
how we use that time. So what are you waiting for? Make a meal that
will knock your family's socks off.
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