WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET?
The Paleo diet focuses on eating natural, real food that is widely available with little or no processing. In other words, eating the way nature intended.
As humans, our bodies had adapted to the food we ate before the Agricultural Revolution: animals, wild vegetables and fruits in season, along with limited amounts of nuts and seeds. The modern diet contains grains, beans, refined sugar, seed oils, hazardous food additives and dairy. Our bodies are not well equipped to deal with these foods.
The Paleo diet is based on the idea that this mismatch between our bodies and our present diet might be the reason for modern health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. It supports the notion that modern humans should return to eating real, whole, unprocessed foods that make us strong, energetic and vibrant with health.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF A PALEO DIET:
- Increased and more stable energy levels
- Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
- Improved glucose tolerance; decreased insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity
- Decreased inflammation; reduction of pain associated with inflammation
- Higher immune function and general feeling of well being
- Improved lipid profiles
- Healthier gut flora
- Better absorption of nutrients from food
- Decreased depression and anxiety
- Reduced allergies
- Improved sleep
- Mental clarity
- Improved mood and attitude
- Less or no bloating; decreased gas
- Sustained weight loss
- Muscle growth; increased fitness
What we eat, how much of it, and when can impact our rate of release of the hormone insulin. In turn, this can have a big impact on our bodies and how we feel.While fats, proteins and everything else can increase blood glucose levels, carbohydrates do it much faster. When blood sugar spikes, insulin levels ramp up as well. Consistent insulin spiking causes decreased insulin sensitivity, reducing the body’s ability to control it.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT INSULIN:
- Controls how the body uses and stores glucose and fat
- Directs the flow of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbs to tissues
- Regulates cholesterol
- Is a growth factor
- Involved in appetite control
- And more….
Consistent, long-term insulin resistance leads to the body’s inability to shed extra fat, absorb nutrients and can lead to hyperinsulinemia.
WHAT IS HYPERINSULINEMIA?
Overloading the body with carbohydrates can lead to insulin resistance, where the pancreas is unable to tell or control how much insulin is being secreted. This consistent and high level of insulin in the body leads to hyperinsulinemia, a condition that can be linked to a multitude of diseases: heart disease – cancer – stroke – diabetes – obesity – metabolic syndrome – hypertension – myopia – PCOS – gout – acne – excess fluid retention- immune disorders.
FUEL THE MACHINE
We host ‘Fuel The Machine’ nutrition classes to teach members how to implement the Paleo diet into their daily lives. It is our experience that CrossFit training coupled with the Paleo regime yields significant results.