The “Paleo” diet: In this régimen, basically one is allowed to eat meats, organs, eggs, nuts, seeds, non-starchy vegetables and fruits while avoiding most grains, legumes, dairy products and refined foods. It is advised to eat organic and/or wild foods, especially when it comes to animal products. The thing is, each organism has the capacity to get rid of a limited amount of toxins in a given period of time, and currently animals are being raised in an environment full of pesticides, radioactive fallout, heavy metals, pesticides, antibiotics and synthetic hormones coming from their food and water supply as well as from the very air we all breath. This makes animals concentrate in their tissues (mostly in the fat cells) whatever they are not able to detoxify ever since they were born. Animals that live the longest and in the case of fish the ones that eat smaller fish show the most toxicity in their muscles, fats, organs and milk. Back to the diet, I want to share some observations:
- It has a heavy quality considering the fact that protein and saturated fats are the foundation of most meals.
- Protein and long chained saturated fats (the type of saturated fat present in meats) slow down the digestive process. Carbs are digested faster.
- Protein and fats concentrate calories in small portions, giving you a sensation of fullness faster than carbs allowing you to eat less quantity.
- Obesity, which is an imbalances created by the excess of sweet foods can easily be corrected by limiting the intake of refined sugars, simple carbs, artificial sweeteners, sweet fruit and refined flours.
- It is encouraged to eat plenty of green fibrous vegetables and herbs as well as using spices. This help digest heavy foods and also neutralize acidity.
According to the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine, each human being is born with a proportion of qualities and attributes, and an excess or diminution of one of this attributes will create imbalance. Prevention and treatment are based in qualitative balance through opposites, so, in this case, people with qualities and attributes opposite to the fundamentals of the “paleo” diet will benefit from it.
For example, we have seen that The Paleo Diet is heavy in nature, slows down digestion and makes use of concentrated foods that fill you up even in small amounts. This can potentially benefit someone with a tendency to be light and thin, has difficulty eating large amounts of food, and feels hungry soon after eating a meal rich in carbs and fibers (lighter sources of calories). People with irregular eating habits, emotional instability, anxiety, scattered attention, poor concentration and difficulty retaining new information generally can also benefit from the stability, concentration, density and heaviness we qualitatively find in this diet.
As we can begin to see, the key to the diet world lies in our ability to observe ourselves physically and psychologically in order to find balance using foods and tastes as tools for daily life.
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