1st question: Eating Healthy Why does it matter?
Short Answer: In today's world, it's harder to be healthy
1. We live in a world of food overabundance Our bodies were designed to survive periods of food scarcity through evolution. In today's world, we don't have that challenge and have to work against some natural tendencies that drive us to overeat and eat too much sugar. Our bodies are really efficient at storing excess energy as fat.
2. Declining nutrient density and quality Mineral depletion of soil (crops and vegetables), engineering of foods for cost/efficiency/shelf life, etc. etc.
3. Other Forces Busy, on the go lifestyles. Sedentary office jobs. Technology distractions. Stress.
But....We also know more and can do something about it We are starting to understand much more about nutrition through the openness of the internet and better science. We are starting to look at the body as a total system where the food you eat impacts many things including how you feel.
Stay Sharp (or stay woke as the kids are saying)
Paleo and Grain-free
The Paleo Diet is based on the idea that our hunter-gatherer ancestors were genetically well adapted to the foods that they could find in nature. They may have lived short lives due to many dangers but evidence shows that they were generally very physically healthy. The introduction of agriculture and technology have allowed humans access to many more types of foods like grains and processed sugars. We may not be genetically adapted to digest much of whats in our current food supply (especially processed foods) without adverse health effects.
Today's Paleo Diet is a modern adaptation of what our ancestors ate. Here are the basics of what you should eat on the Paleo diet: variety of wild and pastured meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. The foods to avoid: grains, legumes, most dairy, soy and processed sugars. Many people today have adapted Paleo to fit their specific lifestyle or strive to eat healthier but aren't always perfect. Reducing the amount of grains in our diets is a good habit for everyone.
Why Eat Paleo? - Take control over your health and well being
There have been numerous important studies (see here) suggesting that the Paleo diet is our best set of guidelines for healthy eating. Empirical evidence supports this as more and more people are eating Paleo to feel and look better. We encourage you to do your own research, give it a try, and of course discuss with your doctor.