3 followers talk about its benefits

3 followers talk about its benefits

Drawing inspiration from the dietary practices of prehistoric men is the principle of paleo diet (also called Paleolithic diet or ancestral diet). And finally, eating like the hunter-gatherers of the paleolithic era is not lacking in virtues.

To carry out a paleo diet, include a good dose of animal and vegetable protein. Meals can therefore include:

However, a large number of foods should be excluded. This is the case for everything that was not consumed by our Paleolithic ancestors:

If adopting the paleo diet to the letter seems difficult today, it is however possible to get closer. In fact, our lifestyles have changed a lot since the prehistoric era! The advent of cereal, dairy and industrialized products is changing the situation for consumers. Moreover, removing a large number of products from your diet is not without health risks. As a reminder, it is essential to adopt the most varied diet possible to avoid the risk of nutritional deficiencies.

According to Paleo followers, this diet would be perfectly suited to our physiological needs, because it would help our body to function optimally. In effect, it would allow us to be in full possession of our physical, mental and intellectual abilities. Improvement of immune defences, digestive functions, skin… the benefits of the “paleo” lifestyle are variable and they differ according to the people who follow him!

More good news: the paleo diet can contribute to weight loss insofar as starchy foods and ultra-processed foods are banned. “Reducing, or even eliminating, the fast sugars contained in particular in industrial foods can help weight loss in people who used to consume a lot of them”, indicates to Medisite Lamia Zinaï, dietician and micronutritionist at the Mirabeau Medical Center in Aix-en-Provence. Of course, to maintain this weight loss, it must be associated with the practice of regular physical activity.

Finally, the paleo diet is particularly popular with athletes. Rich in protein, it helps to strengthen muscle mass and therefore, to have a more active metabolism. This improves performance and saves energy. “The lifestyle of hunter-gatherers (energy expenditure, waking/sleeping phases, hormonal variations, etc.) of the Paleolithic era is very different from ours”, reveals the dietician. “Nevertheless, it must be emphasized that the paleo diet is still interesting in some respects. Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables (rich in vitamins, fibers, antioxidants), unprocessed oils and oilseeds rich in omega-3 is particularly recommended.”

However, according to Lamia Zinaï, this regime is not without risks. “It provides a very large amount of protein likely to tire the kidneys (up to 35% of nutritional intake against 10-12% recommended for the general population). It cannot therefore be adapted to the entire population. In particular, it should be avoided during pregnancy, in children or in the elderly.recommends the specialist.

“The paleo diet has improved my gut and hormonal health”

“I started the paleo diet in 2010. At first, I was looking to lose weight first, then I also wanted to improve my health, as I suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It is a hormonal disease that leads in particular to fertility problems. After a trip to South America, I also had stomach issues. (irritable bowel syndrome, IBS) linked to a parasite that I had contracted on the spot.

But very quickly, I adopted the paleo diet to benefit from a general well-being. I started to eat raw products, that is to say not processed by manufacturers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, good fats, to learn how to cook meat… And these changes in my dietary lifestyle have done me the greatest good. Within three months, my gut and hormonal health, related to PCOS, has improved. For good reason, I was able to conceive a child without difficulty!

My mood has also improved and the paleo diet has also helped me to no longer have certain food intolerances. It also helps regulate blood sugar (blood sugar levels) and decrease inflammation in the body. Today, I follow this diet less strictly. I reintroduced rice, potatoes or sweet foods. Sometimes I even prepare “homemade” cookies and cakes. I also consume quality cheeses, such as goat cheese, all for my greater good!”, says Aglaée Jacob, author of the book “I put myself in paleo”, Thierry Souccar editions.

The opinion of Lamia Zinaï, dietician and micronutritionist:

By excluding processed foods and reducing sugar intake, the paleo diet has reduced inflammation in the body. This can have a beneficial effect on weight, but also on certain diseases such as PCOS or intestinal disorders. For Aglaée, the paleo diet has been a lever. A first stage to evolve towards a diet based on healthy products and to turn to a less strict food practiceMediterranean type (varied, rich in fiber, vitamins and omega-3 and complex carbohydrates), whose health benefits are well established.

“Thanks to the paleo diet, I felt a lot less tired”

“A top athlete in badminton, in 2016, I decided to start the paleo diet for several months. I heard about paleo thanks to my coaches, because in the sports world, we talk a lot about nutrition. So I tried the experiment to feel better on the pitch and to have more energy. I also wanted to see if this type of diet could reduce my sports-related injuries and improve my performance.

My breakfast usually consisted of scrambled eggs, chicken or turkey breasts, cherry tomatoes and an avocado. At noon, my plate consisted of vegetables and meat. However, I made a departure from the paleo diet, because I cooked rice and potatoes to satisfy my hunger! And I didn’t forbid myself goat’s milk. Between meals, I took seeds, nuts and almonds.

The first two weeks were complicated. My body had to get used to this new diet. But, from the following weeks, I felt significant benefits: I felt better in my body and in my head. I was much less tired and I was always motivated to go to training, even when I got up very early in the morning. Another change: I no longer needed to take naps during the day. My mood was better.

Today, I do “paleo cures” and the rest of the time, I eat everything. The downside of the paleo diet is that it requires a large budget because meat, fruits and vegetables are expensive. Besides, it’s not easy to follow it to the letter when you’re invited to a friend’s house and you have a busy social life!”, says Jordan.

The opinion of Lamia Zinaï, dietician and micronutritionist:

It is obvious that this diet rich in fruits and vegetables and oilseeds meets the needs for vitamins and antioxidants which are increased in high-level athletes. The paleo diet also increases the daily intake of quality protein, which allows athletes to increase their muscle mass. However, Jordan is right to combine it with starchy foods. These nutrients are particularly essential for improving endurance performance.

“End acne, excessive sweating and headaches!”

“Following the discovery of my breast cancer, I decided to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet in order to maximize my chances of recovery. I quickly noticed a marked improvement in my general state of health. So I decided to make the paleo diet my diet for life.

In the morning, I eat very little: a few almonds and raw vegetables. At noon, I eat a large colorful salad. It can be composed (it varies daily) of green salad, spinach, cucumber, peppers, carrots, beetroot, radish, fennel, celery, celeriac, cauliflower , as well as various seeds. To accompany this salad, there is always a portion of protein. According to the desire of the day, I add eggs, fish or even chicken. In the evening, I eat hot: vegetables with meat or fish. It can be vegetable curry, zucchini spaghetti, baked vegetables, cauliflower steaks…

The benefits I have seen in myself and my husband are numerous: increased energy, disappearance of skin problems (acne), excessive sweating, recurrent headaches and weight loss. Another non-negligible advantage: I am often asked if I recently went on vacation, because I look good !”, book Jessica, author of the Madame Paléo website.

The opinion of Lamia Zinaï, dietician and micronutritionist:

The paleo diet avoids “glycemic yoyos” and insulin spikes resulting from the consumption of sugary products. This noticeably reduces inflammation and saves energy for the body. It is for this reason that we feel in better shape. Once again, we find all the benefits of a varied, colorful and antioxidant-rich diet on overall health, which improves the quality of the skin, the hormonal balance and the morale of steel.”