Paleo Diet Review: No Such Thing as One Size Fits All
If you’ve been reading my blog, even for just one day, you’ll know that I teach low glycemic eating. In our 8 Week Transformation Program, we take people from their typical processed, glycemic roller-coaster lifestyles, gradually into a low glycemic lifestyle. For a few weeks of the program, the participants eat much like the Paleo Diet (during Phase 1 – you eat only low glycemic foods, so you cut out all grains and higher glycemic fruits and veggies). The Paleo Diet limits you basically to fruits, vegetables, meat, and nuts – things a cavewoman would have eaten. The Paleo Diet claims that this is the way genetically, we should all be eating. My opinion is that every body is different. What may work for me may not work for you and what worked for you ten years ago may not work for you now. The Paleo Diet may be a great resource for someone who needs to get off their carb addiction and processed food, because meat does not spike your blood sugar at all (see my video on low-glycemic eating). When you are eating a Paleo Diet – you are keeping your blood sugar in the fat burning zone. But, it deprives you of wholesome grains. SOME people may do great on the Paleo Diet long-term, but for most, I would only suggest using it as a tool to get off junk. Unfortunately, as far as I know, the Paleo Diet does not have you reintroduce grains as part of your diet. This is where our Phase 2 of our programs comes in. Once you are off the glycemic roller coaster, you need to be able to reincorporate whole grains, like quinoa, barley, steel-cut oats, bulgar, etc. into your diet. Some people (like me) cannot function properly without grains and legumes for long periods of time. If I personally stayed on the Paleo Diet for too long, I would be lethargic, yet unable to sleep at night, have issues with blacking out, and feel horrible (trust me I know because I recently experienced this .
I could go into all the research and share sources with you, but none of them really matter! Your body is your best source for what works best for you.
It’s important that we all find out what our unique bodies respond best to. If you want help figuring out what that is for your body, that’s what we’re here for!!
As far as milk goes – again, this is a personal thing. In general, these are my feelings on milk – If you’re going to drink it, at least get hormone free milk. According to the research I’ve done, our bodies do not NEED milk/dairy. You can get calcium from many other plant-based sources. I personally love yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, but don’t drink milk by itself. I know that when I eat a ton of dairy, my body isn’t so happy with me. Nutritionally speaking, cow’s milk is far superior to goats milk (according to my pediatrician). If you want a side by side comparison, bring up this link and this link in separate windows to see the nutrition data for goat’s milk compared to cows milk (1%).
What nutrition/diet questions do you have? Do you feel like you have a good handle on what your body needs?