When it comes to dieting trends, it’s no surprise that there have been some completely wacky methods of losing those extra kilos and trimming inches off a garnished waistline. Just to give you an idea of how inane these fads were, and in some cases downright dangerous, a few mad-hatters would subject themselves to swallowing tapeworm larvae, this parasite eats everything you put into your body in order to fuel its own growth, that’s right, now take a second to consider that a tapeworm grows up to 35 feet long. No wonder you could eat as you like and still shed pounds faster than a shopping spree in Harrods.
Another example and my personal favourite that deserves a Darwin award is HCG Therapy. What’s HCG you may ask? Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, in simpler terms, it’s a pregnancy hormone synthesized from the urine of pregnant women. Not only does HCG burn excess body fat, it is also the hormone responsible for morning sickness, so perhaps the indirect advantage of spending your time with your head inside a toilet bowl, you probably won’t be able to keep your food down long enough to reach digestion, minus the severe organ and tissue damage of course.
The Paleo diet was first developed in the 1970’s by Gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin and later popularized in his book “The Stone age Diet”, the premise of the Paleo lifestyle is pretty simple, in that you eat the same food our cave dwelling ancestors had access to. Thankfully I’m a bit of a woos when it comes to injecting hormones and swallowing parasites, my preferred and trusted diet is not so much a diet, it’s more a standard of living.
Here is the hard and fast of the Paleo
Make sure you eat:
- Free Range Chicken
- Grass-fed pasture raised meats
- Varied Fruit
- Small amount of starches
- Nuts & Seeds
- Sugar and processed foods
- Junk Food
- Grains (wheat products, corn products, rice, pasta, bread, oatmeal, cereals, etc)
- Legumes (peanuts, lima beans, kidney beans, black beans etc)
- No Dairy (milk, cream, butter, yogurt, cheese, etc)
- No Alcohol (includes wine, beer and hard liquor)
I’m personally a little bit more flexible on the alcohol and cheese; I try to keep them exclusively for my “cheat day”. I have found that a lot of the research and advice in Tim Ferris’s book The 4Hour Body gravitates toward a Paleo/Slow-carb diet. There are a lot of Paleo Authors and self-proclaimed experts out there, some are great and others are wimpy vegans or vagrant tree huggers. Tim Ferris is not only a great resource for knowledge, but is also an entertaining read.
My reasons for switching to a Paleo lifestyle was simply due to the fact that I felt run down at best of times, with no energy and acute food and sinus allergies. I was basically living each day, one antihistamine to next. I felt a major shift in my allergies within the first week of the Paleo diet when I alone cut out grains and dairy. The fact that I could now sleep an entire night without having a sneezing fit or congested sinus pain was an indication that there really was something to the Paleo diet.
The other reason which motivated me to go Paleo is the fact that today’s food is prepared and exposed to some seriously hazardous chemicals. The recent row over a French case study over GM food and certain pesticides reinforces the fact that not enough long-term research has gone into the safety of these chemicals, let alone the modification of corn and its multitude of synthesized derivatives used in over 80% of all commercial food preparation.
The Paleo diet is more than just choosing what to eat; it is also putting your health and wellbeing first in the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle. As with everything else in life, it’s about what you put in. Why don’t you get started?