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Behind exercise, nothing can do more for our energy levels, our health and overall stress management than a healthy diet that fits our needs. We DINKs need a nutritional strategy that will not only help us live longer, happier and healthier lives, it needs to make us look hotter together, make our sex lives amazing and help us maintain or achieve that power couple status we so deserve! The Paleo diet is one such strategy.
Motivated by the need for more energy, a few months ago my S.O. and I started the Paleo diet, and we’ve since turned it into part of life-as-usual. Also known as the “caveman” or “hunter gatherer” diet, it’s fundamentally based on feeding your body exactly what it needs to function at its best. It’s simple, involves readily available foods, and is not about fad foods or buying specific branded products. And while you will likely be sacrificing a few foods you really enjoy, there’s many you can indulge in you may not expect. You may be surprised at how easy it really is.
What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet mirrors the eating patterns of our earliest ancestors. It is based on the fundamental science of the food chain and what our bodies require: animal proteins and vitamins and minerals from plants and nuts. Fundamentally, our bodies do not need grains, legumes, dairy or sugar to survive and thrive.
These food types require some level of processing in order to be eaten, which typically adds unnatural elements into our food that the body doesn’t need. Surprise, surprise; I thought grains were good for you. I grew up on milk. I was challenged by a nutritionist to try the Paleo diet for a week and see what happens. The results were amazing. I experienced a 100% increase in energy with no caffeine, significant weight loss, better regularity and just overall feeling great. And yes, you can get all of your essential vitamins and minerals from plants and animals.
The main idea behind the Paleo diet is to return to the core basics of non-processed healthy foods. Organic fresh produce high in vitamins and minerals and sustainable meat like grass fed beef, free range chicken and wild caught seafood. All of these food sources are much higher in protein and provide the nutrition our bodies need, free of antibiotics and hormones, higher in omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, and less likely to carry any E. coli strains.
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