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What Is The Paleo Diet?


Another name for the Paleo Diet is the “caveman diet,” because the diet consists of the types of food people on this planet used to eat before the Agricultural Revolution. These types of food include fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and seafood. These foods are rich in beneficial nutrients such as antioxidant vitamins, soluble fiber, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, phytochemicals, and low-glycemic carbohydrates. The diet helps steer clear of nutrients such as trans fats, refined sugars and grains, high-glycemic carbohydrates, salt, and processed foods that are often correlated with weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a number of other health troubles.


What makes the Paleo Diet exclusively unique is that it is based on history and not diet doctors or other nutritionists. The logic is people have been around for a very long time and the agricultural revolution and processed food has been around (relative to all of the year’s people have roamed earth) for a brief moment. Through evolution and natural selection, human bodies and the way they have adapted to process food is still ingrained in us from our ancestors who were hunters and gatherers. Our ancient ancestors’ diet consisted of strictly fresh fruits, veggies, meat, and seafood.

What Makes The Paleo Diet Different?

What Makes The Paleo Diet Different?


What makes the Paleo Diet exclusively unique is that it is based on history and not diet doctors or other nutritionists. The logic is people have been around for a very long time and the agricultural revolution and processed food has been around (relative to all of the year’s people have roamed earth) for a brief moment. Through evolution and natural selection, human bodies and the way they have adapted to process food is still ingrained in us from our ancestors who were hunters and gatherers. Our ancient ancestors’ diet consisted of strictly fresh fruits, veggies, meat, and seafood.

Health Benefits With Paleo Diet?


The Paleo Diet allows for unlimited fruits and vegetables. The fruits and veggies are the main source of carbohydrates but are of a low-glycemic index. This means they cause limited fluctuation in blood-sugar and insulin levels. High blood sugar and insulin levels are notorious for causing a multitude of different diseases including hypertension, unhealthy blood cholesterol, obesity, gout, and Type 2 diabetes. Since the Paleo Diet is high in protein, fiber, and omega-3 fat; the diet doesn’t only help avoid those diseases, it helps prevent them. Unlimited Fruits and veggies also mean the body will be slightly alkaline, meaning symptoms of diseases like kidney stones, stroke, asthma, osteoporosis, insomnia, inner ear ringing, motion sickness, and exercise-induced asthma will lessen. A high soluble-fiber diet (Paleo Diet is) is known to help diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Any sort of inflammation is also lessened with the Paleo Diet’s high omega-3 fat content.


It is true that whole grains have minerals, fiber, and B vitamins but they are not efficient in them. Seafood, free-ranging meats, veggies, and fresh fruit are much more efficient in supplying you with these nutrients. Veggies and fresh fruits have between 2 and 7 times as much fiber as whole grains per one thousand calories. The veggies’ and fresh fruits’ fiber is mostly healthy for the heart and lowers cholesterol levels. Whole grains do not have the same effect. In a comparable calorie service size, fresh veggies have 12x more potassium, 6x more iron, 15x more calcium, 3 times more magnesium, and 2 times more copper than whole grain cereal. Does that put it into perspective?

Why Would I Cut Out Whole Grains?

Why Would I Cut Out Whole Grains?


It is true that whole grains have minerals, fiber, and B vitamins but they are not efficient in them. Seafood, free-ranging meats, veggies, and fresh fruit are much more efficient in supplying you with these nutrients. Veggies and fresh fruits have between 2 and 7 times as much fiber as whole grains per one thousand calories. The veggies’ and fresh fruits’ fiber is mostly healthy for the heart and lowers cholesterol levels. Whole grains do not have the same effect. In a comparable calorie service size, fresh veggies have 12x more potassium, 6x more iron, 15x more calcium, 3 times more magnesium, and 2 times more copper than whole grain cereal. Does that put it into perspective?

“In 2011 after the birth of my first child I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting my thyroid. After seeing an endocrinologist and managing my symptoms, remission periods and flare-ups over the next few years I decided that had to be another solution. After speaking to friends about inflammation and autoimmune disorders I decided to see a Functional Medicine practitioner in 2015. I worked with my doctor, followed an elimination diet, determined food sensitives and the root cause of my autoimmune disorder. I started eating basically Whole 30 / Paleo, taking probiotics, enzymes and collagen peptides to heal my gut, and learning what nutrients my body was missing. Through this process, I have been able to give my body the tools it needs to heal, reduce my thyroid antibodies and feel better than I have in years!! Versus just treating the symptoms.”

Megan L

Project Manager

Bloating. Hives. Cramps. Swelling. Blurred vision. Moodiness. As someone living with a gluten intolerance, these are just some of the many symptoms I feel when I eat gluten. You may think to yourself, “What’s the big deal?”, but when this happens to you multiple times a day and causes you to have to sheepishly leave events early, lash out at your friends and family members for no reason, and overall ruins your day. 2 1/2 years ago, I was finally fed up of feeling this way, and decided to reach out to my Doctor and find out what I could do to combat these symptoms. My Doctor explained that there are solutions to have a healthier gut, including taking a probiotic daily, taking epsom salt baths and drinking plenty of water, but said that the best overall solution was to implement a gluten free diet. That was not easy to hear, as my favorite foods include pasta, pizza and cookies (yes, cookies are food too!) The first couple of weeks on my journey to gluten free living, it was not easy to break away from the routine of eating sandwiches for lunch, eating a soft pretzel at a game, and saying no to cake at celebrations, but once I started, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt! Not only did all of my symptoms leave immediately, but I noticed that my skin was clearer, my anxiety left, and I was back to being myself again. The best part was that I started noticing how many gluten free options there are out there, and that Indianapolis is home to a plethora of restaurants that cater to people with GI/Celiac and have incredibly delicious foods. If you find yourself in a similar situation as I am in, know that you are not alone, and this journey to healthier living can be done, especially if you live here in Indy!

Ashtin F

Blogger, Latte and Lipstick

I was extremely intrigued when NOOK was coming to downtown Indianapolis because of the menu they would be offering. In November of 2017, I challenged myself to live a vegan lifestyle for thirty days. It was empowering to fuel my body with the best food there was to offer in the city! I was cooking at home more, but also challenged chefs around the town to prepare vegan dishes for me (two steakhouses!). After the challenge, I continued to eat a vegetarian lifestyle because of how good I felt on a daily basis. I haven’t gone back to eating meat and don’t plan to do so in the upcoming future! In times that you don’t get to enjoy NOOK for lunch or dinner, I hope you find this recipe to be a delicious substitute! Check out my page for directions on how to create Vegan/Paleo Taco “Meat” for your next #tacotuesday.

Meg K

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