The Paleo Diet Explained

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Now the Christmas excess is out of the way, let’s talk about food!

One of our practice members recently asked about the hunter-gatherer diet that I had recommended, saying that someone else had ‘debunked’ it.

The problem is, there are a few books about the subject, including ‘The Paleo Diet’ and the ‘Stone Age Diet’, and none of these books actually talks about the scientifically sound diet I mean. I had just assumed they did.

I suggest eating many more vegetables, and a variety of fruits as the bulk – varying between 50 and 80% of your total intake. Then good quality protein from nuts, seeds, eggs, WILD meat and fish. Wild meat is very different from farmed meat. Grass fed beef is much, much better than grain fed meat.

Then the smallest amount of your diet should be what is currently the largest part – grains and dairy.
For some great insight, and a few surprises (such as what wild broccoli actually looks like) watch this video:

Remember, one of the reasons humanity has spread so far and wide is our ability to adapt. With that comes epi-genetic variations in our best requirements. This means some people will function optimally with higher starch levels, some with higher protein, some with higher fat. We also vary through the seasons. Knowing your blood group can help, as can taking a ‘metabolic type’ questionnaire every 3 months.

If you have more questions about this, then please ask me at your next adjustment. (or make one if it’s been a while!)

Remember – a fully functioning spine is a requirement for optimal brain function, and without a fully functioning brain you will not digest food properly!

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Written by Dr Chris Pickard

Posted In: Diet and Nutrition

Published on 6 Jan 2014


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