So this week the Labcoats are trying to figure out if our eyeballs point toward nutrition labels as often as we assume they do. But how important is label reading if you're approaching food the paleo way? Not very. The healthiest way to grocery shop is to buy only foods that are ingredients, rather than boxed concoctions of unpronounceable additives and preservatives. But eating Paleo isn't just for minimalists- here 5 other ways that this approach to nutrition can better your life:
Say goodbye to that bloated feeling
We've all experienced that "I feel like I swallowed a truck" feeling that comes after revisiting the buffet line one too many times. Make your choices based on Paleo Principles and you'll reach a satiated "full" without feeling like the Goodyear blimp. One of the most pleasant surprises for me was how much of my past sufferings had been slyly baked into rolls, biscuits, and that diabolically gut-wrenching bread pudding.
Adios, compulsive calorie counting
It's unnecessary. By avoiding sugar and grains, just how many foods are left with the caloric density sufficient to make one obese? Other than fruit, potatoes are probably the starchiest whole food around. This guy ate nothing but spuds (around 20 per day) for two months and lost weight. Unprocessed whole foods, with the exception of grains are often packed with so much more than calories- healthy fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
That is, Look Good Naked. Need proof? Don't worry, it's fully clothed proof- check out the transformations of Dave, Graham, Lin. Now temper your dream with the fact that nothing but Photoshop will give your physique an instant airbrushing- it takes self-discipline and dedication. Finally, read this. . . now you better balanced and good to go.
Stop pooping like a Play Dough Fun-Factory
Well. . . . it might be a little green if you're a spinach lover, but you weren't born to pump sludge. What we're all looking for here is a good fit and a clean break on a regular basis. If you leave atrocious skid marks in the throne's recess at every sitting, gluten in grains could be causing your IBS. Join a lively discussion on Paleo poo here.
It's not as expensive as you think
Cost is one of the most common whines regarding the grass-fed meat and grain-less whole-foods approach to eating. I won't bore you with the usual schpeel over how it will save you medical costs in the long run. We're talking about practicality in the here and now- check out the RV caveman who lives happily on $11K a year. Gabi Moskowitz may be rough around the edges, but she shows you how it's done at BrokeAssGourmet.com. Rob Wolf also shares his take on how to shop.
Now you're practically excuse-less! If you haven't been following along, catch up on the Chronicles of Dietopia and stay tuned for some theorizing over why Paleo, and certain other culinary ideologies work in regard to weight loss and overall health, and so many others don't.