Going Ape for the Paleo Diet?

Another recent buzzword in the diet/nutrition/health world is the Paleo Diet. In a nutshell, the Paleo diet suggests eating foods which would have been found during the time of our ancestors. This means a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and seeds/nuts. Which also means no dairy, no grains, no legumes, no sugar, no salt.

In order to better address the topic (and questions), I did recently read, “The Paleo Diet for Athletes,” which was written by Dr. Loren Cordain and Joe Friel, founders of the Paleo Diet. The book is interesting and worth a read as it provides scientific support for why the Paleo Diet can be successful. It also addressed questions and concerns which have been raised about the diet. I’d highly recommend it.

Additionally, I stumbled upon a great article today, addressing the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/paleo-diet-healthy_n_1898529.html Whether you are “for” or “against” the diet, this article presents both sides and leaves you, the consumer, to make your own decision.

As a dietitian and an average-Jane human being, my best advice is to always remember the mantra, “Everything in moderation!” No matter your dietary choices, make sure to keep it balanced and healthy, while also remembering that food and eating is meant to be enjoyed and give pleasure to the consumer!!

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