On Monday I committed to following the Paleo diet for a month, but I didn’t explain what brought it on.
So why did I commit?
And how out of the blue was it?
Together, they had me signing up at Chapter 4 of the book. With a hiss and a roar, I was off! Googling recipes, anecdotes, success stories.
I haven’t finished the book – and given my current study load I probably won’t – but if I still with a Paleo lifestyle for the longer term, I could pin point finishing Chapter 4 as being a pivotal moment in the process. The point my mind was made.
The human body doesn’t need grains & dairy. They weren’t really available until the introduction of agriculture (farming) – and our waists have been increasing ever since.
Studies have shown that the bodies of hunter-gathers were healthier, stronger, and had less incidences of disease or cancer than their farming descendants. Agriculture assisted the population to boom, but at a cost.
Why live that way if you don’t have to?
Which way? Either way – pick a side and think about it. Debate it. Then try the other side and go again. Healthy trumps, right? Are you convinced which way is healthier?
Hence, the experiment. I know I have some issues with dairy (though I still eat it), so why not drop grains and legumes, too?
But wait, there’s more!
There’s plenty of anecdotal support out there that suggests a Paleo-like diet can assist with autoimmune disorders – like alopecia! The connection there being to gluten and grains, and the impact they can have on people’s bodies if they have an intolerance to them. For many, it takes a ramped-up, hardcore version called the autoimmune protocol (explained in more detail for non-scientists really well here, complete with printouts).
I’m not going quite so hard at this stage – but you never know…
I might be 25 with a full head of hair!
At the end of the day, this is a challenge. And if it achieves nothing else, I will have gone 30 days without a coke zero or energy drink. I can’t turn my nose up at that.
Here’s to at least 28 more days!