The Paleo Diet and the Gluten Free Lifestyle

by Becky Rider

The Paleo diet promotes an eating plan based on ten thousand years of healthful eating. Because our ancestors were hunter-gatherers before they were any other type of eater, the theory says that our bodies must be intended to eat this way.

The Paleo diet consists of:

wild-caught meats

wild-caught fish and seafood

wild-harvested berries and fruits

wild-harvested seeds and nuts

wild-harvested mushrooms

wild-harvested flowers, leaves, stems and roots.

All foods are fresh, whole, minimally processed foods, with no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or other chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, or artificial genetic modifications. The Paleo diet does not recommend eating grains, legumes or other cultivated plants or farmed animals, including dairy.

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Is the Paleo Diet Compatible With the Gluten Free Lifestyle?

In a word, yes, with this caveat: Always be mindful about what you eat. Although grains are not part of the Paleo diet, our food still comes, at least in part, from stores. If it is packaged and requires a label, you must read it. Of course, if it's packaged, it's not recommended by the Paleo diet in any case.

If you have a serious health condition, or if you are celiac and still healing, talk to your health care practitioner about switching to the Paleo diet. You should have no difficulties with it, but consult with your doctor, nurse or nutritionist to be sure.

Do not begin the Paleo diet or any other high-protein, low-carb diet if you have lowered kidney function or your kidneys are in some other way compromised.

Living gluten free means having a certain mindfulness about your shopping, cooking and eating; following the Paleo diet merely requires that same mindfulness.

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What Are the Benefits of the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet, for most people, can correct health concerns and improve health in noticeable and significant ways. For example, the Paleo diet can:

* increase the body's pH and alkalinize the tissues, slowing or stopping bone demineralization caused by an acidic condition in the body;

* reduce inflammation in the vascular system because of increased alkalinity;

* increase vascular elasticity because of increased vitamin C intake from fresh plant foods;

* lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels because vascular inflammation is reduced;

* lower blood pressure because of increased vascular elasticity;

* normalize hormone production because of lowered stress hormone production due to lower levels of physical/chemical stress on the body from inflammation;

* normalize insulin/glucose levels by reducing chronic intake of simple carbs;

* increase energy and reduce fatigue because the digestive system, along with the other excretory systems, is functioning optimally, and the body's mitochondria are being nourished adequately.*

So you see, there are many good reasons to consider the Paleo diet.

Because humans have different body types, some people will thrive on the Paleo diet more than others will. For those who thrive, they will easily lose weight, gain abundant energy, increase muscle tone, mass, and strength, and increase their overall health and well-being. For the others, they may feel some dissatisfaction with their food selection, and they may not lose weight as easily or thrive.

If you find you are one of these people who do not thrive on the Paleo diet, try a diet high in complex carbs like fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains (buckwheat, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, etc.), and small amounts of meats, eggs, and dairy. You may find this diet suits your personality and body type better.

Make sure to visit the Paleo Diet webpage for extensive information and resources about the Paleo diet and its effect on various conditions. This is an excellent and very helpful website.  Highly recommended.

The Bottom Line

In general, the Paleo diet should be safe for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten intolerance. Do check with your health care practitioner if you have concerns. As a grain free diet, it should help heal your body and feed your soul.

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