What is the paleo diet?
The paleo diet is a nutritional approach that focuses on eating only foods that are high in nutrients, unprocessed, and based on the foods that were available and eaten by humans before industrial agriculture, the domestication of animals, and modern food processing. Essentially the diet focuses on grass-fed or wild caught proteins, vegetables, good for you fats and spices. Fruit tends to be limited to those lowest in sugars, so berries are best.
The USDA food pyramid promotes eating 6-11 servings of "healthy whole grains", however there are no nutrients in grains that can't be found in something else and the other food sources won't lead to gut irritation or systemic inflammation. Adhering to the food pyramid has resulted in widespread chronic diseases and obesity; basically, it has created a population that is overfed and obese, yet still malnourished on a cellular level.
People who follow the paleo diet very often have great health results, including improvements in their heart health, weight loss, reduced symptoms from autoimmune disease, decline in diabetes, and more. This is believed to occur because harmful foods that humans are not adapted to eating are removed from the diet, and at the same time there is a dramatic increase in the amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants added into the diet.
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What is a ketogenic diet?
A ketogenic diet is a dietary program that focuses on high fat (good for you fats), moderate protein (grass-fed or wild caught) and restricts carbohydrate consumption. Foods high in easily digestible carbohydrates (e.g., sugar, bread, pasta) are eliminated and replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of healthy fats and moderate protein (e.g., meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, and seeds) and other foods low in carbohydrates (e.g., most salad vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard and collards), although other vegetables and fruits (especially berries) are often allowed. The amount of carbohydrate allowed varies based on individual health needs and goals. We recommend a ketogenic diet using a paleo diet approach to food quality.
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