What is the Paleo diet?

After my last blog a few of you might be asking “What is the Paleo diet exactly?”

The Paleo diet I have been following the last 6 weeks is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era. This  time period lasted from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, approximately 10,000 years ago. The foods I eat on the Paleo diet include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, maccadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu and therefore while I am experimenting with the Paleo diet I am not including any of these in my diet.

Many people who follow my posts have been asking me how I have been feeling, or what is the main difference in the way I feel now compared to when I was a Vegan/raw foodie.

Well the only thing I have to compare anything to is my previous way of eating, which was strict Vegan with a focus on a lot of Raw foods.

The 2 biggest improvements I have felt:

1. I have a steady energy level throughout the day with absolutely no fluctuations or dips throughout the day. When I was Vegan I always needed my mid day re-fuelling to put me back into a proper balance of cognitive function, and raise my energy levels due to blood sugar drops despite my focus on high fibre foods.

2. Greater digestion. I have been able to nearly eliminate all gas and bloating I previously experienced while vegan/raw foodie and no longer need digestive enzymes.

Reparing a leaky gut

Something I have been focusing on the last week is trying to repair any damage I may have caused to my stomach through a heavy reliance and intake on wheat and grains. I now take glutamine and NAC on a daily basis and will continue to do so for the next month to help repair any damage I have done to my gut which will greatly enhance my nutrient absorption from foods, reduce inflammation and modulate my immune system.

I am taking L-glutamine powder (5g) multiple times daily and taking NAC morning and night.

I do find that while following the Paleo diet I have had to  increase my healthy fats throughout the day which I find stabilizes my energy levels. I have been so impressed with the results of my self imposed Paleo challenge that I have decided to continue eating Paleo for another 6 weeks. I am really impressed with how the fat seems to be so effortlessly coming off while I am eating as much as I want I in no way am restricting myself from food at all. I will keep posting updates on my progress while I undergo my Paleo odyssey.


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Tyler is a tonic herbalist and is the formulator and creator of Hermit Herbs. Through Hermit Herbs he provides high quality, medicinal grade whole herb formulas for longevity and radiant health. He has been growing and using herbs since the age of 10 when he received his first book on herbs, and has since graduated from school in Thailand where he studied various modalities of Traditional Thai Medicine including body work, herbs and traditional 10 line (Sen Sib) therapy. When not at Body Energy Club he is often found teaching and speaking about the benefits of preventative health through the use of Tonic Herbs and Vipassanna Meditation.

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