What is Paleo?!

154.7 million Americans are overweight or obese.

The top causes of death in America are as follows:

—Heart disease: 597,689
—Cancer: 574,743
—Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
—Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
—Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
—Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
—Diabetes: 69,071
(SOURCE: —The center for disease control.)

But we never use to be so overweight and obese. We use to be lean and muscular.

What is Paleo?

  • —According to professor Loren Cordain, Paleolithic ancestors are those who lived 750,000 to 10,000 years ago.
  • —They hunted their food and gathered their food.
  • —It is suggested that this diet was the healthiest and the one we are most genetically adapted to consume.
(SOURCE: I got this picture from here.)
Why Should I care what I eat?
—“It is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.” Robb Wolf, biochemist.
(SOURCE: I got this picture here.)
  • —Humans back then were lean, tall, muscular, agile, and versatile.
  • —Humans now are sleep deprived, overweight, stressed, and dying from preventable disease!
  • —The agricultural revolution led to overconsumption of grains which led to overweight and obese Americans.

As explained by Robb Wolf, picture a 100-yard football field.

The first 99.5 yards are all the time Homo-sapiens have spent hunting and gathering. The last 0.5 yards are Homo-sapiens after the agricultural revolution.

Our diets have dramatically shifted, but our genetics have not changed!

**Our ancestors had: No cardiovascular disease, no type II diabetes, no coronary heart disease!**
(SOURCE: I got this photo from here! and here!)
You can compare our ancestor’s pyramid to our modern pyramid and see how dramatically our diets have shifted!
A bit of Science…
  • —Grains turn into sugar or glucose.
  • —Any glucose that isn’t used is turned into fat.
  • —Our bodies are not made to handle such a large influx of sugar!
  • —Storage for carbs is limited but fat stores are unlimited!
  • — ”Sugar causes an energy spike and crash in your system, turns to fat unless it’s used immediately, and wreaks all kind of havoc on our bodies.” Mark Sisson.

Gluten and Lectin

  • —Grains also contain gluten.
  • Gluten is a protein in rye, barely, and wheat.
  • —About 83% of the population develops observable gut inflammation after eating wheat gluten (Bernardo et al., 2007).
  • —Lectins are toxins in grains that the grains have developed to keep us from eating them! Lectins cause damage to the gut by making little holes in the intestine.


  • —Numerous studies have proven we can reverse these killer diseases!
  • —You can reverse and prevent diseases just by avoiding: grains, sugar and processed foods.
  • —You can fill your diet with meat, fish, vegetables, starchy tubers (potatoes), healthy fats, fruits, nuts and berries.
  • —Our bodies are efficient and will turn to burning fat for fuel!

Albert Einstein sums it up best, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”


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Published by Danielle

28-year-old, Christian, family nurse practitioner with a love for health, fitness, wellness, medicine, and the human body.

2 thoughts on “What is Paleo?!

  1. Do you or the studies you found consider all grains the same? For example, I eat 100% Whole Wheat bread, and what I have always heard is that White bread is what really needs to be stayed away from. What are your thoughts?


    1. Sorry, for some reason I just saw this comment! Well, that is a difficult question. We’re told by the government and “nutritional experts” that whole grains are good for us. However, I’ve read that whole grains contain a lot of anti-nutrients like lectins and WGA proteins that hurt our gut permeability. I’ve read that it’s actually better to consume grains without the “outer shell” part because that’s the part that has the anti-nutrients. So, for example, it would be better to consume white rice than brown rice because the white rice doesn’t have the hard husk outer shell part. It’s difficult to grasp after learning differently our entire lives. But if you’re interested in more on this topic, I suggest downloading Robb Wolf’s free podcast on itunes. It’s called “The Paleo Solution.”


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