Asked about this diet recently, I have procrastinated answering, for Paleo is controversial.
Frankly, I find the Paleo diet with its many restrictions, confusing. It ranks right up there with the Atkins and Cabbage Soup diet. It’s complicated and I failed to see many scientific facts to back up its claims. My motto has always been eat for nutrients, not calories, not fat grams nor formulaic restrictions. For as God proclaimed:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.” (I Corinthians 10:23)
As for the Paleo Diet, it proclaims, “Thou shalt NOT consume . . . ” these items:
Cereals: Broad stroke of the pen here which needs clarification. There is a big difference between consuming Rice Krispies with no fiber and Grape Nuts with nearly two teaspoons. Fiber is essential for maximum health because it removes dangerous toxins from our digestive system.
Grains: Another fiber. We are to eliminate oatmeal, corn, potatoes, wheat and bread. Confusing. So whole grain fibrous bread is categorized right beside white? (White makes a better eraser than a bread.) Again no scientific evidence to back it up. I, on the other hand, have countless Bible verses conveying how our Lord ate bread.
Legumes: This includes all types of beans, (navy, black, pinto, kidney, peanuts, etc.) and peas with 7-8 grams of fiber. What vegetable would one substitute for fiber? 28 lbs. of broccoli???
Dairy: What? Not even high quality yogurt with all its probiotic properties to protect/build the immune system? If one isn’t consuming 35 grams of fiber on this plan, then how do we combat the gross parasites and bacteria in our system?
Refined sugar: There are many types of sugar but the brain feeds primarily on glucose. This diet should clarify what it means by refined sugar as opposed to glucose. Cut down and use sensibly. Anything is fine in moderation.
Potatoes? Seriously? I’ve written about this nutrient-dense whole grain countless times already in my blog. Please use search engine.
Processed foods: Finally, something I agree with. Processed foods are a ticking time bomb. Why place chemically processed, dyed or artificially flavored foods into your system to fester with other bodily chemicals? Especially if one is not consuming much fiber which moves toxins from your system!
And yet I found under the list of “approved” foods, bacon! Isn’t that hypocritical?! Bacon is one of the most chemically processed foods there is. Don’t tell me I can’t eat black beans but I bacon is great for me.
Overly salty foods: Salt is an acquired taste and it’s found in all foods already. Good advice.
Refined vegetable oils: I agree to a certain extent. Choosing olive, coconut, flaxseed, sesame oils or even real butter over refined oils are healthier. However I’d add canola oil with its essential omega-3 fatty acids, to the list as well as well.
So there you have it. It’s your choice. Are you going to live by strict dietary rules and regulations, as those offered in the days of the Pharisees, or are you living under grace and are free to enjoy anything in moderation? Oh, and one more thing: you have Free Will to believe anything. I prefer to believe that my ancestors were designed and given a diet by God, not cave men. It’s called Faith.