For those who are new to the Paleo lifestyle or have a vague understanding, I strongly urge you to read Robb Wolf’s, The Paleo Solution. This book explains everything, top-to-bottom, in a thorough yet amusing way. In fact, whether you’ve heard of Paleo or not, I highly, highly recommend this book. It will be eye-opening and life-changing, if you allow it.
Something I specifically want to mention that is misunderstood by the majority of the population is that fat (good fat!) doesn’t make you fat and eating cholesterol doesn’t necessarily raise your cholesterol. As cited from Robb’s book, our body needs cholesterol — every single cell in fact! I hate to break it to you, but carbohydrates/sugars are actually the root of the problem. Carbohydrates increase insulin levels in the body and drive fat storage. Not only that, elevated insulin levels can cause a plethora of other problems, such as uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, alopecia (hair loss), infertility (both male and female), etc. Heart healthy whole grains? Not so much my friend.
Speaking of carbohydrates, another reason eating grains is detrimental to your health is because it causes damage to the gut lining (whether you know it or not, it does!), leads to leaky gut and triggers an autoimmune response (it does other damage beyond these things too). Not only that, grains, especially gluten types are addictive and as Robb Wolf says, on par with smoking a pack-a-day. Here’s a short list of some of the problems associated with leaky gut and the autoimmune response:
- Type I diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Anyway, that is where I stop, but hopefully it’s enough to make you want to read and learn more. After all, what do you have to lose?
While you’re waiting for your copy of The Paleo Solution to arrive, please check out Mark Sisson’s posts here about common reactions and responses to not eating grains, and here to eating a high fat diet (because I’m sure these are questions some of you may have already). Mark Sisson is the author of The Primal Blueprint and maintains a well known Paleo/Primal website called Mark’s Daily Apple.
Please know, I’m not trying to stir the waters here, but it is my goal to spread the word and increase awareness. My intentions are nothing but good.