The number of “fad” approaches promising you perfect health has been mounting over the decades – stop eating fat, cut cholesterol, take anti-oxidants, pop a multi-vitamin – and both food companies and the media have jumped on all of them.
While the popular fad has changed as frequently as fashion styles, there has been a consistent commonality – they all offer over-simplified explanations for chronic disease and how you can get your high school body back. Fueled by a food and supplement industry all too happy to claim, “eat our fat-free product” or “take our supplement and you will be on your way to perfect health.”
The fact is that people want to hear that all they have to do is pop a pill or eat an “x-free” version of their favorite food. Lifestyle changes like “exercise and eat your vegetables” is not what they want to hear. They want one thing that’s simple to do.
So, there’s a certain irony, that current science is actually finding a common and real mechanism behind most chronic disease including heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions. That mechanism is chronic inappropriate inflammation. However, it isn’t as simple as checking your cholesterol. In fact, the immune system is the most complex physiological system in our bodies.
And there is no quick fix. Heaping irony on top of irony, the solution is quite literally exercise and eat your vegetables (along with other fresh natural foods like fruit and lean meats.) Something The Paleo Diet is all about.
Which is why it’s not surprising that recent research is showing the anti-inflammatory properties of the Paleo Diet. Yes, the Paleo Diet is a lifestyle change and not a quick fix. But real research is proving it to be a true solution to the root of many of our health problems and that’s the focus of our September newsletter. Enjoy!
– The Paleo Diet Team
September’s Featured Articles
By Trevor Connor, M.S.
Critics of The Paleo Diet often label it as a “fad” diet because of the lack of direct research on the diet. However, that lack of research isn’t due to an issue in the science but simply the newness of the diet. There hasn’t been time. That’s changing and two new studies published this summer provide evidence that The Paleo Diet does have anti-inflammatory benefits.
By Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS
The two studies published this summer show anti-inflammatory effects of the Paleo Diet but they only briefly delve into the why and how. Here’s an article from regular writer Casey Thaler explaining how a Paleo Diet can reduce inflammation and what you should make sure you’re eating if reducing inflammation is your focus!
By Lorrie Cordain
Fall is in the air and for many of us, that means a visit to the local farmer’s market to enjoy some of the season fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great time to try a new seasonal recipe. In her monthly recipe offering, Lorrie prepares a unique recipe for squash stuffed with grass-fed beef. Enjoy!
October at The Paleo Diet: Its Harvest Time
When the leaves start hitting the ground, many of us in the nutrition world enjoy nothing more than to put the swim suit aside in favor of some comfy long-sleeves and walk the local markets hunting for all the fresh harvest foods. So, this month, Lorrie Cordain will bring you several Paleo recipes focused on the fall harvest.
While Lorrie addresses the bounty of fresh Paleo-friendly foods, Dr Cordain takes on cheese and olives – and why they are not Paleo despite what some in the Paleo community claim. Here’s a hint: they are two of the saltiest foods you can eat. And here’s the important message: added salt is not healthy and definitely not Paleo!
Finally, fall is the time when many serious endurance athletes tend to back down on their training and rest. There are many good reasons including simply being tired from a long season. The issue is that while your burn a lot fewer calories, your appetite doesn’t change. Nell Stephenson, an Ironman athlete, offers her strategies for addressing the off-season.
The Paleo Diet Team