paleo diet

What is the Paleo Diet, and is it Right for You?

The Paleo Diet has stood the test of time as more than a “fad diet.” That’s because it isn’t a diet at all…

In Greg Glassman’s 100 words of fitness, the Founder of CrossFit, Inc., he addresses healthy nutrition as the following:

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”

What is the Paleo Diet?

Think of the Paleo Diet as a framework on what to eat (food quality). How much to eat and meal timing is entirely dependent upon your goals, your body type, and your lifestyle.

According to Dr. Loren Cordain, creator of the original Paleo diet, it is “based upon everyday modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors”. It is based on eating animal protein (fish, meat, poultry, and eggs), vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Paleo eliminates:

  • grains
  • legumes (soybeans, peanuts, beans)
  • dairy
  • sugars and (most) alcohols

The Paleo framework focuses on improving the quality of your diet; you can eat when you are hungry and eat until you are full, without restriction.

Benefits include:



  • simple carbohydrates
  • sodium (salt)
  • trans- and polyunsaturated fats

The Paleo Diet is very high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals. It promotes a more acid-alkaline balanced state in the body which reduces risk for bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure, and kidney stones.

Most people see significant improvements in energy levels, gut health, body composition, mental sharpness and mood, sleep patterns and performance when they transition to a Paleo diet.

This is your plan if you:

  • don’t see yourself weighing and measuring your food
  • rebel against restrictions
  • have an auto-immune disease, mental health or gut health issues
  • find that grains and sugar are “trigger” foods that set off overeating