Work Like a Suit, Eat Like a Caveman - 3 Reasons The Paleo Diet is More Suited to City Dwellers Than You Might Think

By Balance Editorial Team
Aug 08, 2018
Work Like a Suit, Eat Like a Caveman - 3 Reasons The Paleo Diet is More Suited to City Dwellers Than You Might Think

Human beings can almost certainly survive and multiply in the polluted cage of technological civilization, but we may sacrifice much of our humanness in adapting to such conditions…The maintenance of biological and mental health requires that technological societies provide in some form the biological freedom enjoyed by our Paleolithic ancestors”.
 
Dr RenĂ© Dubos, Invited Editorial, Life Magazine, 1970.[1]
 
Nipping processed foods in the bud and focusing on what our Paleolithic ancestors ate – meat, plants, nuts and seeds – the Paleo diet seems worlds away from today’s eating behaviours. Fad, trend and a load of nonsense, the Paleo way of life has seen all the names under the sun. But with the rise of desk-chained obesity, stress-induced brain fatigue and rife heavy metal pollution, it’s about time we started looking for a solution. Let’s consider how rewiring our eating behaviours back to ancestral modalities could enhance our highspeed city lifestyles more than we think.
 

Low Carbs = Increased Brain Function and Concentration

There’s a brain-fatigue epidemic sweeping the city and us Londoners could certainly do with some more brain juice. We’re living in a time of denial, simply accepting our stunted concentration levels without addressing the root problem - diet. When carbohydrates are digested, the body breaks them down into sugar glucose.  Too many refined carbs cause a rapid spike and crash in our blood sugar levels, ultimately sabotaging brain function.[2] Consider those times you’ve overloaded on carbs at lunch and become victim to an unproductive ‘food-coma’. Our brains have been trained to use glucose as its main fuel - it depends on a steady blood sugar level to maintain focus, mood and concentration. The Paleo low-carb approach stabilises blood sugar and in turn increases concentration levels and sustainable energy – it’s win-win.

The Paleo solution: Cut the carbs and exchange for healthy fats.
 

Heavy Metals Detox

Health diet sceptics like The Angry Chef debunk modern paleo efforts, believing  ‘the fad diets seek to flush out the chemicals of the modern world and take us back to The Garden’[3]. Although we won’t be knocking on The Garden’s door anytime soon, we can make significant efforts to undo some of the mass-pollution we’ve caused. Just like the smoggy streets of London, so too are our bodies polluted. MD Lawrence Wilson claims that “from (my) clinical experiences, everyone has excessive amounts of some or all the toxic metals.” Heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead, uranium and aluminium, gain access into the body through food, water, air or skin absorption. Long-term over-exposure to heavy metals are determinantal to our health.[4]
 
One way heavy metal contamination affects our health is through an interference of sulphate synthesis. Without sulphate our brains are unable to eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from our cells.[5] So what do we do? Top up on sulphate. Through a balanced selection of high-sulphur foods the paleo diet offers, we can help the body naturally detox itself of heavy metals. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, bok choy and kohlrabi, are rich sources of sulfur-containing substances known as glucosinolates. [6] These are currently being studied for possible anti-cancer effects, according to the National Cancer Institute.
 
The Paleo-solution: Eat high-sulfur foods.
 
Check out this delicious and easy-to-make recipe by Irena Macri, the lady behind Eat Drink Paleo.



 
Sustainable Weight loss

Little time for a gym sesh these days? Crash diets are not the answer. Sure you might stick to it for a few days, or maybe even a few weeks, but no doubt you’ll soon be guiltily binging on sugar, fast food and crisps all over again! An effective sustainable diet is about working with the body, not against it.  If you’re a textbook Paleo-eater, you’ll find yourself eating a broad range of nutrient-dense foods without any real attempt. With everything from protein-rich meats, omega-3 packed seafoods, plant foods like avocados and a hefty heap of vegetables with every meal, the paleo diet takes nutrition to a whole new level. In result, all cravings based on nutrient deficiencies are eliminated for good – hoorah.

Without grains and processed foods, all the other extra gross additives are knocked out of the system too – MSG and refined sugars, for instance. Knock these on the head, allow the body to reset and notice how the niggling cravings are cut in no time. Hit with a craving? The keto-genic, bio-hacking food experts behind Bulletproof have got an answer to that: “Throw a grass-fed ribeye on the grill, drown it in butter, and roast up some Brussels sprouts on the side. Hungry a few hours later? Sear a nice piece of sockeye salmon with a lemon-dill butter sauce, and pair it bacon-cauliflower mash.”[7]

The Paleo solution: Give your body the right fuels.

For anybody clucking to give the Paleo lifestyle a run for its money – check out Eat, Drink, Paleo for all the latest Paleo recipes, hacks and inspiration.

References:
 
[1] Alan C Logan, Biodmed Central - https://jphysiolanthropol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40101-015-0041-y
[2] Harvard University Press: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/carbohydrates-and-blood-sugar/
[3]Spectator Health - https://health.spectator.co.uk/imaginary-intolerances-and-stupid-food-fads-the-world-needs-the-angry-chef/
[4] Dr Wilson - http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/TOXIC%20METALS.htm
[5] Dr Mecola - https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/08/heavy-metals-glyphosate-health-effects.aspx
[6] Bulletproof Blog - https://blog.bulletproof.com/how-to-stop-suagr-cravings/
[7] Live Strong - https://www.livestrong.com/article/289250-list-of-foods-high-in-sulfur/

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