Paleo stands for “Paleolithic” and is characterized by when humans first started using tools. Use of tools allowed humans to be able to expand the types of food they ate.
It is speculated that the ability to use tools to chop and mash vegetables and meats allowed for the development of a bigger brain. In turn this allowed us to be able to develop a higher consciousness and this led to cultural development.
Also, when foods are chopped and mashed, it makes it so that less time is spent chewing. As such, we developed smaller faces as we did not need large faces with large sets of teeth. This allowed for the development of speech.
Early humans were actually much taller than we are today with larger brains. It turns out that we have become shorter, with smaller brains, with the dawning of the Agricultural Revolution, about 10,000 years ago.
With the Agricultural Revolution we began eating more foods like grains and had a much more limited diet.
So our development into humans that are tall with big brains was reversed by this agricultural period.
It’s thought that by mimicking what our ancestors ate to stimulate their development, we will be eating what our bodies need to thrive!
The Paleo diet excludes foods that were added to our diets during the Agricultural Revolution, which includes grains and legumes (beans, lentils, etc.). It also involves staying away from highly processed oils and foods.
What can you eat on the Paleo diet?
So many things!!
Vegetables, meats, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, herbs, and spices!
Get back to your roots and try out a Paleo diet!