Difference Between the Paleo and Mediterranean Diet

Untitled2Currently a lot of people are talking about the paleo diet; some people also refer to it as the caveman diet. Well this may be true due to the fact that it originated from our ancient ancestors.

Humans have changed drastically in times of technology, culture and diet. On this particular discussion, our interest is on diet. After the Neolithic period, humans started practicing agriculture hence a variety of ingredients become available for consumption changing our diet immensely.

Paleo eaters argue that as much as our environment have changed, our bodies have not had any change compared to our ancestors with our genes having changed by a mere 0.001% therefore our diets should not change as well. Modern foods have been associated with a lot of medical conditions such as cancer due to the ingredients they contain while they may be tasty and appealing, natural foods are healthier.

This brings us to the popular question, what exactly is the paleo diet?

This is a low sugar, high protein and low sodium diet that is meant to provide optimum health by following in our ancestors footsteps who lived in the Paleolithic age. The basic principle about this diet is optimum health but is also a good alternative if your aim is to lose weight.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking combines the joy of Mediterranean cooking with the health-enhancing benefits of the famous Paleo Diet system. We’ve listened carefully to our bodies and banished gluten, grains, harmful oils, dairy products and those deadly, refined sweeteners. The Mediterranean Diet features an amazing variety of dishes from the sun-kissed shores of southern Europe, North Africa and the Levant and combines them with the health-boosting benefits of the incredibly effective Paleo diet. We’ve combed these regions to pick out over 150 stunning recipes, adding two 30-day meal plans (one that has been designed for total physical health and one that has been crafted for individuals who are following auto-immune diets), shopping lists, cooking tips and plenty of helpful material. Mediterranean Paleo Cooking has been designed to bring a sense of fun and enjoyment into the kitchen, teaching you how to become more proficient around the stove and transforming smart, healthy eating into a completely delicious eating experience that the whole family can enjoy every single day.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional food that is prepared and consumed every day in the Mediterranean area of southern Europe. The diet focuses on plentiful servings of vegetables, whole grains and beans. Seafood is usually included as a staple twice a week and limited amounts of dairy and eggs also feature in the diet. One of the advantages of the Mediterranean Diet is that red meat and sugar are avoided and alcohol consumption is surprisingly limited, although red wine is consumed in moderation. Spices often take the place of salt, and olive oil is widely used as a substitute for butter. As you might expect in a healthy diet, Mediterranean cuisine is high in fiber, antioxidants and lots of healthy fats such as the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Mono-unsaturated fats like virgin olive oils are widely used. the Mediterranean diet favours dairy products such as cheese and yogurt but it limits eggs to around four per week. For dessert, they prefer the simple pleasures of fresh fruit. Beans and legumes are favored, using lentils and chickpeas dishes like hummus. The Mediterranean diet gained in popularity during the 1990s when it was promoted by Dr. Ancel Key, an American living in Italy at the time.

One of the surprising benefits of the Mediterranean diet that is fully supported by extensive research is that it can improve brain and memory function by around twenty percent. It reduces mental decay and promotes better cognitive awareness. The Mediterranean diet has been widely celebrated as an effective method to prevent heart disease and encourage weight loss, but it has also been shown to increase longevity and act as a preventative agent against depression.
The Paleo Mediterranean Approach to Eating. Not a diet but a way of life
Dieting and weight loss have become a multi-billion Dollar industry that tempts desperate people to part with their cash in return for the promise of an elusive and often disappointing dream. The adverts and promises are everywhere. But how many of these diets actually work? The evidence suggests that the majority of dieters experience the initial loss of a few pounds but almost inevitably pile the weight back on as soon as they take a break from the diet regime. That’s why we don’t need another fad diet. What we need is a smart nutritional approach that succeeds in burning off the unwanted weight and maintains a healthier, slimmer and fitter silhouette by respecting exactly what the body needs in terms of perfectly balanced food. That’s where the Paleo Mediterranean approach provides the ideal combination of dietary principles to maintain a stronger, fitter, slimmer and healthier body.
We’re living in a world where obesity rates are soaring and the increase in serious disease rates has become truly alarming. And one of the common denominators for these disturbing phenomena is our diet. Learning to adopt a 17healthy diet is the most fundamental step towards transforming your physical, mental and emotional wellness. Unhealthy dietary habits are widely responsible for the development of some of the most serious health conditions in the US today, diseases that include heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The Paleo and Mediterranean approaches to food choice equally encourage healthy eating as a way of life. There are many well-researched benefits to this fabulous approach to eating healthily.

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