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Advice on Paleo diet
Today people refer to this natural form of nutrition as the “Paleo diet”. However, this doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head. It is not a diet, rather a nutritional shift. And “Paleo”, which suggests Stone Age times, does not mean that there is a mammoth over there and a few berries over here. For us it means: natural and unprocessed foods, organically grown, free of additives and sugar, and regional “organic meat” only. In addition, cereal and dairy products are not to be consumed. Because these two types of food have changed so much in recent years that many people benefit from avoiding them completely.
We always advise people who come to the practice with complaints to optimise their diet by consuming healthier and more natural foods for a certain amount of time to see whether this change in diet has a positive impact on their health. Skin problems, feelings of exhaustion, sleeping problems, digestive disorders, problems with hormonal balance, and also weight issues and pains can be improved by changing your diet. And it is not just the body that can benefit from such a shift; the mind too can react positively to a dietary change. We have seen this happen regularly over many years.
Einkorn, emmer and barley were the early grain varieties of the western world and are making a comeback. Their mineral content is higher and the amount of harmful substances is clearly lower than in the “high performance wheat”. That is why more and more cultivation areas are being farmed with the old grain varieties. Even if the topic of grains, and in particular gluten, has courted much controversy in recent times, we can say from experience that many people with certain complaints benefit from reducing significantly their intake of glutenous grains. This relates to the fact that some people have poor tolerance towards the ingredients in grains, and digestive complaints, muscle or bone pain, migraines and also psychological changes can appear.
Milk is another controversial topic of discussion. Yet in this instance too, we can say from experience that many people with complaints clearly benefit from dropping dairy from their diet. Dairy products may also be to blame for skin problems that occur or poor digestion. In some cases, we could go as far as to say that milk is the cause of frequently recurring infections.
As part of establishing a natural and healthy diet, it may be a useful exercise to reduce supposedly healthy foods for a period in order to determine the impact different foods have on your body.
Nutrition in the form of Paleo has very simple basic rules:
The following foods are recommended:
- Meat, fish, eggs
- A lot of vegetables, ideally all colours
- Some fruit, nuts
- Herbs and spices
- Seeds and grains
- Healthy fats (coconut oil, ghee or concentrated butter, olive oil used cold only)
- Water and teas
- Honey, maple syrup and xylitol to sweeten in moderation
It might be a good idea to avoid the following foods.
When switching to a Paleo diet, it is recommended that you avoid them 100%.
- All cereal products: Bread, buns, noodles, pastries, rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, emmer, einkorn etc.
- Gluten-free alternatives from rice flour and cornmeal are not recommended either.
- No pulses
- No dairy products
- No industrially processed foods
- These contain many ingredients that can cause problems. In addition, they almost always contain sugar.
- No sugar
- Be careful with oils: Sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and similar oils should be avoided.
- No alcohol
The “Paleo diet” plays an important role in our therapy concept
and shows just how much a person’s nutritional habits can influence their health. However, depending on the type of complaint or underlying disease you are suffering from, this form of diet should also be adjusted to the individual situation.
A change of diet must always take into account the individuality of the person affected. That is why many additional factors such as allergies or intolerances must also be considered. It is advisable to seek professional support if you are suffering from a disease or specific complaints.
You are welcome to arrange an appointment for individual and alternative nutrition counselling in the practice.
More information on the Paleo diet can also be found on our Facebook page and on other websites.