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Thiel: A new book that shows pathway to healthy eating

For the last decade I have read on average 10 to 15 books a year on lifestyle, health, supplementation, diet and nutrition and overall wellness and all the things that can contribute to or take away from it.

There’s a lot of junk out there that can steer the well-meaning reader into a labyrinth of ‘should and should nots’.

I’ve recently come across a book that I’m so impressed by that I’m telling all my patients and those I care about. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read on the topic.

This book has a great understanding of not only our true nutritional needs with respect to our cellular biology but it’s very basic principles are ridiculously easy to apply.

If you’re someone who constantly suffers from lethargy, achiness, bloating, weight gain, abdominal discomfort and just overall feeling very tired of feeling crappy for so long, then this book is for you.

Many of my patients have already incorporated its principles and 100 per cent of them absolutely loved the results that have ensued.

The book is called The Paleo Diet by Dr. Lorne Cordain, who is a member of the faculty of the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University.

During the past two decades he has researched the effects of diet on human health and specifically examined links between modern diets and disease. This is one of the few books that will truly change your life.

In essence, the Paleo Diet is about eating real food. Palaeolithic man evolved for over three million years. During that time his diet stayed essentially the same. Therefore, his physiology and genetic makeup supported that diet.

We have only been farming and raising livestock on a large-scale basis for the last 10,000 years.

We have been spraying chemicals and medicating our livestock for less than 100 years. Our genetic makeup is made to support that of the Paleolithic diet not the one where inundated with today.

Our body simply is just not made up to process food that is mass-produced and overly refined.

The diet of the Paleolithic man was not out of meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs, seeds and nuts. It did not include in any form grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, salt, artificial flavoring, preservatives, pesticides or alcohol. In fact, an overwhelming body of evidence has demonstrated that dairy and grains are directly related to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, type II diabetes, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and cancer.

If this is something you’re interested in take three weeks to transition into it. The first week cut out dairy entirely. The second week remove dairy and grains in the third week remove grains and sugars and dairy entirely.

It’s a very simple thing to do.

It doesn’t cost you anything more than you’re already spending—in fact, you’ll find it will be cheaper on your grocery budget.

Redundantly, it is simplicity in its simplest form. Just eat real food.

It is what we are genetically made to eat. We have been evolving into this present form for over three million years, yet our diet choices have changed drastically only in the last 10,000 years.

We simply are not made to drink soda or any of this overly refined foods that we find so readily available today. If you’re tired of being tired or unhappy with your overall health status and feeling older than your years, now is your time to turn over a new leaf. In addition to his book, Cordain also wrote a cookbook that is simple to follow. The food is fantastic, you feel great, you lose an enormous amount of weight you no longer need, you sleep better, you think better. You live better.

Don’t you deserve that? We can live with the pain of discipline with the pain of disappointment However, each one has very different outcomes. Choose to live.

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