3 Tips for better health (Inspired by a Paleo diet)
By Roy Kim, Jan 30 2015
Achieving better health while living a fast-paced lifestyle isn’t always easy. Today, it’s become almost normal for people to suffer from things like obesity, diabetes, fertility issues and chronic health problems. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Many of those health issues are a result of our modern day lives. They can often be associated with the Standard American Diet, or SAD which includes the consumption of large amounts of highly-processed foods, packaged items and fast food. That’s NOT how humans were living for the majority of our history on the planet! Our Paleolithic ancestors ate foods that were found in nature including fruits and vegetables, herbs, seeds and nuts along with whole grains.
Not only did our cavemen predecessors suffer from fewer health problems, but they also had overall healthier food options to choose from. If you’re ready to make a change, follow these three easy steps for better health:
- Cut Out Toxins. Today, many foods contain a wide range of what is considered toxic to your body. Everything from artificial colors, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, industrial pollutants and large amounts of added sugars can be poisonous. These ingredients are most commonly found in processed and packaged foods. So start by replacing just one packaged food with a paleo snack. As the weeks progress, replace one more… one more… one more - until you’ve eliminated toxic foods.
- Replace Your Cooking Oil. Up until recently seed oils including corn, soybean and sunflower were not a part of the human diet. These oils often contain large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 is an essential fat that when consumed in moderation supports your overall health, but when eaten in large amounts omega-6 can cause chronic inflammation in the body and lead to an array of health problems. These types of oils are commonly found in processed foods and today an average American consumes about 20 times more than is needed. Opt for extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil in the kitchen.
- Go Grass Fed. Grain fed cows may very well be eating GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) grains. What’s a GMO? It’s a crop that has been genetically altered to have a stronger resistance against pests which means that contains pesticides. Then the cows eat it and those toxins can end up in YOUR food supply. Organic beef, or grass fed cows are fed a diet that is natural and does not contain known toxins. They are also raised in pastures – not pens. Studies have shown that meat of grass fed beef contains more nutrients (including vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 essential fatty acids) and it tastes better! When you can, choose a grass fed beef jerky for healthy snacks and skip those non-organic varieties.
If you’re ready to make a commitment to better health, following a Paleo diet may be for you! But you don’t have to make the change overnight. Simply add a few paleo snacks to your daily menu and don’t forget to pick up Chomps Snack Sticks – 100% grass fed beef jerky, that are Paleo friendly and gluten free!
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