5 Ways Paleo Helps You Age Gracefully

Paleo is simply eating in accordance with our genetics, nourishing the body in the way nature intended. A diet based on traditional, hunter-gatherer foods maximizes health, healing and wellbeing…and benefits all aspects of the body, not just digestion!

Eating within a Paleo template alleviates and remedies chronic aches and pain, weight-gain, poor energy levels, fluid retention, hormonal imbalance and other conditions aggravated by chronic inflammation, while simultaneously supporting heart health, bone & joint integrity, stable moods, immune function, sound sleep, mental clarity and much more.

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Are Symptoms of Aging Actually Nutritional Complications?

Nutritional depletions created by the modern diet often manifest as typical symptoms of aging. How many do you have:  achiness or stiff joints, low energy, brain fog, forgetfulness or poor concentration, sleep problems, trouble regulating blood pressure, inability to maintain a healthy weight, poor body temperature regulation, low immune function, delayed recovery from exercise, injury or illness…or any of the ‘-itis’ conditions (arthritis, tendonitis, gastritis, diverticulitis, bursitis, etc).

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How Paleo Helps...

The following are five specific ways the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle enhance sound sleep. Further information is thoroughly detailed in The Paleovation Workbook (specific section locations are noted in parentheses; supplemental topic info is accessible here.)

1.       Reduces Inflammation, the Root Cause of Aches, Pains and ‘-itis’ Conditions (Prep Section A & Day 18)

Paleo prioritizes anti-inflammatory foods:  vegetables, traditional fats and animal products (especially from animals raised on a pasture the way nature intended) while simultaneously removing the most inflammatory foods in modern cultures:  grains, sugar, dairy, additives, legumes and alcohol. This combination naturally reduces symptoms of system-wide inflammation that are often accepted as normal aging.

2.       Establishes Healthy Weight Control (Prep Section G & Days 24 & 27)

Paleo stimulates fat-burning metabolism by increasing healthy fat intake while eliminating foods that stimulate fat storage (particularly sugar and grains). This not only mobilizes body fat for energy, it improves digestion, reduces inflammation, restores hormonal balance and helps manage carb cravings, all of which contribute to healthy weight management.

3.       Balances Hormones to Improve Sleep, Energy, Immune Function and More (Prep Section F & Days 11–13)

Stressors of all sorts are abundant within the modern lifestyle, including difficult-to-digest foods. Unmanaged stress triggers the hormone, cortisol, which overrides many normal hormonal functions including proper hunger cues, blood sugar regulation, sleep cycle, thyroid hormone (controls metabolism), bone building, etc. Paleo drastically reduces stress to the body’s digestive system and subdues cortisol to allow restoration of other hormonal functions.

4.       Staple Foods Have Anti-Wrinkle Properties (Days 2, 3 & 6)

Two factors that contribute to wrinkles and sagging skin are oxidative damage from free-radicals and lack of appropriate building blocks for healthy cells (everywhere in the body, not just the skin). Paleo staple foods include anti-oxidant rich vegetables to combat and minimize damage from oxidation, hard-to-find proteins such as collagen (abundant in skin, connective tissue and bone…a main component of homemade bone broth) and healthy fats to build stable cell membranes.

5.       Bioavailable Forms of Bone-Building Components to Prevent Osteoporosis (Prep Section E & Days 8 & 16)

Bone integrity is not simply about taking more calcium. There are many other minerals, vitamins, proteins and fats involved in the bone-building process. Paleo focuses on abundant vegetables which not only supply ample calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, boron and other bone minerals. Plus, Paleo also removes foods that interfere with mineral absorption. Using bone broth as a staple food provides hard-to-attain collagen and glucosamine proteins, both of which are crucial to building bone matrix. And finally, an emphasis on naturally fatty foods provide EPA and DHA (omega-3 fats) necessary for bone marrow integrity as well as fat-soluble vitamins K2 and D3 for proper calcium metabolism. 

 

There Is No Catch! Simply Eating Paleo Naturally Induces Proper Body Function.

 

Just 2-3 weeks eating Paleo is enough to clearly perceive vast improvement in health and vitality. The best news is health benefits emerge solely from conscientious food choice:  just eliminate inflammatory foods and emphasize restorative, traditional foods. There are no expensive powders, specially-formulated products or endless exercise routines necessary

The body already has the innate ability to heal – Paleo creates the ideal set of circumstances to foster and sustain this natural healing.

How Do I Start?

Individuals new to Paleo often appreciate assistance identifying typical inflammatory foods, sifting through abundant Paleo resources, finding easy-to-understand information and staying prepared. This is the basis of The Paleovation Workbook:  It’s like having a trusted mentor support the reader each day.   

The Paleovation Workbook details the Why's and How's for healthy, long-term diet change

This workbook is arranged in easy-to-read, daily sections designed to keep the reader informed and organized. Each day reinforces the commitment to dietary change by explaining specifically why these diet changes improve health as well as how to implement them, loaded with ideas for snacks, recipes, socializing, practical planning assistance.

Substantial information is compiled in an easy-to-read “bottom-line” format with charts, checklists, templates and practice exercises. Additionally, to build a balanced approach to lifestyle modification, information includes other pillars of health such as stress management, sleep tips, sensible exercise and more:

Informative Topics:     

  • Destructive nature of sugar and starch

  • Fat facts – the good, bad and ugly

  • Problems with modern foods

  • Chronic inflammation and its complications

  • Cholesterol and heart disease

  • Autoimmune support

  • Gut health and probiotics

  • Detrimental effects of stress

  • Smart nutritional supplementation

How-To Topics:

  • Stock a Paleo kitchen

  • Generate meal ideas and recipe resources

  • Manage food cravings

  • Enhance fat-burning metabolism

  • Substitute non-Paleo foods

  • Devise strategies for social situations

  • Promote deep sleep

  • Break through a weight loss plateau

  • Solidify long-term dietary success

The advantage of this workbook is it teaches the reader what to do AND how to do it, ultimately increasing odds of lasting success.

Develop a Personalized Dietary Template

Elimination diets are commonly used to test for food allergies or sensitivities. The method is simple, just avoid specific irritating foods for a set period of time, then carefully reinstate them to observe personal tolerance levels. Participants learn to connect the dots between their trigger foods and symptoms of inflammation within their bodies.

The Paleovation Workbook walks the reader through a 4-week elimination diet and reintroduction period. The beauty is that there are no cookie-cutter results – each person reveals a customized list of well-tolerated foods. In the long run, this knowledge is used to formulate a personalized, flexible approach to dietary success.

The Paleovation Workbook provides the framework to stay informed, motivated and accountable during the Paleo transition and beyond.

Cheers to your renewed health and vitality!

Rachel & Kelly