Why B’yond Paleo?
It is impossible to eat a paleo diet today.
Our foods have changed and for the worse.
Fruits and vegetables are bigger, sweeter, have more bad sugars or simple starches; they have lost their fibre content and have depleted levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti-allergens, good sugars, adaptogens, enzymes and enzyme regulators, minerals and more.
Many are also loaded with glyphosate and other synthetic chemicals absorbed from the hydroponics-in-the-ground agriculture of today but totally foreign to good nutrition.
Domesticate meats are high in saturated fats and raise inflammatory markers in the blood far higher and longer than game meats.
Wild animal organ meats contain vitamin C and other functional ingredients. For example, emu oil from farmed birds fed cultivated corn and grains lacks the medicinal benefits of wild emu oil. Even our seafood is now loaded with microscopic particles of plastics now choking our waterways and even found far out to sea. And this doesn’t consider the pesticide residues and other chemicals passed up food chains and into our food.
Why our Plan for weight loss is unique
We have gone B’yond paleo with our weight loss plan and studied the diets of hunter-gatherers and proto-farmers and primarily, traditional Indigenous Australians.
A recent survey of 181 hunter-gatherer communities around the world gave the food energy contribution as 65% from meats and seafood and the remainder from plants. Interestingly, none of these cultures relied on grains or pulses as significant foods.
In Australia, traditional Aborigines relied on between 150 and 650 different foods over the year and their quality was far higher than modern foods.
In contrast, agrarian cultures (including our modern one) are founded on a basic 9 staples – wheat, corn (maize), rice, sorghum/millet, barley, sugarcane, soybeans, potatoes, sweet potato/yams – which provide 75% of the plant food energy in our diet. Additionally, cane or beet sugar is a common additive to the other staples when food is processed and provides little else but empty calories and the bad sugar, fructose.
So what is a healthy diet?
Most nutritionists define a healthy, balanced diet as one short on saturated fats and refined sugar and long on the carbohydrates they call natural - fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and cereals.
We disagree with the concept of ‘good carbs’ from fruits and vegetables because sucrose is sucrose, refined or not. We are breeding sucrose (and boosting fructose content) into most of our fruits and many of our vegetables while dietary fibre is being bred out and watery, sugary and nutrient-dilute foods are the result.
Our 'starchy' carbs are also compromised. Wild equivalents to the potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, water chestnuts and so on were quite different to the simple starches, low fibre and low micro-nutrient 'foods' we have on offer today. Wild yams (Dioscorea species) are deliciously chewy when roasted on or under the coals of an open fire. Sure, some such as the cheeky yam, might not be acceptable today because they retained a slight bitterness even after grating and leeching in running water over-night. However, bitterness is a digestive stimulant so who knows what we are missing out on by avoiding cheeky yams for breakfast.
Wild water chestnuts are a real favourite of mine. Dig up the tubers from a tropical swamp and roast them. Peel and enjoy this almost rich, chewy carb which we now know is loaded with slow release starches. It is filling, extremely good for you and absolutely delicious. Now go and open a tin of pre-peeled, preserved water chestnuts and crunch into the watery, flavourless apple-like junk food. It may as well be Styrofoam.
Even some captive reared animal meats should be avoided or consumed rarely eg grain fed beef, emu, chicken, turkey, pork, geese, duck, squab, spitchcock, quail and so on.
However, the real story on wild foods is their superior levels of micro-nutrients.
One theory of why we tend to over-eat on modern foods is that our bodies are instinctively ‘hunting’ for these important nutrients.
We are not calorie starved.
We are micro-nutrient deficient and our instinct is to keep eating until our metabolism is supplied with the micro-nutrients it craves. Unfortunately, the more rubbish food we consume, the more we end up being over-nourished with fats (good and bad), calories and chemical additives.
So, How do I Lose Weight, You Might Ask?
The paleo concept is right in that the closer your food is to being wild the better it will be for you. If only you can find wild foods.
The inclusion of L.I.F.E.™ to the high protein Dukan weightloss method provides the micro-nutrients we need to lower blood sugars; to normalize blood pressure; and counteract the many inflammation inducers which are part of our modern lifestyle. Additionally, the micro-nutrients in LIFE go a long way to help maintain muscle mass while we metabolize body stores of fat and also help our digestion of the protein load.
Our Slim’n Sticks™ also have that wild quality. There is the convenience of cooking ‘speared’ foods; their range of ‘wild’ tastes; and in the delivery of functional flavours for a healthy outcome. They are an option to the program but do make preparing proteins so much easier.
You will find Slim’n Sticks™ add convenience to preparing real food and you won't have to take on a drastically new food repertoire.
Instead you'll have the simplest of concepts to follow, along with access to foods that your body was meant to have. You'll also be thrilled with the weight you’ll lose, your improved energy and wellbeing and importantly, the psychological support in maintaining a positive attitude to food.