Modern diets are the root cause of modern diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes. Eating a diet high in bread and rice is the root cause of this and other disorders. It is your body’s inability to deal with the constant intake of starchy foods, that get converted into sugar and causes obesity and diabetes. That is why eating a Paleo diet based on consuming healthy fats, meats and vegetables can have profound effects on your health. Consuming nutrient-rich foods low in sugar and starches, like the list below is the first step in reversing these preventable diseases.

Avocado

Avocado first originated in Central America, but it is now cultivated all over the world, even in far-flung countries in the heart of Africa. Pear-shaped and green in color, the avocado is considered a “super food” which is largely thanks to the monounsaturated fatty acids it contains. Essentially, this means they are full of nutrients and consist of more than twenty different vitamins and minerals. While they certainly reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and increase insulin sensitivity, studies have also proven that avocados have an entirely positive impact on the body and mind

Chia Seeds

These hugely popular seeds originate on the Salvia Hispanica plant which is part of the mint family. Incredibly, these tiny seeds were also used as a source of energy for Mayan, Aztec and other ancient civilizations before finding their way into the common diet elsewhere. Rich in fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, recent studies have proven the seeds have incredible health benefits including the ability to keep blood sugars low due to the slow nature of their release of energy.

Eggs

Simply put, eggs are found in most paleo diets for the fact that the protein they contain is easy to use.  In fact, the protein from eggs is used more efficiently than any other food including chicken, beef and even soy. These are also one of the most versatile foods in any diet while also acting as a low-fat way to include nutrients or protein in a meal. You will also find many minerals in eggs including iron, copper, and zinc which only adds to the reasons they find their way into most diets and why reputable universities have come to the same conclusion.

Cinnamon

When Health Line wrote about the health benefits of cinnamon, the message was clear – cinnamon is indeed a superfood. As with many spices, cinnamon is found in the bark of a particular tree species while it is used in a variety of both sweet and savory foods. While most people will know this delicate brown spice for tasting so good, it is actually a natural anti-bacterial which means it can help to keep food from spoiling. However, for regular use cinnamon is known to have a large concentration of antioxidants which reduce inflammatory issues and risk concerning other dangerous diseases.

Sardines

Also known as pilchards, sardines are tiny and oily fish from the herring family. Some people consider these a delicacy or acquired taste and with such a strong smell, it’s easy to understand why. At the same time, doctors often rave about the health benefits of sardines and there are many other reasons to make them part of a paleo diet. Due to their low-lying position on the food chain, they have a lower level of mercury than most seafood and an extremely nutritional status. Yes, with a fine dose of calcium, iron, potassium and a wealth of omega-3 acids, sardines offer an enormous nutritional value in spite of such a tiny calorie intake.

Dark Chocolate

You may have been waiting for this one; as this doctor confirms, dark chocolate is good for you. Created from cocoa trees, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, and as with some of the foods above, this helps to reduce any risk of heart disease and form part of a healthy diet. Although this does not apply to every piece of chocolate, this cocoa-based delight has a large number of minerals and fiber, while the fats are also mostly monounsaturated. Needless to say, this does not mean dark chocolate is okay to eat day and night as there is a high number of calories involved contained to any other food on this list.

Green leafy vegetables

As you might imagine, green leafy vegetables are a major staple in the paleo diet and we should need no government studies to confirm this fact. From lettuce and cabbage to spinach and swiss chard, green leafy vegetables are some of the greatest sources of calcium and iron in a diet. In most cases, this is because the high content of oxalic acid but the quantity of beta-carotene also ensures there is a healthy amount of vitamin A to support the immune system.

Blueberries

Blueberries are a very healthy source of vitamin C and vitamin K, but most notably, it is said that the catechins in a blueberry activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen. Furthermore, there is quite a large presence of proanthocyanidins which reduces the onset of wrinkles and phytonutrients ellagic acids, which are known to destroy harmful cells in the body. Although they are light and delicious, they also contain a lot of minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium while health studies have consistently proven they are indeed one of the healthiest foods in a paleo diet.

Making many of these nutrient dense foods part of your staple diet instead of bread, rice, and pasta will leave you feeling full longer and keep your blood sugars down.  While transitioning to a low carbohydrate diet can be difficult at first, sticking to it will eventually give you more energy and feeling better than you have in years.

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