The Paleo Diet for Women – Eat like a Cavewoman
When we think “Paleo Diet we understandably think of “cavemen” eating his heavy meals and a lot of meat. In fact, the Paleo Diet may be the best diet for women. There are many ways to approach the Paleo Diet. Women can fine-tune this nutritional plan to their individual needs. Some women seem, to do better on higher-fat versions of the Paleo Diet, whereas others prefer less meat and more fruit and veggies.The Paleo Diet isn’t just for meat-lovers and cross-fitter’s, it’s great for women and weight loss, too!
Find here an overview of Paleo rules and why the work great for women:
The Paleo diet eliminates soy.
Paleo dieters say to avoid soy. Soy is a phytoestrogen, which means that it is shaped similarly to natural estrogen. When consumed, phytoestrogens increase estrogen load in the bloodstream. Excess estrogen can cause weight gain, PMS, menstrual cramps, ovarian cysts, and mood disorders.
No sugar with Paleo.
Sugar is highly addictive and the easiest food to overeat, meaning that it’s one of the primary culprits behind weight gain. Weight gain is bad for women’s health because fat cells produce estrogen, causing symptoms of excess estrogen such as cramps, PMS, cysts, and mood swings. Worse is that sugar stimulates testosterone production in the ovaries. Excess testosterone decreases fertility, decreases libido, causes acne, and may result in male pattern hair growth and hair loss.
The Paleo diet eliminates grains.
Grain products such as bread, pasta, and cereal may be the hardest but most rewarding food for paleo dieters to give up. Grains play a role in causing leaky gut, which is the underlying condition that gives rise to autoimmune diseases frequently found in women such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Grains also leach minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the intestines, which can contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Finally, grains are broken down by your body into sugar, which, as we have seen, reduces fertility, causes acne, and can kill your sex drive.
Paleo diet encourages a healthy omega 3 to omega 6 fat ratio.
Omega 6 fats such as vegetable oil, corn oil, soybean oil, and all other seed oils are inflammatory. Inflammation causes many problems for both genders, though one specific problem for women is menstrual cramping. Another more serious problem is the impaired development of an infant’s brain during the last trimester of pregnancy. High levels of omega 6 fat in the diet decrease frontal lobe formation and intelligence in offspring. These problems can be mitigated by decreasing omega 6 consumption and by balancing omega 6 fats with consumption of the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats EPA and DHA, which are abundant in fatty fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines.
The Paleo diet is nutrient-dense.
In addition to eliminating problematic foods, the Paleo diet also focuses on including high quantities of nutritional powerhouses: fruits such as blueberries are high in antioxidants, vegetables such as kale are rich in vitamins and minerals, and high quality animal products such as pasture-raised eggs deliver complete protein and nutrients different from those found in plants like choline, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin K2. A nutrient-rich diet is critical for reducing inflammation, balancing hormones and having optimal reproductive health.
Paleo increases lean protein
High-protein diets minimize post-meal sugar spikes, reduce fat storage, improve appetite control, and help maintain lean muscle. A diet in which about a quarter of the calories come from lean protein sources reduces blood pressure, LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and triglycerides better than traditional diets.
A Paleo diet has also been shown to help a number of diverse populations lose weight and improve their metabolic health, including post-menopausal women and patients with type 2 diabetes.
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