5 Paleo Diet Perks for Women

If you’re plugged into social media and the latest health news, chances are you’ve heard about the paleo diet.

More and more people are attracted to it—some, because it’s relatively fresh and has garnered a following of its own, but others because of the real health benefits that come along with it…

And I have to admit, I’m a fan of the paleo diet myself because of the wonderful perks it has for ladies like you and me… And today we’ll look at several of them, and how you can kickstart your own paleo diet!

Paleo Diet

What Is the Paleo Diet?

“Paleo” is a fancy word meaning “original” or “ancient.”

Here, it refers to a diet comprised of the kinds of foods researchers believe the earliest humans would have eaten. Of course, given on when and where in the world our ancestors existed, the precise foods for each “paleo diet” would have differed, so the modern-day paleo diet does allow for some diversity.

The point of the upsurge in paleo today is that by sticking to what the first humans consumed may help bypass all of the health risk factors packaged neatly in most processed foods today… And as a result of tossing canned foods in the garbage can, you’ll feel better, look better and enjoy a generally healthier quality of life.

The paleo diet restricts all consumption of processed foods and replaces them with consuming entirely “whole” foods instead. So this means things like any and all sugars, most vegetable oils, any trans fats, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, grains, and even many “health” or “diet” foods are a no-go.

Let’s take a closer look at why…

See Ya Later Soy

Why no soy?

The answer is a chemical one…

Many plant foods contain phytoestrogen, a compound molecularly very similar to estrogen—yes, that wonderful hormone that regulates all of your feminine functions. And that means your body can’t tell the difference between the two (what’s real and what’s a replica)—ultimately this confusion will lead to an increase in estrogen levels in the bloodstream, which your body translates into weight gain, menstrual cramps, mood swings, ovarian cysts, and other unpleasant side effects.

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Foods high in soy obviously include soy sauce and soybeans, but it can also be found in many meat substitutes (they contain tofu, which contains a lot of soy), many breaded foods (including bread crumbs, cereals, and crackers), miso, and gravy—and numerous others.

Sianara Sugar

We all know how addictive sugar is.

Even if you don’t have an addictive personality, the chemicals in sugar create a growing desire for more—and that means that the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you’ll want to eat. And the health risks in high sugar consumption are legion.

Weight gain is a natural consequence of sugar consumption. And to make matters worse, weight gain increases fat cells that also produce more estrogen! And like I mentioned above, too much estrogen can send your quality of life into a perpetual tailspin!

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But that’s not all. For women, consuming lots of sugar also increases testosterone production in your ovaries, which can, among other things, decrease libido and fertility, make you break out, and even make you lose your beautiful locks!

Besides virtually every candy known to man, sugar-laden foods include soda, fruit juices, nearly all baked goods, dressings and barbecue sauce, granola, energy drinks, many condiments, most cereals, many low-fat yogurts, flavored coffee drinks, canned soup or soup mix, canned fruit, and smoothies. That’s a whole lot of food to delete from your grocery list… But remember, our ancient ancestors weren’t hitting up the Starbucks drive-thru every morning for some unicorn latte sugar drink, either…

Goodbye Grains

You might be thinking, “I understand why I shouldn’t consume soy and sugar, but how on earth are grains bad for me?”

The reason grains are off-limits is because they can cause and reinforce “leaky gut,” a condition where the intestinal lining is weakened, which causes all kinds of issues—including undigested food particles and toxins—to escape and travel to different parts of your body through the bloodstream.

The net effect is a variety of lingering and impairing health issues, like seasonal allergies, rosacea and acne, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances like PMS and PCOS, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, celiac disease, and even food allergies.

But grains can also cause osteoporosis, because they siphon necessary bone-strengthening chemicals from the intestines, like calcium and magnesium.

can you have grains on paleo

And perhaps most noticeably of all, grains are broken down into sugar by the body…which, of course, brings about all the side effects we looked at above.

Grains include things like bread, pasta, cereal, popcorn, tortillas, rice, oatmeal, corn, cornmeal, bulgur, millet, quinoa, pretzels, grits, pita, couscous, muesli, crackers, and sorghum.

Maximum Micronutrients

Micronutrients are one of the most important elements of any diet…

These are all the vitamins and minerals your body only needs for optimal health. By avoiding foods that have potential drawbacks and positively focusing on the foods that are rich in giving your body exactly what it needs to be the healthiest it can, the paleo diet becomes a powerful ally in your pursuit of healthy living.

All paleo foods are loaded with these necessary micronutrients. Liver, for example, is high in Vitamins A and B, folate, iron, phosphate, zinc, copper, and selenium. Kale is loaded with Vitamin C. Spinach has lots of folate and manganese. Mollusks, like mussels, clams, and oysters are rich in Vitamin B, riboflavin, niacin, iron, and copper. Other foods, like bone broth, sweet potatoes, cod, tuna, trout, red peppers, oranges, swordfish, and kiwi have varying levels of the micronutrients that will help you look and feel your best.

Simply Satisfied

As your body adjusts to a healthy intake of healthier food choices, it will be very important to listen to (and obey) your natural hunger/fullness signals.

The best thing about paleo is that it keys into and recalibrates inclinations.

Often, health problems arise from eating when we aren’t actually hungry or starving ourselves when we really need to eat. Overeating can increase hormone production, while undereating decreases it—both can potentially impair mental and physical health.

Because of the kinds of food you’re eating, and in the right amounts, your body will actually respond healthily to the food you’re consuming—you’ll end up feeling satisfied both in taste and appetite, which reduces overeating and helps your body better absorb all the nutrients you’ve enjoyed.

Paleo just asks that you eat the right things when you’re hungry, and that you stop when full. Could it get any easier?

Your Next Move

I hope you’re inspired to try the Paleo diet for yourself and become a healthier woman in body and spirit…

It’s a practical diet plan with loads of life changing benefits…

For all the insider tips and tricks to start your Paleo journey on the right foot, click here.