Paleo has become hot for good reason. Mimicking the way our ancestors ate—focusing on a whole, unprocessed diet that eliminates high-sugar-impact foods, soy, gluten, corn, and other food intolerances—provides a ton of health benefits.
Eating Paleo also means more healthy fats like anti-inflammatory omega-3s, which balance out inflammatory omega-6s in ubiquitous foods like vegetable oils and grain-fed meats. Studies show that while our ancestors got about an equal amount of omega-3s and omega-6s, today we get up to 50 times more omega-6s. Among that imbalance’s detrimental repercussions include chronic inflammation, which contributes to weight-loss resistance and nearly any disease imaginable.
Those and other benefits aside, Paleo can feel a little too restrictive or even dogmatic. I playfully call my eating plan “Paleo with benefits” by combining its best principles with a few foods our way-way-back ancestors didn’t eat.
When you eat lean protein, healthy fats like avocado, tons of non-starchy veggies, and "slow low" carbs like quinoa, you signal fat-burning hormones to get busy while crushing hunger and cravings. Whether you’ve been Paleo for years or want to give it a whirl, these sevens upgrades can make your plan more accessible while dialing up fat loss and overall health: