Many specific diets have come and gone in popularity over the years. We have had the Atkins, Nutrisystem, Bernstein, Zone, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, South Beach, Raw Foods diets and more. Some are long gone, others still around. The Paleo diet, short for Paleolithic, (think cave man era) is based on what our ancestors supposedly foraged for and lived on centuries ago. I say supposedly because which one of us was around to confirm the info?
It is not that difficult to realize that all the additives, preservatives and other highly processed and or hydrogenated ingredients were not around back then. The Paleo diet urges people to eliminate such items from their meal plans. That includes salt sugar and artificial sweeteners, iodized (table) salt, omega six oils (unrefined, organic coconut, olive, flaxseed, and avocado are allowed because they are omega 3s), dairy (except butter and ghee which are allowed.)
Beans and legumes (with the exception of green beans and snow peas) are not allowed on a Paleo diet either because they are (for most people) hard to digest. The same applies to starchy vegetables like white potatoes (sweet ones are allowed in moderation) corn and squash, as well as all (even gluten-free) grains. Grains are taboo because of the lectins they contain that trigger allergic and autoimmune responses as well as leaky gut syndrome.
Meats allowed on the Paleo diet are grass fed, pasture raised and organic. Fish choices should be wild or farmed under responsible conditions. Eggs should be free range. Most nuts (except peanuts because they are legumes not nuts) and seeds are allowed too.
This diet is supposed to prevent and eliminate immune responses and many disease states, including cancer. I must admit, other than eliminating dairy (cheese is a personal weakness) beans and gluten free grains like brown rice and quinoa (actually not a grain, but included in that category) my current choice of diet follows these Paleo choices very closely. These choices came from figuring out (over many years) what works (and doesn’t work) for my body. Go figure, here I thought I was unique!