Reading around my blog, you’ll know I love healthy things. I’m currently looking into the paleo diet that’s been around for some time. You may think that the paleo diet plans that are popular today are designed for men. Any diet “full” of meat must be for those big, bacon-craving guys, right? Not so fast—this evolutionary food plan can be incredibly beneficial for many women, too. So on this page, I want to write about a paleo diet plan for females.
No Nasty Soy
There are a lot of nutritionists and doctors concerned with the amount of soy being consumed today. In addition to direct soy consumption like edamame, tofu, and soy milk, soy is being “hidden” in many foods as an ingredient. Soy is a phytoestrogen, and having too much estrogen in the body can cause weight gain, premenstrual syndrome, ovarian cysts, cramps, and possibly mood disorders.
Bye Bye Sugar
Let’s face it: sugar is like crack. It’s highly addictive, extremely unhealthy for us to eat, and once someone becomes an “addict,” they just can’t stop eating more and more of it. Sugar (and even worse, high fructose corn syrup) is loaded with calories, and is a huge reason why people gain weight.
Sugar also stimulates the production of testosterone in a woman’s ovaries, and an excess of that hormone causes a host of unpleasant symptoms: acne, depressed libido, reduction in fertility, and may promote male patterns of hair growth and hair loss.
Get Rid of Grains
Between centuries of hybridization and recent decades of genetic tinkering, today’s grains are sky-high in gluten content and low in nutrition. Grains can lead to leaky gut syndrome, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity, and can dramatically raise the risk of autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease.
In addition to modern grain’s lack of nutrients, it can also leach minerals like magnesium and calcium from your intestines, increasing your risk of osteoporosis.
Worst of all, grains break down into sugar in your body, which can lead to weight gain, infertility, acne, and lack of libido. Grains are a “gateway drug” to sugar, and you’ll have a hard time keeping away from one if you’re still eating the other.
Hello Healthy Fats
The Standard American Diet is full of omega 6 fats like corn oil, soybean oil, vegetable oils, and other seed oils. These oils cause a lot of inflammation, menstrual cramping in women, and can impair fetal development during the last three months of pregnancy. Paleo diets encourage the consumption of fatty fish like sardines, trout, and salmon, which are rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
A Nod to Nutrition
Eliminating harmful and unhealthy foods isn’t enough—you need to add in some nutrient-dense alternatives as well. Paleo provides exactly that, and one recommended plan you can follow is the Half Day Diet. By consuming a full profile of nutrients, a paleo dieter can balance hormones, reduce inflammation, and keep female reproductive health at its peak. Paleo foods also helps a dieter stay fuller longer and the your body send the right signals to the brain to indicate satiety, which reduces overeating.
This way of eating doesn’t require the time-consuming task of counting calories, nor does it encourage you to restrict yourself to tiny portions. So although it is a favorite diet among men, paleo’s benefits for the female body make it an fantastic, healthy diet for women as well!