As one of the most popular diets this year, Paleo’s followers are getting shocking results.
The diet is often referred to as the “Caveman Diet,” because its principles are founded in the eating habits of men who roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago.
The lifestyle primarily consists of grass-fed, organic meat; wild-caught seafood; non-starch vegetables (including sweet potatoes); fruit; good fats and oils (like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil); as well as certain nuts and seeds.
See the Paleo-approved food pyramid below.
At the same time, Paleo restricts unbeneficial foods, too.
That means no alcohol, processed foods, dairy (eggs allowed), starch vegetables (think potatoes and corn), grains (bread and pasta), legumes (like peanuts and beans), sugar (including replacements), or refined vegetable oils (including canola).
Now, instead of those rigid diets that are hard to stick with, this one allows for three “cheat meals” per week. So those little unhealthy cravings can be fulfilled without going overboard.
The main concept is, if we eat like the cavemen, we’ll be healthy like them.
A Longer Life Starts Here
Humans are progressively living longer. But that’s thanks to technology and new research – not our actual quality of life.
The cavemen were, however, in much better shape than the average humans today. Researchers say that the average caveman was tall, muscular, agile, athletic and incredibly versatile. Whereas the average person today is overweight, out of shape, stressed out, unhappy, sleep deprived and dying from a myriad of preventable diseases.
It wasn’t until the agricultural revolution that humans started to add grains and such to their diets… And over time, the average person has evolved into someone who’s fatter and unhealthier.
The caveman diet takes us back to our original state, which means longer, fulfilling lives (especially when coupled with today’s technology), less risk for disease, more energy, better quality work… the list goes on.
The only complaint?
Some followers have a hard time coping with the increase in their grocery bills.
Since the Paleo lifestyle is heavy in meat and fish, you can’t rely on the two-for-$5, sodium-packed, calorie-overloaded, sugar-injected processed foods anymore.
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So it’s only natural to see an increase in your monthly food budget.
When you consider all other alternatives, however, Paleo can actually put cash back in your pocket.
Where Health Meets Wealth
Think of your body as an investment machine – what you invest into it, you’ll also reap in return.
Sure, Paleo has some obvious short-term returns (weight loss). In fact, a number of our staff members have successfully lost, on average, 15 pounds each by doing the Paleo Whole 30 Challenge.
But the real perks lie within its long-term effects. This is where the wealth really builds…
Each year, an American spends unwarranted money on doctors’ visits, medication, testing… all things that are preventable. Truth be told, most diseases can be avoided by eating healthy, exercising frequently and drinking the recommended amount of water.
Paleo is especially helpful in preventing or controlling cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), “People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes.” The average onset age of diabetes is after 40.
And when you consider that the average lifespan is 80 years, someone with diabetes can expect to spend over half a million dollars ($548,000, to be exact) during that 40-year period in medical expenses.
In addition to the $550,000, tack on another $300,000 for long-term cancer care, $110,000 for cardiovascular expenses and $45,000 for high blood pressure. Add that all up…
You Just Saved Over $1,000,000
Congratulations, you can thank Paleo for saving you $1,005,000 in long-term medical expenses.
With Paleo, the main concept isn’t weight loss; it’s supreme health… the health of our primate ancestors. Weight loss and disease prevention are merely the by-products of eating clean and taking care of your body.
Before considering another (dangerous) crash diet where you starve yourself, keep the long term in mind. Because long-term thinking won’t only keep you thin, but it’ll keep your bank account fat, too.
At the intersection of health and wealth,