In recent years, there has been a lot of hype around adopting a Paleo or Ketogenic diet. They both emphasize ingesting fats and animal protein and insist that essentially all carbohydrates will lead to excess fat and disease. While many people have had success with weight loss and accordingly swear by these diets, however, there are still many factors to consider when it comes to obtaining optimal health and preventing and even reversing disease.
The issue is a divisive one, as people have very strong opinions on either side of the spectrum here. Both Paleo and vegan proponents claim their diet holds the key to optimal health, but achieve it through radically different means. The Paleo diet was developed to mimic what we were more likely to have eaten in prehistoric times, and therefore does not include processed and packaged foods. A whole-foods vegan diet also avoids anything that has been processed and comes in a box, but only includes nutrients derived from plants.
Below is a video of one doctor who swore by a Paleo/ketogenic diet, but ended up changing his mind after learning about how a whole foods, plant-based diet can actually reverse disease.
In his video, he touches on the disturbing lack of nutritional training that doctors receive in school. In all of his years of study to become a doctor, he says, no time was spent on learning about how diet and nutrition can prevent and reverse disease. The question then becomes, if this has become almost common knowledge, why is it not being taught in the curriculum to those who are studying to become doctors, those whose profession it is to treat and prevent illness? In his education, he says, the focus was always on how to manage symptoms and how to perform surgery, not how to treat the underlying issues and prevent disease from occurring. He says he learned more about the role nutrition plays in health from Netflix than from medical school.
What Should You Do?
I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m merely sharing the story of someone who has experienced both sides of the dietary spectrum, and their findings. There are definitely pros to both diets, mainly that they both encourage avoiding processed foods and most dairy (although butter is allowed on a Paleo diet), so it ultimately comes down to what is right for you.
Want To Share Your Experience?
Have you tried out either or both of these diets and found one that works for you? What changes have you observed, if any? Please share with us in the comments section below, as we would love to hear from you.
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