6 Reasons Women Do Very Well On The Paleo Diet
OK, put away the pitchforks, get rid of the torches, this isn’t going to turn into a mob scene.
We’re not here today to talk about whether the Paleo diet is the “best thing ever” or “worse than satan’s gross soiled undergarments” or “some third thing that’s either good or bad i’m not sure”.
There’s been plenty of computer ink spilled on both sides of that debate, and that’s not what I’ve come to talk about today. If you want to debate it, knock yourselves out.
Instead, today, I want to talk about something that’s overlooked a lot when we talk about the Paleo diet – its effect on women.
The first thought with the Paleo diet is cavemen, but that’s cutting cavewomen short. Is it good for women? Not as good for women? Another thing… for women?
Truth is, there are some major benefits for women from the Paleo diet. Here’s 6 of them:
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1. You Don’t Eat Any Sugar
Sugar, as we’ve discussed before, is bad for you. A little is fine, a lot is really bad, and guess what – it’s super addictive.
So rather than trying to limit your sugar intake or slow it down, the paleo diet does something way simpler – it cuts it out altogether.
You don’t have to worry about eating less sugar, because you’re not going to be eating any sugar.
That means less weight gain! And since weight gain can push your estrogen levels into “too much” territory, it means you don’t run the risk of excess estrogen and all the symptoms that come with that, like mood swings, cramps, pms, and cysts.
Hooray! No sugar!
2. You Eat More Omega 3 Fats Instead Of Omega 6 Fats
Omega 6 fats are pretty bad for you, y’all.
Aside from being associated with decreased intelligence in offspring and decreased frontal lobe formation according to this study, they also increase inflammation, which causes problems for both men and women.
Specifically, increased inflammation in women leads to worse menstrual cramping. Ouch.
However, the omega 3 fats you find in fatty fish like sardines, trout, and salmon is anti-inflammatory, and promotes better health overall. Paleo Power.
3. You Get Tons Of Nutrients
The paleo diet includes a ton of foods that give you crazy amounts of nutrients that will help you out massively, like kale, pasture raised eggs, blueberries, and other nutrient dense foods.
The spike in nutrients in your diet will work towards balancing your hormones, cutting down inflammation, and getting your reproductive health in tip top shape.
Related: The Clean Gut Diet
4. You Don’t Eat Any Soy
The debate about soy rages almost as hard as the debate about the paleo diet, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
But for the purposes of this article, I have to mention that soy is a phytoestrogen, which is a big word that means that it’s shaped a lot like estrogen and mimics estrogen in the body. This can lead your body to think that you have an estrogen imbalance, which causes a host of problems.
Staying away from soy isn’t a bad move, and the paleo diet emphasizes that.
5. You Can Eat When You’re Hungry And Stop When You’re Full
One of the hardest parts about being on a typical “diet” is restricting your calorie intake artificially. What that normally means is that you’re hungry all the time, you have food cravings, and it makes you stressed out.
That stress leads to hormone imbalance (plus generally feeling super crappy). That’s why the paleo diet is great – because it sidesteps all the calorie counting and just cautions you to avoid overeating and undereating.
The principle that you should eat when you’re hungry and then stop eating when you’re full is a powerful one. Instead of counting calories, you’re eating guilt free. Instead of binging and then feeling gross, you stop eating when you’re full.
It’s way healthier that way.
6. You Cut Grains Out Of Your diet
This is the big one.
People hate this part of the paleo diet. And honestly, I don’t blame them. Grains are delicious.
But they can also be suuuuuuuper bad for you.
Aside from being turned into sugar by your body, which leads to weight gain, grains also have negative effects on other bodily functions.
Grains will steal minerals like magnesium and calcium from your intestines – minerals that should be helping to prevent osteoporosis and instead are just going for a ride on the grain train, according to a study done in the journal LWT – Food Science and Technology.
They’re just not that good for anyone, women included. And when you cut them out, your health improves.
Those are just a few of the reasons that a paleo diet can be a healthy choice for women (just like it is for men).
Of course, if you’re against the paleo diet, you can ignore this article altogether, because it’s not for you.
But if you’re curious, these were 6 reasons why it’s a great choice to promote women’s health.
The Best Reasons Women Do Well On The Paleo Diet
- You don’t eat any sugar
- You eat more omega 3 fats instead of omega 6 fats
- You get tons of nutrients
- You don’t eat any soy
- You can eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full
- You cut grains out of your diet
1. “Maternal supplementation with very-long-chain n-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation augments children’s IQ at 4 years of age.” Helland IB, Smith L, Saarem K, Saugstad OD, Jan 2003.
2. “The impact of germination and dehulling on nutrients, antinutrients, in vitro iron and calcium bioavailability and in vitro starch and protein digestibility of some legume seeds.” LWT – Food Science and Technology. Volume 40, Issue 7, September 2007.