A Hi-Vibe Take on Paleo
March is now declared: Paleo Awareness Month
It's time to spread the word about one of our top diet and lifestyle influences: PALEO
At Hi-Vibe, quality nutrition is our obsession. We’re breaking barriers here in the juice industry, showing health-seekers that juicing can be low-sugar, high-fat, satiating, and so much more than juice! We use ingredients created by nature, unprocessed, minimally processed, or made in house for the freshest result with the lowest amount of toxins. We love to incorporate Paleo-inspired dishes and traditional foods that encourage optimal performance. Some of our Hi-Vibe standards that are Oh-So-Paleo include:
100% Soy Free
ZERO White Sugar, Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Agave (all artificial or processed sugars)
ZERO Industrial Seed Oils (canola, soybean, corn oil, etc…)
100% Free of GMOs
100% Hand-Selected Fresh & Locally Sourced Produce
Sprouted Germinated Nuts & Seeds
100% Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, Organic Butter & Bone Broth
What is Paleo?
The Paleo Diet is a trending movement inspired by the diet and lifestyle of our ancestors, wayyyyyy back to the times before civilization and farming existed. This time period is scientifically named the Paleolithic era. The theory is that once civilization became the established way of life, our human genes were no longer under selection pressure—like from the dangers of predation and starvation—and therefore we stopped evolving. Since we stopped evolving, the body did not adapt to changes in our diet and lifestyle that occurred for generations to come. This includes grain-based diets, high-sugar diets, processed-foods, and artificially/chemically-enhanced foods. Not only did the body stop evolving to changes in our diet, but also to changes in our lifestyle. As civilization continued for millennia, humans spent less time outdoors, less time living in rhythm with the rise and fall of the sun, less time moving around doing physical labor; and less time growing, hunting, gathering, and preparing our own foods. This is referred to as an “evolutionary mismatch”.
What Paleo is Not…
If you google “Paleo Diet” you’ll see plates full of t-bone steaks and bacon, and long lists of foods you CAN’T eat. Some of these exiled food groups include dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar; all of which are modern-day dietary staples but existed sparingly in our paleolithic ancestors’ diets. Mounting criticisms and misinterpretations of Paleo exist, and will continue to emerge. But when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the most notable leaders in the Paleo movement (such as Chris Kresser, Mark Sisson, and Robb Wolf) will say there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to the Paleo diet; and white rice, for instance, is more than okay for anyone who can digest it properly and has healthy blood sugar/insulin levels. Many of these experts even agree that old-fashioned sourdough bread and cultured dairy from pasture-raised cows can make a wise supplementation to anyone’s modern diet (assuming your digestive system doesn’t fight back). Most Paleo advocates focus on eating as many vegetables as we can. To put it simply, that means veggies first, meat second. This diet focuses on maximizing nutrients, and minimizing toxins; preventing disease by living in a way that promotes optimal genetic expression. Eating foods from the Earth—the way nature intended
"Paleo isn’t a re-creation of Paleolithic life or diet. It’s an ancestral view of health. It’s a lens through which we can figure out how to thrive in the modern world. There is no one way to live a vibrant healthy life. We don’t have all the answers. A paleo perspective is a starting point for asking questions. You get to decide what the best answer is, no loin cloths required. And there isn’t a singular, one size fits all plan that can be called 'paleo'. It’s not inherently low-carb, high-protein, or high fat. Paleo is about improving your quality of life. The goal is to eat nutritious foods in alignment with your goals, needs, and lifestyle—which means there are as many versions of a paleo diet as there are people." - Paleo f(x) Team
Depending what your goals are – weight loss, fighting disease, healing from autoimmunity, or overall good health – you will not eat the same Paleo diet as another. In fact, one’s version of the Paleo diet may change several times in their own life, in order to suit their current needs.
Paleo is much more than a diet, and that has been a difficult concept for the mainstream to grasp. No, it is not a caveman lifestyle…it is every lifestyle from a farmer, to a biohacker, to a bodybuilder, to an explorer. Paleo is all about maximizing your own potential by eating and living in accordance with your design; asking questions, always learning…connecting with your food and those in your community. There is no one way to be Paleo.
Written by: Marisa Moon, HI-VIBE Research & Recipe Developer, Primal Health Coach
Bret Gornik says about his version of Paleo…
“I enjoy a 100% organic, nutrient-dense, and plant-based diet. In order to keep moving forward, the best food ever is crucial. Low Sugar has been my number one key, and high fat; both of which are Paleo!”
Jason Loebig says about Paleo…
“Best Ever. The Best I’ve ever felt following a nutrition protocol was Paleo + Bulletproof Coffee. I use a combination of the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting to achieve peak mental and physical performance.”