So many people have heard of a paleo diet but few have heard of a paleo redux or template? So what exactly is a Paleo redux? It’s like paleo 2.0, a more open minded approach to paleo diet. A lot of people have heard or have even tried the paleo diet but to get the best results a paleo diet has to be fine tuned the individual. There are also some problems people may run into when they are transitioning to a paleo diet. Digestion, detoxifaction and blood sugar issues are an important part to work on to get the most out of the diet. People need a varying amount of not only micronutrients but macronutrients as well and the best way to determine this is by self experimentation and fine tuning. Rice and gluten free grains may be okay to experiment with and try to see if they will work for you and your body.
Digestion is an important part of your body’s natural process of absorbing nutrients from food but also eliminating it and in part detoxifying it. Low stomach acid and enzyme levels are very common for a number of reasons. The fix for it though is fairly simple, by supplementing with papaya enzymes and betaine HCL. You can also use vinegar with water, and digestive bitters as well. I find a combination of digestive bitters, HCL and enzymes works best, which you can find in a combined supplement or bitters with HCL and enzymes separately. It takes some experimentation to find out how much betaine HCL you will need but you need to take it with every large meal you have.
Eliminating foods that are you are intolerant to or allergic to is important as well. You can do this by going on a paleo diet but eliminating FODMAPs, and going on a GAPs diet can work as well. There are a variety of free resources on both of those diets. For bacterial overgrowth issues, and other digestion issues it would be wise to seek out a paleo compliant physician.
Detoxification is an important part of the Paleo transition process as well. There may be genetic or even epigenetic factors inhibiting detox. Fixing digestion will fix this a lot as well. Testing for MTHFR and related genetic defects to determine a course of action is recommended as well. The 23andMe test is a good test to look into, it tests your entire genome. A knowledgeable paleo compliany physician can help determine if your kidneys and liver are functioning proper through bloodwork and physical. Herbs and supplements may be needed to help with your detoxifaction.
Blood sugar issues are common among those on a paleo diet or transitioning to one. The most obvious reason being that you are on a lower carbohydrate diet, and your body isn’t used to using fat as fuel. Eliminting sugar, sweeteners and limiting carbohydrates as well as fruit can help a lot as well with stabilizing sugar. It may be due to stress, activity levels or some other factor you may need to consume more carbohydrates. There are some supplements or things to try as well. Cinnamon is helpful in stabilizing blood sugar, but be careful to not have too much as it can thin the blood.
Establishing a paleo template for which you can readily adapt your lifestyle to is an important part of getting a paleo diet to work for you. It may take some outside help, supplements and a lot of patience but the work and wait is worth it for your health.