There is a science to eating, and truth in the saying, "you are what you eat." Lets face it: eating right isn't always easy. Your mental and physical well-being are closely correlated to your habits. Even your thoughts and moods are influenced by chemical and physiological changes that take place in your brain due to dietary conditions. What you eat also greatly affects your physical condition! The primary factors contributing to chronic and acute diseases are lifestyle behaviors, with nutrition being the largest influence. Our culture's dependence on processed foods and empty calories is the reason obesity is on the rise.
The graphic below illustrates just a few of the staggering costs of poor nutrition and the complications it can cause.
The Paleo theory is a "back-to-basics" way of eating...it preaches the use of clean, whole ingredients...like the foods our ancestors use to eat. This idea is achieved through eating foods you could pick, catch, and gather while walking through the land...such as fresh fruits and vegetables, meaty proteins, and natural fats.
Paleo excludes specific foods such as grains, potatoes, corn, refined sugars, processed oils and starches. Simply put, if you can't hunt it or gather it in the wild, then you probably shouldn't eat it.
There is another branch of Paleo, known as Primal, that is a bit less restrictive in approved foods. An example of Primal foods: higher glycemic carbs (banana, sweet potato, dried fruit etc) most dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk etc), cacao, honey, fruit juice and even some alcohol.
The Problem With Paleo:
Paleo foods are great for you, but even things that are really good for you need to be eaten responsibly...otherwise they can end up being just as damaging. The problem roots in the excessive Protein/Carb/Fat levels so commonly seen in mainstream "Paleo"...Paleo brownies/cakes/cookies, bacon steaks, nut flours etc. Without a portion control method (like the Zone), there is a point where it just becomes "Paleo Junkfood."
The Zone theory, in short, is a science-based portion-control method. It uses the glycemic index to determine a ratio of Protein/Carbohydrate/Fat to balance insulin levels. This results in hormonal control and reduced inflammation, which is why it is ideal for treating and rehabilitating cancer and diabetic patients.
The Zone provides us with serving sizes, known as Blocks.
1-Block Meal (1 serving) of food contains:
- 7 grams of Protein
- 9 grams of Carbs
- 1.5 grams of Fat
From here, a meal size maintains this ratio by increasing proportionately. Typically, most females will double this with a 2-Block meal (2B) and men will triple it with a 3-Block meal (3B).
2-Block Meal: 175 calories
- 14 grams of Protein
- 18 grams of Carbs
- 3 grams of Fat
3-Block Meal: 232 calories
- 21 grams of Protein
- 27 grams of Carbs
- 4.5 grams of Fat
Eatology Paleo-Zone has backed the clean, whole food movement from the beginning by taking meals that are not typically considered healthy and "reconstructing" them into a Paleo-Zone version. We combine the clean eating philosophy of Paleo with the balance of the Zone, without all the time and work that normally goes into both of the lifestyles.
We use fresh, whole-food ingredients and craft them into dishes that top the table favorites. Our dishes replicate the meals that people miss most when cleaning up their diets. Our food is so good...with every meal you will feel like you are having a cheat meal.