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Once his dad died, his mom couldn't wait to dump him where he is set to die today

The Essence of the Paleo Diet
What is the Paleo Diet? Perhaps you have heard the term before and are now interested in learning more about the subject. Possibly, you know someone suffering from one of the many diseases attributed to the processed foods that are so prevalent now. Then again, maybe you have a few pounds to lose and have heard good things about this type of diet. Whatever the reason may be, you are in the right place to get the facts about this new yet old way of eating.

The Paleo Diet is a way of eating that takes into consideration that the genetics of man have not changed much in the last 15,000 years. This was long before organized agricultural methods allowed humans to produce mass quantities of food stuffs like corn. The diet takes the premise that what man was eating at this time in history is what he should be consuming today.

This era of history is known as the Paleolithic era, hence the name, Paleolithic Diet, which has been shortened by our nickname oriented society to just the Paleo Diet. During this time, Paleolithic man was mainly a carnivore. Hunting and fishing provided most of the daily food consumption. These animals were not stuffed into feedlots or fish farms as they are today so they roamed free until they came upon a lucky Paleo hunter.

Paleo man did have some carbohydrates in the form of wild growing vegetables, fungi, nuts, fruits, and roots. Just as the animals were spread out so were these sources of carbohydrates. They did not have row after row of genetically modified wheat planted on the back forty.

Studies have been done on the effects of the Paleo diet and researchers have found improved health in those following the method. The researchers originally based the theory of improved health on the fact that the people of isolated areas tend to be free of the common diseases of the more affluent cultures. The most famous study was the Kitava project, which studied a non-westernized group of people living on an island off of Papua New Guinea.

The people of Kitava were living in much the same manner as Paleo man did 15,000 years ago. The researchers discovered these people did not suffer from diseases such as diabetes. Obesity was not observed among these hearty people and diseases of the heart, hypertension or strokes were almost nonexistent. The diet of the Kitava islanders was much the same as early man.

The Paleo Diet was first introduced in the early 1970's by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin. Using the theories of evolutionary medicine, Voegtlin surmised that the eating habits of Paleo man would lead to improved health by someone willing to change to this "new" old way. His suggestion of a diet consisting of mainly fats and protein sprinkled with a few carbohydrates met with stern opposition. The improved results of the patients that followed his advice were hard to argue with though. People with various digestive problems, like colitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion all noted vast improvement and reversal.

Adapting to this diet today has become much simpler due to awareness of concerned farmers who realize processed modern food is killing the population. Free range meats are available at specialty stores like Whole Foods and are becoming quite common in national grocery chains. Improved farming using organic techniques can provide similar vegetables along with organically grown fruits and nuts. Eating like a Paleo man is as easy as going to the corner market.

Proteins are a major part of the diet and should be free range cuts of meat that are naturally lean, but contain fats the human body requires. Free range chickens can provide eggs. Organic fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for a healthy body. To get the healthy fats you need there are nuts, fish oil, avocados, and olive oil.

When shopping, be sure to avoid the processed foods and those which contain added sugar. Mass produced grains are linked to many diseases and should be left on the shelf. Alcohol, starches, legumes and dairy products should be crossed off your grocery list as well. All in all, the Paleo diet is a recipe for improved health and well-being.


He's just a baby at 12 months old. Hidden from the world. He was sheltered by his Dad who passed away. Never given opportunities to meet new people, dogs or cats or kids.

He sat a world of isolation. Waking up every day by himself and going to bed every night by himself. He could hear the children laughing and playing, but never allowed join in. In fact, he was kept mostly outdoors.

I don't think his mom even liked him because during intake he was tense until she left and a different Rocco appeared - his body was softer, wagging his tail, accepted pets, and even took treats gently. Some people are just plain mean!


We are NOT the City Shelter to where pictures were taken. FOR MORE INFO ON THIS PET please contact:
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) at (212) 788-4000
Ask for information about animal ID number ROCCO, ID 44144

Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000 (automated only)
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
The Paleo Diet and Omega 3 Benefits
First of all, the paleo diet is a diet where you are supposed to eat whatever your ancestors ate. I know this is a very brief description but it captures the essence of this diet. It might me hard to replicate our ancestor`s exact diet, but you could always eat a modernized version of it.

How could you do this well? Firstly, you could start by implementing more nuts, seeds, grass fed meat and wild caught fish in your diet. If you implement more of these foods then you will most likely increase your omega 3 intake.

Why your omega 3 intake could increase when on the paleo diet:

• Grass fed meat has a lower omega 6:3 ratio than industrial raised meat has
• Flax seeds contains high amounts of omega 3
• Wild caught fish contains more omega 3 than farm raised fish
• Pastured eggs contains vast amounts of omega 3 and has a considerably lower omega 6:3 than conventional eggs has

Why it is important to get enough omega 3:

These are some of the positive effects that omega 3 is said to have:

• Lower the risk of coronary heart disease
• Anti-inflammatory
• Improve your cholesterol
• Support against cancer, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer

Plant based omega 3:

Another great source of omega 3 that you will probably encounter when following a paleo diet are seeds, such as flax seeds. Flax seeds contain large amounts of ALA fatty acids, which is a type of omega 3.

When ingested ALA is converted to DHA and EPA in the body. These two types of omega 3 are what most of the health benefits with omega 3 are linked to. However, your body converts the ALA to EPA/DHA at a low rate, hence it could be hard to obtain the same amounts of DHA/EPA from plant based omega 3 sources as you could from animal based fat sources. Nevertheless, omega 3 from plant based sources such as Flax seeds are still beneficial for you and should be a part of your diet.

An easy way to implement flax seeds in your diet is to include it in bread recipes. Here it is important to grind the seeds in order for your body to digest the seeds properly.

Why it is important to focus on the omega 6:3 ratio:

When it comes to omega 3 it is important to pay attention to the ratio of omega 6:3 and not only the omega 3 intake in itself. The ratio I am here talking about is the ratio in your body.

The modern man probably has a ratio around 20:1, and the optimal ratio of omega 6:3 which is associated with most of the health benefits lays somewhere around 4:1- 1:1. When regular grain fed beef has a 6:3 ratio of around 20:1, and grass fed beef has a 6:3 ratio around 3:1, then you see why it is beneficial to consume grass fed beef over grain fed beef.


In conclusion, omega 3 fatty acids are very beneficial for you. However it is important to keep in mind that the ratio of omega 6:3 is vital in order to enjoy the benefits of omega 3. Seeds, grass fed meat and wild caught fish could help you optimize the omega 6:3 ratio in your body.