Licensed CRNP Doreen Gagne has served as a sleep medicine nurse practitioner with Chesapeake Pulmonary and Sleep Physicians in Fallston, Maryland, since 2014. Outside of the professional environment, she is a health food enthusiast who has been juicing vegetables for more than two decades. Doreen Gagne, CRNP, currently adheres to the Paleo diet.
Proponents of the Paleo diet attempt to emulate the eating habits of human ancestors from the Paleolithic period, which occurred between 10,000 and 2.5 million years ago. Living before the advent of farming and livestock rearing, these ancestors survived as hunter-gatherers.
Detractors of the Paleo diet contend that the biology of modern man differs significantly from his Paleolithic predecessor. They also point to the difficulty of finding the exact foods that were prevalent in the Paleolithic era. However, many people have reported significant improvements in general health and well-being after switching over to a strict Paleo diet. The website PaleoLeap recommends that Paleo diet practitioners eliminate cereal grains, legumes, hydrogenated/partly-hydrogenated oils, and added sugar while simultaneously emphasizing saturated fats, animal protein, and vegetables.