With the new year here, it’s very likely you’re looking to take care of your health or make some changes to your diet. The options are overwhelming: how do you know which diet plan is right for you? Not only that, but you want to make sure your choice is one you can stick with, for lasting improvements to your health and wellbeing. Dr. Lane Sebring is an expert in natural healthcare and is on a mission to reduce or eliminate the amount of prescription drugs his patients take. Today, he’s talking about the Paleo diet, and why you might love it.
Dr. Sebring, what is your background?
Dr. Sebring: I founded and currently run the Sebring Clinic and Paleo Pharmacy, located in Wimberley, Texas. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Texas in Austin, and my M. D. from the University of Texas Medical Brand at Galveston. When I started working in private practice, it became really clear to me that we were in the practice of treating medical symptoms, instead of getting down to the root of the problem. That’s when my whole view shifted. I started attending nutrition conferences, and my medical practice really transformed from there.
What do you specialize in?
Dr. Sebring: I’ve been running the Sebring Clinic since 1996. We provide patients with a total healthcare experience, including bioidentical hormone therapy, HCG diet plans, brain health assessments, cardiovascular support programs, and IV nutritional therapy. Plus, our “natural pharmacy” gives patients nutritional and herbal remedies, which we know are time-trusted, to help them heal in the most natural and effective ways possible.
Which diet do you recommend for most people looking to improve their overall wellbeing?
Dr. Sebring: While diets are not one-size-fits-all, there’s one that really stands out to me, and which I stand behind: The Paleo diet. It first made an impact on me during a 1998 lecture by Loren Cordain. After conducting my own research and really doing a deep dive into Paleo, I integrated it into my medical practice. I’ve seen that it helps my patients bounce back from illnesses, and even prevent new illnesses altogether.
What is the Paleo diet?
Dr. Sebring: The Paleo diet was molded around the idea of eating natural, whole foods, that would have been eaten by our hunting and gathering ancestors. So that generally includes meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It’s a diet that is high in proteins and fats. It limits dairy products and grains, as well as legumes.
Why might people love the Paleo diet?
Dr. Sebring: Firstly, I see that my patients find it very easy to follow, since there is generally minimal restriction on what they can and can’t eat, and the food necessary to follow the diet is readily available at grocery stores and supermarkets. You don’t need any fancy ingredients. Secondly, Paleo food is usually easy to cook and prepare, since it’s using natural, whole ingredients. Even those who struggle in the kitchen will be able to get the hang of Paleo cooking. The third reason is maybe my favorite: this is not a diet that requires you to limit calories or starve yourself. These meals are high in fat and protein, keeping you fuller for longer.
About Dr. Sebring:
Dr. Lane Sebring has practiced medicine in Wimberly, Texas, for more than 18 years. Dr. Sebring served as a board examiner for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and has become a recognized expert in Alternative and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Sebring has been called the first physician to base his practice around the Paleo Diet.