Published on July 16th, 2012 | by Kailei Carr2
Diet Like a Caveman?
Whether you call it Paleolithic/Paleo, Primal Blueprint, Maker’s or caveman diet, diets consisting of an approach of eating like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did 10,000 years ago seem to be on the rise. I have spoken to several people lately who are following these diets and I figured I would explore them to see what they’re all about. I haven’t started yet, but I thought I would share some of the info I’ve found so far.
Benefits include weight loss, more energy, an overall sense of “feeling better” and health improvements. “Clinical trials have shown that the Paleo Diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” says Loren Cordain, PhD, Colorado State University professor and author of The Paleo Diet.
What To Eat: Fish, shellfish, meat (some even advocate the fatty cuts), fruit, vegetables (especially root vegetables, leafy greens and other colorful vegetables), nuts (except peanuts), natural oils (olive and coconut are great ones) and sweet potatoes. Organic produce and grass fed and organic meats are best.
What Not To Eat: Grains, dairy (for most of the diets – though some allow you to have butter), processed sugars or foods, legumes, processed oils or potatoes (except sweet potatoes which seem to be fine for most).
Try To Limit: Alcohol
Helpful video on the Paleo diet:
Stick with meat, clean foods, fruit and leafy green and root vegetables and you should be good to go with this type of diet approach. Honestly, these don’t sound that much different than the Atkins, Carb Addicts and South Beach diets that I tried in the early 2000s. Since I would love to drop a good 10-15 pounds I think I might just give it a try. Anyone want to try with me?