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Published on July 16th, 2012 | by Kailei Carr

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Diet Like a Caveman?

By Kailei R.

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

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.

General Guidelines

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

Resources

Great comparison of Maker’s Diet, Primal Blueprint and Paleo

Mark’s Daily Apple

Primal Girl Blog

Helpful video on the Paleo diet:

Bottom Line

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?

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About the Author

Kailei is the co-founder of The Vyne. She is an expert shopper, digital marketer and has conducted extensive research on African American women.



2 Responses to Diet Like a Caveman?

  1. Carol says:

    Lost 30lbs the old fashion way..Kept the weight off for two yrs. Red meat once per wk, Fish and chicken rest of the week. Sometimes I skip meat and fish for one day. 25% whole grains per day. The best are nuts, almonds,cashews,walnuts no peanuts. Plenty of green leafy veg etc. min. of 60 oz water depending on age. I had a stress test one wk ago. The tech told me I rock!! and the heart of a 30 yr old. I am 64 yrs young!!! LOL

  2. Carol says:

    F/U I workout five days per week..

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