Surely you have heard of Paleo Diet by now?
Simply put, it’s a caveman diet.
You eat what our ancestors of Paleolithic era and ancient hunter-gatherer societies ate. The premise of the diet is to return to our early human roots, pre-agricultural revolution, pre-manufactured foods time, when we were much healthier and stronger, free of many modern diseases.
The diet itself is actually quite simple, all you need to do is answer this question:
What would caveman do?
Obviously I’m oversimplifying it, but really it’s not that hard. The only hard part would be giving up foods that agricultural revolution and food factories gave us. So, what is Paleo diet?
Calories come mostly from fat sources, a moderate amounts of protein, and moderate to low amount of carbs. But that will depend on the type of day you’re having. Caveman didn’t eat consistently, they ate whatever they could hunt or gather. So some days they’d load up on fats, other days proteins, and another days on carb rich vegetation. And there’s no calorie counting here.
Avoid Processed Foods
Avoid or eliminate completely all processed foods from your diet. Do you think cavemen sat around in a cave snacking on a bag of Doritos after microwaving their Hungry Man meal? Much of the modern manufactured food is loaded with nitrates, preservatives and other chemicals. Caveman got us here without it, I think we can go another 10,000years without Frankenfoods.
Cut Out Dairy, Grains and Legumes
Agricultural revolution brought humans luxuries such as bread, pasta, milk, cheese, ice cream, muffins and cakes. According to research, this revolution also brought on a decline in human health and physical stature. Additional research has been conducted to support this common theme that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, strongly suggesting that Paleo diet is for our health and well-being.
The premise is simple but Paleo diet rules can get more granular (no pun intended) depending on who you ask. I’m not an expert or life devote to the Paleo movement, nor am I interested in regurgitating what already been said. However, I did adopt the three principles I’ve discussed above which have been working well for me. Check out these amazing resources and articles on Paleo diet, why it works, how it works, pros, cons and controversies: