Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard of going Paleo as the newest of the “old” diet trends. In fact, it is also aptly named the Caveman Diet. It pretty much mimics what cavemen ate hundreds of thousands of years ago back in the Paleolithic era.
Our cave dweller ancestors were strong, lean, and healthy. They pretty much only ate what they could hunt and gather. They had no refrigeration or the ability to store food like we do today. Hence, they didn’t have grains, refined sugar, or dairy.
When a husband caveman said, “I’m going to run out and grab some dinner for us,” it certainly was a little different meaning than today!
After thousands of years, though, this constant hunting and gathering evolved into farming as they began to grow their own food and livestock. This eventually led to creating crops that were bigger and “better “and could be stored for long periods of time. This extended to livestock where animals would be fed fillers, hormones, and antibiotics for “better” production.
With all of this “progression of our food,” our world is now plagued with mass obesity and more disease than ever.
It often seems that the more advanced we get, the more we realize the benefits of taking a few steps back. Going Paleo is about getting back to basics with real food – food that can only be hunted and gathered. No, I’m not talking about hunting and gathering at McDonald’s! I’m talking about clean, organic foods that your body was meant to eat. Yes, you will need to shop the perimeter of your local market to eat Paleo.
Check out the clean, one-ingredient foods you will enjoy when going Paleo:
- Organic grass fed meat
- Organic free range, pasture-fed poultry
- Wild caught seafood (not farmed!)
- Nuts (except peanuts, which are actually legumes)
- Fresh fruit
- Healthy oils (olive, coconut, avocado)
- Organic eggs from free-range hens
Avoid the following while observing a Paleo diet:
- Grains, breads, cereals
- Refined/processed foods (hot dogs, chips, etc.)
- Refined sugar (candy, etc.)
- Fruit juices and soda
- Refined vegetable oils
- Legumes (except for green beans & snow peas)