Eat Like a Caveman on the Paleolithic Diet
Typically when we think of cavemen, we think about clubs, animal skins, and long straggly hair. But no one ever thinks about the cavemanís diet and how it mainly consisted of the healthy and pure foods.
The cavemen that lived before the agricultural age were, in many ways, extremely fit and athletic people. They were hunters and gatherers forced to walk for long distances in search for large game animals, fruits, berries, and nuts. Once food became scarce in one area, they relocated in order to find better provisions somewhere else.
The Paleolithic diet or Paleo diet is probably the oldest diet around. Farming of wheat and other plants did not exist until about 10,000 years ago. The Paleolithic Era ended about 20,000 years ago. Because genes take hundreds of thousands of years to adapt a personís metabolism and physiology to different lifestyles, it is easy to understand why people have such digestive problems with the grains, legumes, and dairy products that werenít available during the Paleolithic Era.
The Paleolithic diet calls for eliminating all packaged and processed foods. These types of foods include all wheat and cereal grains, bagels, breads, pastry, donuts, cookies, crackers, etc.. All of these kinds of foods were not available during the days of the caveman. Since the caveman did not eat dairy products, the Paleolithic diet also eliminates foods like milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc. However, that does not mean that you are out of food options. Cavemen ate a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Plus, they ate a lot of animal protein.
However, the meat that cavemen ate consisted of lean cuts. Plus, the animals that they ate were obviously not fed a diet of hormones. On the Paleo diet, it is important to consume meats that come from animals that were grass and pasture fed. Lean cuts of meat include chuck steak, London broil, lean pork, pork chops, pork loin, flank steak, top sirloin steak and lean beef as long as all of the visible fat is removed. You can even eat extra-lean hamburgers as long as they contain no more than 7 percent fat. You can also eat poultry like chicken breast, game-hem breast, and turkey breast. In addition, you can eat some types of organ meats like beef, lamb, pork, and chicken livers. Plus, if youíre up for it, try eating beef, lamb, and pork tongues. Cavemen also ate eggs, so feel free to eat eggs as long as you limit yourself to a maximum of six eggs a week.
The Paleolithic diet gives your body a chance to absorb nutrients more effectively. You are able to give your body a more balanced array of vitamins and minerals. Plus, filling your diet with fresh plants and lean meat slows your bodyís digestive process down. This accomplishes two things. One, a slow digestive process maintains a level blood sugar level. Plus, a slower digestive process means that your appetite is regulated; you stay fuller longer, decreasing the amount that you eat and more importantly, how much you over eat.