Paleo Diet or Caveman Diet
A paleo diet, also called as caveman diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
Other names for a paleo diet include Paleolithic diet, Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet and caveman diet.
Aim of Paleo Diet
The aim of a paleo diet is to return to a way of eating that’s more like what early humans ate. The belief is that the human body is better suited to that type of diet than to the modern diet that emerged with farming. The diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, meat, and organ meats, while excluding foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, and alcohol or coffee. The diet is based on avoiding not just modern processed foods, but rather the foods that humans began eating after the Neolithic Revolution (The Neolithic Revolution or Neolithic Demographic Transition, sometimes called the Agricultural Revolution, was the wide-scale transition of many human cultures from a lifestyle of hunting and gathering to one of agriculture and settlement, allowing the ability to handle an increasingly larger population when humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settled agriculture).
Rules of a Paleo Diet
Recommendations vary among too many commercial paleo diets, and some diet plans have stricter guidelines than others. In general, paleo diets follow these guidelines…
Free to eat
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
- Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
- Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
Avoid to eat
- Grains, such as wheat, oats and barley
- Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts and peas
- Dairy products
- Refined sugar
- Highly processed foods in general
A Typical Day Menu
Breakfast : Spinach & boiled egg chop salad with avocado
Lunch : Grilled salmon with fennel, orange & black olive salad
Dinner : Sardines in olive oil and Greek salad with goat’s milk feta
Snacks : An orange, carrot sticks or celery sticks
Is It Good for Health?
There are clinical trials that show a paleo diet can lower the risk of heart disease, blood pressure, and inflammation, plus lose weight, reduce acne, and promote optimum health and athletic performance. Eliminating salt and processed foods makes this low-sodium diet good for people with high blood pressure. However, check with your doctor before starting this diet.
High Rated, Newly Updated Books for Paleo