The Caveman Diet:
of the Caveman Diet
Nutrition: How hunter-gatherers ate a million years ago
by Josh Day
you ever heard of The Caveman Diet, or the Stone Age Diet, or the
Wikipedia for a little introduction:
modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated
paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman
diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional
plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals
that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithica
period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000
years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage,
such terms as the "Paleolithic diet" also refer to the
actual ancestral human diet. (wikipedia)
more microwaves, fast food drive-thrus, or boxed macaroni and cheese.
In fact, no more pasta or any grain, and no more cheese or any dairy
only what your Paleolithic ancestors could eat.
this culinary and nutritional approach encompasses the entire spectrum
of human Paleolithic hunter-gatherers; just because your ancestors
may have come from a landlocked plain and chowed down almost exclusively
on roots, berries, grubs, and mammal meats, it doesn't mean you have
anywhere on the planet, available to Paleolithic people are fair game
for the caveman diet. This includes seafood, all manner of fowl, exotic
meats, and fruits and vegetables available through nature.
what the caveman diet excludes:
(that's beans, folks!)
(aside from fructose naturally occurring in fruits and some root
fat oils (vegetable oil, canola oil, all processed oils)
diet also excludes maize -- you know, corn.
it or not, but corn is not a naturally occurring vegetable. Corn was
created by humans through hybridization of grasses. No wonder it doesn't
break down like other foods in the digestive tract! Also, no wonder
it's so highly used in heavily processed, toxic formulations like
high-fructose corn sweetener.
let's break down what the caveman diet has to offer, nutrient-wise:
vegetables, lean meats, and seafood, which are staples of the hunter-gatherer
diet, are more nutrient-dense than refined sugars, grains, vegetable
oils, and dairy products. Consequently, the vitamin and mineral
content of the diet is very high compared with a standard diet,
in many cases a multiple of the RDA [recommended dietary allowance].
Fish and seafood represent a particularly rich source of omega-3
fatty acids and other micronutrients, such as iodine, iron, zinc,
copper, and selenium, that are crucial for proper brain function
and development. (wikipedia)
what some critical, skeptic studies have claimed, the caveman diet
can be very high in calcium, especially if sardines
are regularly ingested.
extremist, strict vegan diets, the palelolithic diet provides plenty
of Vitamin B-12 as well as nutrients from the entire B complex. There
is absolutely no chance of a protein deficiency on the caveman diet;
on the contrary, protein is a staple.
think this is starting to sound like a bodybuilder's diet, you're
absolutely right. The caveman diet has many similarities to high protein,
low grain diets specifically used to build muscle mass.
also very healthy as you've entirely eliminated all processed foods,
which include cereals that are often products of globalized industries
with heavy processing. Dairy, which is difficult for many non-Caucasian
ethnic groups to digest, is also discarded.
sodium is off the menu, there's no reason you can't use herbs to thoroughly
season your dishes.
diet is a fun nutritional program that surprisingly offers you a wide
range of culinary options -- seafood soups, crab and potato boils,
rich salads, even (depending on how you prepare the meat) a New England
boiled dinner consisting of slow-cooked roast, onions, cabbage, turnips,
carrots, and potato.
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