The caveman diet or stone age diet as the paleo approach is often referred to is the diet of wild animals and plants eaten by our ancestors during the Palaeolithic era. This means that the diet consists of foods that we could hunt or find in the wild: meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens and seeds. Anything created by man in more recent times has got to go! Out with the cereals, pasta, dairy and you can forget the refined sugars! As a simple rule remember, if cave men didn’t eat it then neither can you! This is the nutritional approach that works according to our genetics to help us stay strong, lean and full of energy. In more recent times, the human race has been introduced to a whole host of high calorie, processed, junk foods that are packed full of trans fats and refined sugars. These have become the norm for many, and have a lot to answer for as they have undoubtedly played their part in creating a population that has huge problems with degenerative diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression.
Agriculture changed the way we eat today, a few thousand years ago human beings discovered farming, it was a revolution and we went from hunter-gatherers to farmers. This is where the progression began to take us to where we are today, we settled down and a new way of eating came to the fore. The one huge problem with this is that our bodies never adjusted properly to all of the grains that we were farming and although we are encouraged to eat these grains, our bodily systems are still set to the caveman era.
Many people when they hear of the paleo approach worry that they will not get sufficient energy through their intake of carbohydrates, although this is not the case as carbs are not completely eradicated through this way of eating. Carbs still serve their purpose and the question is not carbs or no carbs? But, what type of carbs? Carbohydrates can still be had through vegetables, sweet potatoes and fruits as they are naturally occurring in the wild and would not have been processed in any way. People are also concerned that through this diet they will gain weight, however as these foods are so nutrient dense and filling it is almost impossible to overeat. Empty calorie, refined carbohydrate foods such as white bread, or potato chips we all know satisfy us for short periods of time before we are going back for round 2! In comparison a giant plate of greens and a reasonable sized piece of meat can keep you full for hours!
Build your healthy paleo diet through…..
Lean proteins: Lean protein sources support muscle growth, healthy bones and optimal immune function as well as keeping us full and feeling satisfied.
Fruits and vegetables: Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing degenerative diseases including diabetes and cancer.
Healthy fats: Widespread research suggests that diets full of mono saturated and omega 3/6 fats have an invaluable affect on reducing obesity, cancer and heart disease to name a few.
As you can see with a very simple shift in our habits we can move away from the foods that are negatively affecting our health whilst also increasing our intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
For most that have tried it the paleo approach brings about all the great results their hearts have desired. Weight loss, improved blood lipids, reduced allergies, anti-inflammatory, clearer sleep patterns and balanced energy throughout the day.
Take the first steps today, you won’t be disappointed!