Homo Sapiens can be traced back 200,000 years. Farming was invented 10,000 years ago. Proponents of the caveman diet point out that modern humans spent 190,000 years evolving to life as hunter gatherers, and have spent only ten thousand years living in agriculturally based societies.
The human body, they say, is not designed for farming. It’s designed to eat what it can kill or find growing wild, although buying your meat and fish at the local store is an acceptable alternative to hunting.
The caveman diet, which is also known as the Paleo or Paleolithic Diet, recommends the avoidance of all processed and junk foods, as most diets do. It also recommends the avoidance of other food groups, which are listed in full later on. One of the most interesting things about the caveman diet is that there is no calorie counting, and you can eat as much as you want of the foods that are acceptable.
What you can eat on the paleo diet
The main staples of the diet are vegetables and meat. Vegetables will make up the bulk of what you eat, with meat, fish and eggs your main source of protein. You can snack on fruit and nuts as much as you like.
Your drinking is restricted to herbal tea, water, and fresh fruit juices (ie from your juicer).
What you Can’t Eat on the Paleo Diet
Soft drinks, junk food and sweets are all on the list, as you would expect. But the caveman diet has a lot of forbidden food that you might not have suspected. For a start, any hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, fractionated, refined or otherwise adulterated oils. Next, legumes: this means all beans, peas and peanuts. All dairy: milk, butter, ice cream, and yoghurts. And finally, grains: this includes wheat, rice, oats, and all other grain or grain like products and any product (such as bread or noodles) that is made from these.
Caveman Diet Recipes:
Breakfast: the hardest part of the Paleo diet is possibly breakfast, as cereal, porridge and bread are all on the forbidden list. But porridge doesn’t have to contain oats, and a paleo porridge alternative is available.
Paleo Porridge Ingredients: 2 bananas (mashed), 2 cups coconut milk, 3/4 cup almond meal, 1/4 cup flax meal, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, maple syrup or honey (optional). Toppings – berries, nuts, seeds, etc (optional).
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer. It will seem thin at first, but will quickly thicken. It will continue to thicken after it is served, so additional coconut milk or water may be required.
Cereal substitutes are not the best option for a long term meal plan, but this is a great way to transition over to the caveman diet.
Alternative breakfasts include fruit salads, eggs, bacon and soup.
Lunch: lunch is an other meal time that could potentially be the hardest part of the paleo diet, but for completely different reasons. If you’re away from home and forgot to pack a lunch, you will have a hard time finding a paleo restaurant.
So the first tip in eating a paleo lunch is to bring it from home with you. There are a lot of options here, and lunch isn’t that much different from dinner.
If you have access to a microwave at work you can make soup and use tupperware containers to take some with you every day. You can make all your soup on a Sunday night, put two lunches worth into the fridge and freeze the rest.
Alternatives to soup include salads, fruit, and the leftovers from the night before’s dinner.
If you do go to work without your lunch, you can buy a salad or you could ask for a burger without the bread. There are always options if you look for them, even if the option is only fruit. Worst case scenario, a few hours going hungry won’t harm you.
Dinner: there is an incredible amount of dinner recipes available to you. Considering that you can eat beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, bacon, venison and every type of fish or shellfish, there are far too many recipes to list here.
The best thing about the paleo diet is actually the variety of the food involved. There is no need to ever get bored of what you are eating, beause there are endless alternatives to eat.
The Paleo diet is a great way to eat healthily. It contains a lot of protein and, with no limit on portion sizes, is a good match for anyone doing any form of strength training. If you’re not doing strength training it still works well, just eat smaller portions. You’ll need to do some form of exercise, though. A properly balanced, healthy, nutritious diet is 80% of having a body that looks great. The last 20% comes from your workouts.
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