The official name of this way of eating is the’ Paleolithic Diet,’ which is referring to the Paleolithic or Stone Age era. The foundation of this diet is so simple to follow that anyone can understand it. But it is equally important to understand the theory behind this way of thought. For the millions of years humans have been around, the most of the time our diet has consisted primarily of meat, fish, fowl, leaves, fruit, plants, and roots. This all changed with the advent of the Agricultural Revolution which changed the human diet forever. During the Agricultural Revolution, new technology was discovered that greatly increased farming output and it was found that cooking foods such as grains and oats destroyed enough of the toxins within to make them edible. This new cooking technique had an extremely large impact on the average food intake, as it easily doubled the amount of calories humans could receive from the meat that was hunted and the plants that were foraged. The only problem with this new way of eating is that our bodies were, and are, still best adapted for the food that was around during the Paleolithic era. Keeping this in mind, below is the main food list for eating like our Paleolithic ancestors.
The diet is founded on the theory that our bodies are still established in order to eat the way our Stone Age ancestors did. Supporters say that all the chemicals and additives in modern foods are at the root of our national poor health and the obesity crisis. To follow the diet you only eat what is said to have been available to a hunter-gatherer in the Paleolithic era (about 10, 000 years ago).
The Best Part Of Paleo Diet
Where this diet differs from others is that it’s neither a fad diet or a quick fix. It is a sustainable lifestyle approach, and if you’re staying with it, results WILL come. Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle-building, or just working for overall health and longevity of life, this diet can offer some amazing results.
You can probably guess that the Paleolithic era was not recognized for its take-out. You will be hard pressed to follow this diet eating in a restaurant. Your best choice is healthy cooking at home. But where to begin? The modern foods have come to be staples in our diet. Fear not, a paleo friendly diet can become second nature very quickly.
It is much simpler than you would imagine to re-create the healthy diet and lifestyle of our Paleolithic ancestors. With a few simple dietary changes we not only remove the foods that are at variance with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) however, we also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here is an illustration of a sample meal plan that shows that simply because it’s labeled paleo doesn’t mean it’s not gourmet.
Greek style Chicken salad with red onions, olives, artichoke hearts, cos lettuce, and mixed bell peppers. Dressing: Lemon/Olive Oil with a touch of garlic. Tea/Coffee.