Keeping up with the eating habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors can be tough. Luckily someone has slapped together a handy flowchart for you to reference if you've hopped on the latest diet-craze bandwagon, the Paleo diet.
Based on the idea that our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn't suffer from the pains of obesity, cancer, gout and other modern woes, the diet prohibits anything that didn't make up the human diet prior to the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago. That cuts out dairy, grains, sugars and legumes, as well as all delicious processed foods.
But unless you happen to be an expert in pre-Neolithic living or are subsisting strictly off the bounty of your personal forest, you may be a bit rusty on what a caveman would or wouldn't eat. Or what a rock looks like.
So here is your reminder that corn is a grain, peanuts are not really nuts and some oils may kill you.
Hopefully the unknown source will follow up with another edition, "Is my butter grass fed?"
But like - hasn't this "Paleo diet" thing been disproven to death?
Like, our paleo-ancestors did eat grains, knucklehead... ;-)
I think the idea is that humans lived healthier (grew taller, were more fit) before we started farming and settled down in villages. Though I wonder if it was because of our diet or more our way of living. :P
"...Hopefully the unknown source will follow up with another edition, "Is my butter grass fed?"...".
~ Shaunacy Ferro
@Michael316pp, the only problem with your assumption is that is exaclty backwards from whats actually happening. Humans have increased in height since the industrial revolution primarily due to better nutrition. Scientific American has a great article covering it called "Why are we getting taller as a species". I won't argue with the fitness side. Technology has decreased everyones need/desire to get up and move.
@ajohnson1986: Reread what Michael316pp actually posted. He is correct -- paleolithic (early stone-age hunter-gatherers) people were taller than neolithic (late stone age) farmers.
Any decent nutritionist will tell you that paleo isn't a complete answer. And there's some debate on whether humans ate meat that much, anyway.
But, it's the closest thing to a good diet that has a name. Grains are basically evil, but some of the other stuff is a bit overboard. Dairy is a great addition to a diet, if you can handle it, for example.
The thing about humans getting better nutrition is true, but it's also true that we can eat what we're best at digesting in a variety that gives us more than enough nutrition. We can eat salads piled high with grilled chicken and all sorts of exotic fruits and vegetables every day.
“Based on the idea that our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn't suffer from the pains of obesity, cancer, gout and other modern woes, the diet prohibits anything that didn't make up the human diet prior to the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago.”
There is another part to the health equation that is not being given equal time in this and many other articles. Well, it is an article about a diet but exercise also plays a role. Lets not forget that Og the caveman walked everywhere and, when he was trying to get his dinner, he had to often deal with his dinner trying to get away. There was no trip to the local market to increase the icebox stash at that time.
Exercise…it is a unpopular word but someone has to say it. From what I myself have experienced if one has a very active and sports/exercise orientated lifestyle, the diet plays more of a minor role in all the afflictions (such as obesity and pains) associated with modern living.
I do like the flowchart though
Neanderthal man or recent man, who lives off the land, did not sit on his a#s and this is known to have a positive health effect.
There is no question that the Paleo diet is the healthy way to go as grains, dairy, etc. lead to obesity, disorders and diseases - ailments that did not exist until the agricultural revolution.
I exercise 5 days/wk and eat hunter gatherer diet (paleo). So in 80+ years I will check in and let you know how I am feeling .
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If anyone is interested...the diet works.
I did a simplified version because I love food too much, but I cut out dairy and gluten, and watched my calorie intake. Lost 12 pounds in 1 and 1/2 months. Didn't even do cardio throughout the diet. However, it is important to note for anyone who wants to try it, that it is a lifestyle choice. As soon as you go off the diet you start gaining the weight back pretty fast. It is remarkable how cutting gluten out of your diet can make a difference though...
@TheKID11: Unless you have a sensitivity to gluten (especially celiac disease), the gluten (which is a protein) isn't causing the weight gain. The carbohydrates that usually accompany gluten are the problem.
I don't think the "paleo diet" is particularly healthy. There are still tribes that live of it. Eg. the San - Bushmen in the Kalahari. For one, they are definitely not tall and I doubt they are all that healthy either. But they follow an antelope till it gives up with exhaustion and they gather all sorts of roots and plants they find in the semi desert they live in. Frequently they must be going hungry. But then they only "work" 18 hours a week, and much of the rest of the time they play with their kids. I am sure that as long as you eat a little of everything and balance energy input with output, and are not more than 10 % overweight you live quite healthy.
Yes, absolutely. It is essentially a mild version of the atkins diet. By cutting out gluten you are losing the weight because you are limiting the amount of carbs you eat.
Paleo is absolutely nothing like the atkins diet. In fact, they are in completely different categories. Atkins diet is a weight loss diet where you follow measurements and a regiment in the hopes of reaching ketosis. The paleo diet is a lifestyle of eliminating unnatural and processed foods regardless if you want to lose, gain or just live a healthy life.
If your going to back up wheat, gluten or dairy, then at least recognize the rudimentary facts -
1)there are better sources of fiber, calcium, etc in other foods.
2)for all diseases/conditions, the foods that doctors recommend eliminating are wheat, gluten and dairy.
3)its no longer speculation - wheat, gluten and dairy trigger an autoimmune response and lead to a multitude of illnesses.
4)Children, from birth and throughout development are much healthier when eliminating wheat gluten and dairy. In fact, most babies cant digest wheat gluten or dairy because they lack the necessary enzymes.