Everyone who has gone through school or college has heard of the Caveman. The caveman lived approximately 2 1/2 million years ago in the Paleolithic era and mainly ate naturally from foods provided by Mother Earth.
The caveman hunted and searched for foods that were available to him in his time period—hence the “Paleo” diet. These foods were all natural and therefore he hunted for such things as seafood, meat, vegetables, nuts, roots, seeds or fruit. Basically, any food that was growing near where he lived.
There are various names for the Paleo diet such as “Stone Age Diet” or “Primal Diet,” etc. Basically, the diet means that you can eat anything that can be grown or gathered naturally—no preservatives and no processed foods.
If you think that McDonald’s or Burger King is on this diet, this diet is definitely not for you.
Our digestive systems can’t handle the artificial ingredients that are added to most foods today. Whether it is meat or vegetables, an additive has most likely been added. That is why organically grown or grass-fed animals are the best types of food in our current day and age.
So you ask then “what is the Paleo Diet?”
The Paleo Diet follows the foods that the caveman used to eat. The caveman only captured animals roaming the forests or range, they only pulled vegetables or roots from the ground, picked fruits from the trees, etc. This diet follows those principles. Natural foods all the way.
We have become so used to the processed foods we eat today that we don’t know any other type of food. For those who eat organically, they are following the diet pretty closely without even knowing it.
Nothing has really changed. We still need to eat the way of the caveman but it is just too convenient to eat convenience food, fast food and just plain old junk food.
The gastroenterologist, Walter L. Voegtlin, was the first to realize the benefits of a Paleo diet. His book, “The Stone Age Diet,” discusses how we as humans really are carnivores, and how we need fats, proteins and a small amount of carbs to perform at our optimal best.
Obesity is becoming a global problem but it is especially problematic in the United States. The foods that are consumed the most contain preservatives, sugars and are usually fried.
With obesity running rampant and the public becoming acutely aware of the problem, more and more people are interested in finding out how to live and eat healthy.