by Jason Idol
When you think of a caveman or hunter/gatherer, the image of an overweight couch potato comes to mind. Right? Wrong. You think of a lean, mean, very hairy fighting machine. Accounts and pictures state that hunter/gatherers were healthy and vibrant with athletic builds. They were obviously extremely active but exercise along cannot accomplish a great physique. A healthy diet needs to go along with regular physical activity. A newly popular theory says the Paleolithic diet was possibly the key to keeping hunter/gatherers free from many of the chronic diseases we suffer from today.
The basics of the Paleo Diet are very simple to understand. The goal is to eat a diet similar to the food available to hunter/gatherers. Processed foods, grains and dairy were not options, and, as far as we know, the cave men did not suffer from their lack of availability. Cave men did not worry about obesity and the related diseases. They were more worried about getting killed by a wild animal. Chronic diseases, according to Dr. Loren Cordain, began to become more prevalent with the rise in consumption of grains.
Here are some basic ideas for how you can eat like a cave man:
- Higher protein intake is important. Aim to eat lean meats such as skinless poultry, lean beef, lean pork cuts and fish.
- Fill up on veggies because they are low-calorie super foods that provide important vitamins, minerals and fiber.
- Get your sugars from low- to medium-glycemic fruits only, avoiding processed sugars. Fruits are a natural source of antioxidants, and their sugars are processed more easily than refined sugar.
- Your fats should come from healthy sources such as nuts, seeds, avocados and healthy oils like olive oil and coconut oil.
- If you cannot grow it or kill it, then do not eat it.