If you want to know what this diet entails, think about what you’d imagine a caveman eating, and then imagine yourself eating the exact same things. A friend of mine recently mentioned this trend to me, and we both agreed that it was intriguing, that we would like to try it and that we probably never will.
The diet requires that you rid your body of all the present day processed garbage. Then you get down to the nuts and berries, the vegetables and the white meat. It’s fairly simple, whatever you couldn’t shove in your mouth hole as a Neanderthal, you can’t shove in your mouth hole as a homosapien. Simple as that. Yeah, simple being the operative, misleading word.
Edibility in the caveman diet, also known as the Paleo diet, is divided into three categories, Grazing, Feasting and Drinking. Mmm grazing, I’m already salivating. In any case grazing, or what I like to call in-between-meal-cavemasapien snacking, includes nuts, fruits, berries, beef jerky, vegetables and salads. Well, doesn’t that sound like a pet rabbits dream? The “feasting” allows for tuna with salad, red meat with veggies, white meat with salad, white meat with fruit, and finally, fish and veggies. Eggs and seeds are also permitted. As for beverages, well it’s either water or your own urine, but the paleo diet recommends water with a dash of citrus squeeze for a flavor packed thirst quencher. [via Cavemanpower]
Three stages to this diet are recommended, all ranging from two to eight weeks. I’m no mathematician but that sounds about 18 to 24 weeks too long. This diet goes against everything I’ve taught myself which is exercise regularly and eat six reasonably portioned meals a day. None of this sounds right, but those who have been through the cave and back pretty much swear by it. The before and after photos prove the paleolithic lifestyle is doing something right, but as far as I’m concerned if you’re not running for your life from saber tooth tigers, or taking down a wooly mammoth with a spear you carved from a rock while wearing nothing but a loin cloth, then you’re not really living “the life,” so to speak.
Well… I can’t say I’ve done this lately…
I mean our evolutionary relatives were fit and healthy for a multitude of reasons that had nothing to do with their tasteless meals that probably seemed delicious simply because they understood the fragility of life after nearly getting mauled to death by their own dinner. If i was eating pure, unadulterated, hormone-free protein all day while living a nomadic lifestyle, where in which I was regularly required to walk, run, lift, build and kill large animals with my bare hands, then I’m pretty sure I’d look it. So unless you’re living in an actual cave and “grazing” merrily on nuts and berries, I just think the diet may be too extreme — that is, unless it’s very carefully followed and combined with the right workout routine.
What are your thoughts on this diet? Has anyone tried it? Would you try it?