The Caveman Diet

The caveman diet is a diet based upon the presumed edible foods of the ancient Paleolithic era where the foods forged were the only food consumed. This hunter-gatherer period consisted only of wild vegetation and animals.

While the modern version of this diet gives us a greater choice of foods to eat, it is still somewhat limiting. Today paleo dieters enjoy seafood, grass fed meats, fungi, vegetables and fruits as well as roots and nuts.

What is never included in this diet are grains, legumes, dairy foods, processed salt, sugar and oils.

But all is not lost! Substitutes to replace these eliminated foods can be found in a variety sources. For example, coconut oil can be used in place of butter; honey is a good natural alternative to other sweeteners and almond flour can be used to replace white flour.

The main idea behind the paleo diet meal plan is that people today still possess the genetic makeup of their Paleolithic ancestors. Based upon this premise, it logically follows that human biology really hasn’t changed since the hunter-gatherer era.

Therefore it makes sense that the ideal diet for our nutritional and health needs is one that closely mimics the diet from that era that many refer to as the cave man diet or more specifically, the paleo diet meal plan.

Of course, not everyone agrees with this reasoning.

Some instead argue – quite vehemently – that this is simply another diet fad. Nutritionists have weighed on this as well, saying they have concerns as to the health safety of the paleo diet meals.

Many professionals argue there’s no way to determine if the Paleolithic people were actually free of many illnesses because of their simple diet or because they just had a short life expectancy.

Obviously nutrition plays a fundamental role when dieting. And there is an abundance of research that has proven that eating processed foods over the past several decades has created serious health risks.

That being said, you’ll want to be especially watchful regarding your nutrition while on the caveman diet. When eating meat, select cuts  that are very lean and free of additives. Include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and nuts. It is also recommended that you avoid all processed foods and grains. Finally, drink plenty of water and primarily only water.