The Caveman Diet

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

Today a more modern version of the caveman diet gives its users a greater choice of foods to eat but is still somewhat limiting. In this modern version of the caveman diet dieters enjoy seafood, grass fed meats, fungi, vegetables and fruits as well as roots and nuts. Grains, legumes, dairy foods, processed salt, sugar and oils are never included in this diet.

Substitutes to replace foods eliminated can be found in the modern variety of the caveman diet. For instance coconut oil can be used in place of butter, honey is a good natural alternative to other sweeteners and almond flour instead of white flour.

The premise of the caveman diet is that people still possess the genetics of their Paleolithic forefathers and further, that human biology has hardly changed since the hunter-gatherer era. Therefore the ideal diet for ones nutrition and health is a diet that closely mimics the diet from this era. Yet not everyone agrees with this diet and instead argue that it is only a modern day diet fad. Nutritionists too have voiced their concerns as to the health safety of the diet.

Many professionals argue that there is no way of determining if the Paleolithic peoples were actually devoid of many illnesses because of their meager diet or if it was because they did not have a very long life expectancy.

Nutrition is always important when dieting and there is much research regarding processed foods and their health risks. You will want to be especially watchful regarding your nutrition while on the caveman diet. Eating meats that are very lean and free of additives as well as 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.