Paleo diet is the diet followed by our ancestors in the Paleolithic age in the Stone Age period. During the Paleolithic age hunting, gathering and foraging were the only sources of food. All these food items were purely natural unlike our modern day meats and vegetable. Experts say that the Paleo diet is the healthiest diet plan available today and is also an effective weight loss program.
Dr. Loren Cordain, a Paleolithic diet expert is the founder of the paleo diet and the pioneer of the paleo movement. Dr. Loren Cordian and her team of researchers say that Paleolithic men were free from the illnesses modern man suffers from because of what they ate. They did not suffer from conditions such as diabetes, obesity, gout, heart diseases, osteoporosis, myopia, gastric reflux so on and so forth. Paleolithic man ate meat, vegetables, seafood, nuts, fruits, oils and fats. Aren’t you curious to know what formed a part of the diet of the Paleolithic man? If you are, then read on!
As mentioned before, our ancestors were hunters and they hunted for meat. Their meat was of the finest quality. You too can find the same quality of meat in the market today but this does not mean you can devour unlimited amount of hot dogs or spam as they are very low quality meat and full of fats. The meat items you can eat as a part of paleo diet are – poultry, turkey, pork chops, steak, veal, bacon, ground beef, chicken wings, chicken legs, chicken thighs, lamb rack, goat, bison, rabbit, elk, emu, bison, clams, goose, eggs, turtle, quail, ostrich, pheasant and you won’t believe, a rattle snake! So get your cooking pots rattling with recipes which include this vast variety of meat items.
Fish and Seafood Items
The Paleolithic man fished wherever he saw a water source so fish and seafood items were a huge part of his diet. Curious to know what kind of fish he ate? These are just a few of those. Paleolithic man ate bass, mackerel, sardines, red snapper, tuna, salmon, swordfish, trout, walleye, halibut, tilapia, shark and sunfish as a part of his fish die. Under his seafood diet were shrimp, crab, clams, crawfish, lobster, crayfish, scallops, and oysters. The world is your oyster and including these fish and seafood items to your diet will only make your health and world a better place so don’t stop yourself from cooking those delicious smelling fish and seafood meals!
Vegetable and Fruit Items
The Paleolithic man was not only an excellent hunter but also was an exceptional gatherer and forager. He foraged and gathered fruits and vegetables of different kinds and these food items provided him with the necessary nutrients and minerals there were lacking in meat and seafood items. As a part of his diet, fruits such as apple, mango, grapes, lemon, peaches, lychee, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, pineapple, watermelon, figs, guavas, banana, and an orange formed an integral part. In addition, also try vegetables such as Asparagus, carrots, broccoli, celery, Avocado, Brussels sprouts, spinach artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, bell peppers, eggplant, onions, and parsley in abundance.
This is certainly a very healthy diet and our ancestors though not as advanced as we knew what to eat better than we do. If staying healthy like a caveman means we eat his wood then it can be rightly said ‘it is time to go back to our roots’!