First of all, you might be wondering just what paleo diets (also called cave man diets and Stone Age diets) are. To find out, you need to hop in a time machine and set the dial for the Paleolithic age 20 million years ago. That’s when the first humans roamed the earth, searching for food to give them sustenance and keep the species intact.
What did our caveman forebears consume in those pre-fire, pre-agriculture days? Here’s a clue to help you answer this question about paleo diets: our homo sapien ancestors were also known as hunter-gatherers.
Survival wasn’t easy and the first men and women spent most of their time foraging for food to fend off starvation.
For starters, their paleo diet consisted of the more than 300 edible wild plants that existed at the time. Those plant based foods included leafy greens, roots and herbs, which contained high levels of vitamins and minerals. But they also ate nuts and seeds which are rich in vitamin content, as well as protein. As for meat, they consumed whatever wild game and fish they could catch and kill.
They ate it raw and they also ate the organ meat, which is extremely high in protein and essential vitamins.
But wait — if you’re interested in trying one of the paleo diets, you don’t have to go out and buy a tiger-skin loincloth and a spear. Neither do you have to eat raw meat and dig up roots and wild herbs to follow this mode of eating. Basically the proponents of paleo diets recommend that you stick as closely to what Paleolithic man ate as possible to maintain optimum health and the proper weight for your body type. They theorize that because this diet is what kept our species alive for millions of years, our bodies are genetically coded to function best on that diet.
The typical menu for today’s paleo diets consists of plenty of fresh fish, poultry and meat, that’s either caught in the wild, grass fed or organically raised. In this way, you avoid consuming many of the chemical pesticides and growth hormones that are associated with factory meat, poultry and fish production.
Another facet of paleo diets is to consume lots of fresh produce that’s either uncooked, or only lightly steamed or sautéed in one of the natural oils such as olive oil. Plenty of fresh fruits should also be made an essential part of the menu.
Since water was the only beverage consumed by Stone Age man, that’s what’s included in the Paleo diets. They recommend that you drink spring water that’s free of chemicals. Certain types of herb teas and green tea are also permitted as beverages in the paleo diets.
There are many variations of paleo diets which are less strict than the original, so do your research to find out which one works best for you.
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