I started the ‘Paleo’ or ‘cave man’ diet with the best of intentions. I wanted to lose weight and, of course, the idea of turning to a diet our ancient ancestors used to sustain themselves seemed like a great idea on first thought. Those who espouse this diet claim it will benefit not just in weight control but overall well being too. Of course, then comes the actual work of determining just what my ‘Paleo’ diet should consist.
There are a myriad of websites espousing the benefits of the ‘Paleo’ diet and of course you can find just as many critics of this diet. I will not try to convince the reader of whether or not it is right for them, only describing what I attempted and what I felt was appropriate for me in my personal diet.
I began my first week attempting to drink only water early morning and snacking during the day on fruits and nuts until the evening meal where, according to some proponents, I could eat anything I wanted. I did just that.
During my second week and on through the fifth week, I continued with the water diet during the day with nothing else until the evening meal; eating meats, fruits and nuts. This is where I gave up.
I found that I can go without eating during the day, just due to my schedule. However, by evening I found myself extremely hungry and had a tendency not only to overeat, but to cheat and eat the wrong types of foods. I found items with sugars in them to try to squelch my sweet tooth.
Just trying to do the research on what types of foods would be appropriate for this diet became a chore in itself. There are advocates for only eating raw vegetables. I would not recommend eating uncooked meats. This would be a gastric disaster waiting to happen. This laborious effort was even more frustrating when I found that some of the foods for this diet I did not like. I have never been fond of most root vegetables recommended on this diet.
So, rather than totally give up and just resign myself to being overweight and having an unhealthy diet, I decided to moderate this diet and return to a tried and true formula of eliminating all refined sugars, adhere to strict portion controls and get as much exercise as my daily schedule would allow.
Besides, after doing a little further research, I found that our ancient ancestors had a lifespan of about 35 to 40 years.