I have been trying different diets for about 10 years in an attempt to watch my weight. My experience with the Paleo Diet has been no different. The Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet, relies on grass-fed meat and on fish, fruits, and vegetables. No grains, legumes, or dairy are allowed. Because of the heavy reliance on meat and low-carbs, the Paleo Diet has been called the first cousin of the Atkins Diet, which I also tried but was not successful at.
The Paleo Diet is too restrictive for me. A little warning sounds when I attempt to get my nutrients from a meat-laden meal. At first I wanted to try the diet because of the unconventional way of eating like a Caveman. However, it didn’t take long before I was back to eating three-course meals. Dr. Dominy, a highly regarded anthropologist from Darmouth College, claims Cavemen were starchivores rather than carnivores. He claims starch was found on grinding tools from the Paleolithic period. This is important because, according to Paleo Diet followers, starchy foods have no place in the diet. Vegetarian, from a blog that takes a stand against the Paleo Diet, says, “The people on these diets tend to carry with them a certain self-righteousness.” And this attitude has never worked with me.
In my home, I’m not the only one who buys groceries. I am, though, the one who prepares the meals and have to think about more than just myself. With my family, protein-heavy and low carb meals do not work. And neither my son nor my husband are obese or out of shape. My son has a Bachelors and a Masters in health-related fields and was a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He says the key to health and weight control is a balanced diet, which concentrates on portion control.
I don’t eat ice cream or drink dairy products because I am lactose intolerant. I prefer salad or vegetables because they’re delicious and they’re good for me. I can eliminate fatty and processed foods and sugars on my own.
Watching what I eat is a matter of common sense and I don’t need someone with a new diet idea to give me permission to say it’s all right to eat something. I believe the “watch your portions” is better than any diet already in existence or one yet to be created.
Healthful Mama. (2013, March 4). 5 Reasons why your Paleo Diet is pathetic. http://healthfulmama.com/2013/03/5-reasons-why-your-paleo-diet-is-pathetic/
Sachs, A. (2014, Jan.7). The Paleo Diet craze: What’s right and wrong about eating like a caveman. http://healthland.time.com/author/andreasachs1/
Skinny Bliss. (2014). Anthropologist Nathaniel Dominy PhD: The starch-based diet is the true human diet. http://www.skinnybliss.com/anthropologist-nathaniel-dominy-phd-the-starch-based-diet-is-the-true-human-diet.html