There are so many new diets popping up these days that it can be hard to stay educated on which lifestyle might be right for you. One of the latest crazes is the Paleo diet, also known as the Caveman diet because if it wasn’t available to a Caveman then it isn’t allowed anywhere near your mouth. If you’re not entirely familiar with what the cavemen ate for dinner then read on.
If the image that you are conjuring now is a behemoth of a man in a loin cloth gnawing on a giant turkey leg, then you are on the right track. Turkey is indeed on the menu; along with virtually every kind of meat you can think of, save for highly processed meat such as hot dogs.
Yay! Meat! That means all the steak and bacon your little heart (or enlarged heart, as the case may be) desires.
But man (and woman) cannot live on meat alone, so what else is allowed? The majority of your non-meat calories will come from non-starchy veggies and fruits including carrots, Brussels sprouts, spinach, apples, cantaloupe and blueberries just to name a few. And if you’re curious about oils to cook with or to dress a salad: you are allowed olive, avocado, macadamia and coconut oil. And the best part is that a moderate amount of grass fed butter is allowed. Butter!
So far so good; lots of delicious food on the list, but there has to be more, right? Right. You can have just about any nut excluding peanuts and peanut butter. You will also want to avoid soy, miso soybeans etc.
Now for the slightly more difficult part of the Paleo diet: what you are not allowed. If you were waiting anxiously for the word ‘bread’ to appear on your screen, then you have some unfortunate news coming your way. The poor Cavemen never had the pleasure of wheat, corn, quinoa, rice, beer, barley, oats, or cereal; probably why they had those chiseled jaws and defined abs.
If you thought it was hard to say goodbye to grains, some may shed a tear to learn that dairy is also outlawed on the Paleo diet. That means no cheese of any kind, no milk, yogurt or sour cream.
Grains and dairy are the biggest hits to the dieting psyche, but beans (or any legume) are off the menu as well as any kind of refined sugar and sugar substitutes. Most Paleo experts say that eggs are allowed with this lifestyle.
It seems tough. It probably is tough, but this is something that could be considered for people with various medical conditions or looking for a new and interesting way to lose weight.