There are certain races of people existing in the world who are slim, strong and fast. Diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity are utter rarities for them (if they have ever even heard of it). The people that I speak of belong to the few hunter-gatherer tribes that are left in the world. Their diet is that which humans evolved on and the one which our bodies were built to thrive on.
Commonly known as the caveman diet, the paleolithic diet is the consumption of foods which our ancestors ate. The diet provides you with all the nutrition you need and lacks the processed, high-fat, low-nutrient foods that we put into our bodies every day. The human body was not designed to process these foods and this kind of diet is the cause of many common ailments and diseases in today’s society. Couple this with how sedentary our lifestyles are compared to our ancestors and it is really is a no brainer.
If you want to be physically elite, mentally alert and function optimally in every way, the caveman diet could be exactly what you need! Plus, it sounds really badass ;)
The diet is easier to follow than most because it does not cut out any major source of nutrients (ie carbs). This means you will feel energised, completely satisfied and therefore will have more success with this diet regime.
You can also adapt the diet depending on how extreme you want to take it. If you just want to consume the foods approved by the paleolithic diet, then great! If you want to take it a step further and eat exactly as our ancestors would have, you can opt for intermittent fasting or six small meals per day. Intermittent fasting is adopted by some because it mimics the way that cavemen would have hunted and feasted on food followed by periods of eating nothing between hunts. Some opt for eating six small meals a day because more recent research suggests that cavemen would have grazed on nuts, vegetables and fruits throughout the day.
If this sounds good to you so far, read on to see the specifics of what you can and can’t eat on the caveman diet.
Paleolithic Foods (allowed)
Organic Meat – Turkey, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Pork.
Vegetables (if you could eat them raw, then they are ok)
Fruit- berries, citrus fruit, bananas etc
Nuts & Seeds- Walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds etc
Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, Omega oil
Tea- Chamomile, green.
Organ Meats (definitely an acquired taste) – Liver, kidney.
Neolithic Foods (not allowed)
Processed Junk Food – Crisps, sweets, cakes etc
Beans – String beans, lentils, kidney beans, baked beans (obviously!)
Potatoes – Cannot be eaten raw
Dairy – Cheese, yoghurt, smoothie.
Preserved frozen food
Increase energy levels.
Detox your body.
Sharpen your mind and senses.
Improve body composition.
Become more in tune with your body and its requirements.
Why not go primal and give the caveman diet a try? Give your body what it really needs and reap the health benefits ;)
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