Eat Like A Caveman

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.

Organic Eggs

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

WATER

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

Health Benefits

Lose weight.

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 ;) 

References:

Frassetto LA, Schloetter M, Mietus-Sinder M, Morris RC, Sebastian A, Metabolic & Physiologic Improvements from Consuming a Paleolithic Hunter-Gatherer Type Diet, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009, 63, 947-55.

Hockett B, Haws J, Nutritional Ecology & Diachronic Trends in Paleolithic Diet & Health, Evolutionary Anthropology, 2003, 12(5): 211-6.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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