Recent years have seen an upward surge in the popularity of the Caveman Diet, also known as Paleo Diet. It has almost reached mainstream status, thanks largely to its focus on natural and healthy foods. I saw ‘almost’ mainstream because many websites still consider it to be a weird diet that will die out like the other crazy diets. It is bound on the principles that we all should eat only what our Paleolithic Era ancestors would have eaten. That means we only should eat meat, vegetables, and some fruits and nuts.
Food manufacturers have started getting a piece of the action by producing items that will cater to this diet, seeing as more and more people are trying it. This resulted to products such as paleo cookies, paleo breakfast cereals, and even paleo nut packs. These often contain honey as honey is permitted on the diet. But there is the problem about many honey being processed; that is why the strict paleo dieters make sure they only use raw honey. But using raw honey is found by many manufacturers to be quite expensive, thus they settle for regular honey instead. Some would even go so far as to say that eating processed honey is tantamount to eating sugar.
The paleo diet resembles a low carb diet in a lot of ways. The difference lies in the fact that paleo diet cut a lot of slack when it comes to dried fruits and honey while low carb diets totally cut them out. Advocates of the paleo diet are of the opinion that these foods should be eaten in small amounts. However, many dieters forget this important warning and consume it in larger quantities than would be good for them. But this actually makes this diet very easy to follow and encourages a lot of people to give it a try. If you haven’t tried cereals low in sugar before, then you should definitely give it a go as you’ll find that it’s pretty tasty actually!
More than a diet, the Paleo diet has become a lifestyle. There is a whole culture to the diet. People are supposed to be less stressed. This is to mimic the life of cavemen who, apart from hunting animals, didn’t really suffer from the stresses that plague us daily. No strict hours to keep, no overcrowded subways to worry about. A large part of it is also about exercising. But it encourages more lifting and sprinting instead of hours of rigorous training and workout.
That is also another way of mimicking the caveman lifestyle. The lifting exercises are to mimic the lifting of boulders and logs. The sprinting or running has to do with how they have to sprint to hunt or run away from predators. It is believed that these are exactly the type of exercises meant for our body. Some people say that there are bad effects to the body if we continuously jog or run. They can cause inflammation in many people and can increase the chances of long term problems. Lifting and sprinting, on the other hand, do not suffer from these drawbacks. Those who do not have ready access to a gym will also prefer these exercises. This translates to savings in both time and money. Paleo exercises can be performed even 2 to 3 times in a week, with each set lasting for about 20 minutes only. They are also known as crossfit training.
No one knows exactly what paleo foods entail, but the diet is basically built on the premise that humans should stay away from foods that have only come into our diet in recent years. These include any grain-based food products since grains contain toxins that can bring harm to our bodies. As paleo diet evolves, maybe we will have a clearer idea about the foods that are included in the diet of people living during the Paleolithic Era.