When looking at old pictures of cavemen one thing is for certain, you will never see a fat person. Do you wonder why that is? What we do know is that they never had the convenience of picking up the telephone and ordering a take-away or filling the shopping trolley with processed foods. So what is a caveman diet? And how has this become the new healthy eating trend?
Find out more by reading an extract taken from IowaStateDaily.com written by Liz Zabel
Understanding What is A Caveman Diet
Go back 2.6 million years to the Paleolithic Era. You will not see your average person reaching into their freezer to pull out a microwaveable dinner.
Look at what we eat now. Think about the foods that line the aisles of the grocery store; almost all is processed. Do you think you could find your packet of Ramen noodles in the wild? Highly doubtful.
Maybe it is time for something new, or really, quite old: the paleo diet.
The paleo diet is based on one simple idea: The best human diet is the one that we are genetically programmed for, that of a caveman’s.
Human beings during the Paleolithic Era lived in hunter-gatherer societies. There were no processed foods, no dairy products besides a mother’s milk, no bread, cake or anything that could not be hunted or found in the surrounding area.
The diet encourages fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood and healthy fats; it excludes refined sugars and grains, saturated and trans fats, salt, dairy, most carbohydrates and any processed foods.
Those foods excluded typically cause weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and numerous other health problems, according to the paleo diet website.
Before finding the paleo diet, Nell Stephenson, athlete and author of the upcoming book “Paleoista — Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat,” suffered from stomach cramping that became so severe that she was sent to the emergency room on several occasions. After spending months searching for helpful medical advice with no results, Stephenson decided to take matters into her own hands.
Eventually, Stephenson stumbled on the paleo diet. It took only a few short days of “being paleo” to end her stomachaches. Stephenson has been following the diet since 2005 and has not looked back since.
“Paleo is so life changing, not only did I feel compelled to change the way I eat permanently but I felt the need to thank this man who has changed my life,” Stephenson said. Read the full article here.
When you begin to understand the lifestyle back then it also makes you more aware of how much we abuse our bodies and the rubbish we feed it. The majority of us lead fast paced lifestyles where it’s not always easy to eat as healthy as we would like, but it’s all down to planning.
If we think ahead and have some plan of action for the week ahead it will help us be better prepared. God help us if we had to go out and hunt for our food, the majority of us would probably starve lol. So the fact that we have healthy ingredients at our fingertips there is no excuse not to eat a healthy diet and lead a more active lifestyle.
Educating ourselves to cook proper healthy meals from scratch is the first step, making sensible food choices and making more effort to exercise can see us becoming more healthier fitter people. Following in the footsteps of our ancestors is not such a bad idea. We can defiantly learn a thing or two, by finding out more about the caveman diet plan.
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