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The Beginners Guide To The Caveman Diet

By on April 30, 2014

Commentary:  Apparently the Caveman aka “Paleo” Diet has become some sort of phenomenon in the crossfit community. What is it? How do you eat like a caveman? Is the caveman diet safe?

THE HUNTER-GATHERER DIET

“It makes sense from an evolutionary perspective,” says Cordain, whose 2002 book, The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat, makes the case for eating like a hunter-gatherer. “It’s a system of eating that we’ve already adapted to.” Cordain is among the more prominent advocates of a growing number of nutritionists and trainers who advocate following the dietary protocol of our prehistoric ancestors. Endorsed early on as a worthy idea by gastroen-terologist Walter L. Voegtlin in his 1975 book The Stone Age Diet, primitive-style eating has since caught the attention of scores of athletes and dieters over the past decade. In fact, so popular is paleo eating that it’s been the subject of more than a dozen books–with titles like Neanderthin (by Ray Audette) and The Evolution Diet (by Joseph SB Morse)–and numerous websites and blogs, such as MarksDailyApple.com.

The foundational pillars of these primitive diets are all the same: meat, seafood, nonstarchy vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds–essentially anything that can be hunted and gathered. (These can be grilled, roasted, sauteed, or cooked in any other simple, healthful manner.) Absent are cereal grains, rice, legumes, potatoes, refined sugar, vegetable oils, salt, processed foods, and even milk. “Wild animals cannot be milked,” says Cordain.

The foundational pillars of these primitive diets are all the same: meat, seafood, nonstarchy vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds–essentially anything that can be hunted and gathered. (These can be grilled, roasted, sauteed, or cooked in any other simple, healthful manner.) Absent are cereal grains, rice, legumes, potatoes, refined sugar, vegetable oils, salt, processed foods, and even milk. “Wild animals cannot be milked,” says Cordain.

For hardcore paleo purists, even alcohol is verboten, while among its less ascetic followers, exceptions are made. The basic rule of thumb for paleo devotees: If hunter-gatherers (that is to say pre-10,000 B.C., the approximate date of the oldest discovered farm) didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.

Read the full article on muscleandfitness.com

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