Not a Fad
The Paleo Diet may sound like the latest, greatest thing in dieting and just another new fad, but in fact it has been around for more than 2,000 years, despite this Paleo diet products and the Paleo diet food list contain the most modern and trendy items.
The Caveman Diet
The Paleo Diet is often dubbed ‘The Caveman Diet’ due to the concept it applies: that people should eat a diet as healthy as that of our ancestors, the caveman. That’s why the diet is surely the oldest known to mankind, it has been around as long as mankind has. Living Well is a good source of information on the Paleo Diet.
So, what exactly did cavemen (and cavewomen, of course) eat? Well, pretty much anything that could be hunted or gathered. So that’s going to be meat, fish, nuts, seeds, plants and vegetables, eggs and oils made from nuts. No pasta, no cereals, no candies! Hamburger would be OK though, providing it’s made from meat from grass-fed cattle – and forget all the additives and preservatives found in your Big Mac or Whopper!
Actually, you might be surprised at what you can eat on a Paleo Diet.
If you’re a meat fiend, no problem – as long as it’s not highly processed or high in fat – so poultry (including turkey and chicken), pork (chops, veal, bacon), beef (ground beef, steaks), lamb, bison, rabbit and goat are all ok. As is rattlesnake, if that’s your poison!
If you’re more of a seafood person, on the menu can be crab, shrimp, oyster, lobster and so on. Not into shellfish so much, how about salmon, sardines, tuna or trout?
As for vegetables, there is a pretty healthy list, including asparagus, avocado, carrots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, cauliflower and sprouts. Even squash and sweet potatoes are acceptable.
Oils and Nuts
Oils made from nuts are a good food type to consider, so coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, even avocado oil, are all acceptable. As well as oil made from nuts, nuts themselves are also an ingredient in the Paleo Diet. As well as those mentioned above, almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts are good.
Last, but certainly not least, are the members of the fruit family. Apples, peaches. plum, mango, strawberries, oranges and bananas are amongst those you can enjoy.
As you can see, that’s a pretty lengthy list of foods you can partake of on your Paleo Diet. And it’s by no means extensive, really just a tastier of what you can include in your Paleo Diet recipes and menus. Enjoy!
For more information on The Paleo Diet and Living Well – take a look.