cavemanThe Paleo diet, which is also known as the caveman’s diet or the Stone Age diet, is a diet that attempts to mimic what our ancient ancestors would have eaten. The theory behind the diet is simple. If you can’t kill it with a spear or harvest it by gathering, then it is not part of the diet. That means that the goal of the diet is to eat lots of meat and very few carbohydrates. That is similar to what the cavemen would have eaten.

My favorite meal is roast pork. This is a great caveman diet because our ancient ancestors would have hunted wild boar. Then they would have skinned the animal and then roasted it over a fire. They of course did not have silverware and if they had knives they would have been stone. Thus they would have likely eaten the juicy meat off of a stick once it was cooked. Now I am not suggesting that we take this so far that we disregard silverware, but lean pork can be cooked conveniently in a slow cooker on low. That will allow all of the juices to drip out of the meat and leave it nice and tender.

Now obviously a diet that is based primarily on lean meat and nuts has its controversies. However, the idea here is to eat healthy. Much of our foods today are highly processed. Both the United States and Europe heavily subsidize grain and encourage farmers to grow commodities such as wheat and corn. This has obvious benefits because grain can be dried and preserved. The flour can be processed into anything from bread to beer. So from a government’s standpoint this policy makes sense because every government has a responsibility to make sure that people are fed.

The problem is that our bodies were not intended to eat this highly processed food. The results have been alarming; we suffer from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in epidemic proportions. It won’t do us much good to be fed and unhealthy at the same time. Exercise is beneficial, but unless we eat correctly, exercise will only do so much for us. That is why we need to avoid these foods.

I can almost always find a Paleo replacement for my favorite foods. You basically need to avoid certain areas of the grocery store. Start by walking towards the meat case and away from anything that is on the isle shelves. Look for lean meats like pork chops, round roast, fish, and poultry. Technically you choose fattier cuts, but these should be eaten in moderation. Next walk paste anything that is dairy, baked, or a bean. Cavemen did not farm. Instead find the fresh produce section and eat anything that can be gathered like berries, grapes, or leafy vegetables. You will soon find yourself not only losing weight be having more energy. You will soon see the difference after about thirty days.