Even though we have never ever seen one live and in person so to speak, it is not a hard task to visualize a caveman based on what we know and what we have been taught. They are quite an easy stereotype to imagine with their hunter gatherer lifestyle, roaming the lands in a peaceful, simple existence (apart from escaping dinosaurs and sabre toothed tigers!)
And what about the physique of these early humans? Do you ever think of them as being fat, portly, chubby, overweight, obese or even morbidly obese? I wouldn’t think so! And one of the big reasons why is that Paleolithic nutrition or, the diet of the caveman consisted mainly of pure, natural and healthy foods.
The lifestyle of the caveman before the agricultural age was one of a hunter and gatherer. In the search for fruits and vegetables, nuts, berries, seafood and large game animals these hunter gatherers had to cover long distances resulting in them becoming fit, active and athletic people. It was not a matter of food coming to them, (certainly no home delivery!) and if there was no food available close by, they relocated in search of better and more fertile hunting grounds.
Taken from the Stone Age, Paleolithic nutrition, often known as the
It might surprise you to learn that for a species to fully adapt their metabolism and physiology to new and totally different lifestyles; it can take hundreds of thousands of years. As we have only had 10,000 years to get used to the advances gained from agriculture, it should not be that hard to understand that foods of today, especially grains, dairy products and legumes are a significant cause of many of the digestive problems we face today. Gluten and dairy intolerance is at record levels worldwide and one reason is that we are still not fully adapted as a species to consume these types of foods. These foods just were not available or around in the Paleolithic Era so the link to good health through Paleolithic nutrition becomes very tangible.
The elimination or at least heavy reduction of all processed and packaged foods. An easy description of these foods is pretty much anything that comes in a box or has been commercially manufactured, altered, created or compromised from its natural state. This is one of the biggest lifestyle changes relating to the
Paleolithic nutrition when it comes to the
Do not despair however! While at first, the
Although we eat a great deal of meat in today’s diet, the differences to that of the cavemen and Paleolithic nutrition is in the lean cuts as opposed to fatty cuts and creations as well as the fact that the animals being eaten were free range and natural – and not fed a diet of hormones and corn or corn by-products.
Therefore in combination with the lean cuts of meat, the
A popular favorite among palates of today is poultry and that is definitely on the right side of Paleolithic nutrition again so long as you take the lean cuts. Breast is best and any poultry such as chicken, turkey and game-hen is good. But what about those organ meat lovers among you? Although not a personal favorite of mine, organ meats such as livers and even tongues can also be enjoyed on the
Eating like a caveman and observing the rules of the
When you first start out, eating like a caveman can seem extremely limited and hard. However, the more you explore the many options available to you and start to see the health benefits associated with this type of lifestyle, you will appreciate that the rewards gained through Paleolithic nutrition far outweigh the perceived sacrifices.