While it is true that cavemen are now a thing of the past, there is no denying that their eating habits persist to this day. Does that surprise you? It sure is quite a surprise, but it does make a lot of sense when you think about it. For decades and decades, cavemen have been the dominant species.
The food that they eat pretty much indicates which foods are safe and healthy for humans.In comparison, the current western diet has been around for less than a century and new diseases are popping up continuously. There just might be a connection.
This is called the Paleolithic diet or, in short, Paleo diet. This diet recommends whole foods but there are also ready-made foods that are allowed. All-natural granola, for example, are a popular breakfast food, but they can also be eaten as a snack.
Paleo jerky is also available to be bought, or you can make it yourself. This is a great takeaway food that you can snack on when you suddenly feel hungry while you’re out.
So what is allowed on the paleo diet? Nuts and fresh fruits, as well as dried fruits, are recommended, although berries are even more encouraged over other fruits. Meat is also highly encouraged along with lots of vegetables.
You can also eat sweet potatoes, yam, and other starchy vegetables, but make sure you don’t eat them in huge amounts. Surprisingly, chocolates are allowed. But they should be classified as dark chocolate, with over 80% cocoa content.
Basically wholesome foods with minimal processing is considered healthier. This is precisely the reason why sugar and highly processed foods aren’t the healthiest food for you.
This diet has caught on in recent years as more and more people are looking for more nutritious alternatives to our unhealthy diet. In some ways, the paleo diet is a form of the low carb diet.
Don’t be surprised to notice that your favorite breakfast items labeled as low carb now also claims to be “Paleo.” The paleo diet takes us back to our ancestral roots. The eating habits of the cavemen and women in the past are supposed to be emulated by us.
This may sound silly, but it’s not like anyone is expecting you to catch your own food or eat it raw! It’s really just another explanation for why fresh wholesome ingredients are healthier for you.
It’s obviously great if you make your own foods with fresh ingredients daily, but for most of us, that’s simply not possible. We have kids to take to school and work to go to daily. The weekend is probably the only time you would be able to make something.
So what can you eat for the rest of the week….
As mentioned earlier, supermarkets now have ready made food for sale. Aside from having no preservatives, there are also no food coloring and other suspicious chemicals included. You also don’t have to worry about them containing sugar or grains.
Usually their carbohydrate content is also fairly low. So now you can enjoy good healthy foods without all the hassle of cooking them. These premade foods tend to be pricey, though, because not a lot of people know about them yet.
But that might soon change and the demand for these healthier alternatives will rise as more and more people find out about the ill effects of the consumption of fast food fare, pastas, pizzas and sodas. It could help to lower the price to more affordable or reasonable levels.