February 11, 2016
The Paleo Diet has been making leaps and bounds in the dieting world as being a huge change of lifestyle diet. When you’re eating this kind of diet you’re really eating how our Paleolithic ancestors did long ago, and this is the diet (the theory goes) that started humanity on the road to planes and cars and the Internet. Clearly, you can’t go wrong when you’re eating like this. The real question here isn’t whether or not this diet is good for you; anything that emphasizes vegetables and portion control is going to be good for you. The question, simply put, is whether this diet really echoes the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors.
avoiding a lot of breads and grains. The argument here is that they didn’t have these during that era in history. Simply put, it wasn’t possible to gather enough grains to make flour until humans were cultivating huge quantities of grains on their own. The rise of agriculture made it possible for people to farm and harvest so much grain that flour became possible. This sort of mass consumption of refined grains wasn’t natural to our ancestors; the advancement of civilization was greatest when people were eating differently.
However, there is the idea that people in Paleolithic times didn’t eat any grains at all. This is untrue; while there weren’t huge fields of wheat like there are today, there would still be meadows and long grasslands full of grains, and these would be eaten. While flour might not have been common, boiled or mashed grains were a bigger part of their diets than they are in the diets of people trying to follow the Paleo Diet.
The other thing about the Paleo diet is that it emphasizes the consumption of lean meats. This would be the bulk of the true Paleolithic diet, as humans relied more heavily on their hunter side of the hunter/gatherer spectrum. The wild ancestors of turkeys and chickens, grass land birds that feasts on all the grains and fruits that the Paleolithic man wasn’t touching, would supply them with plenty of calories and nutrients. With that in mind, digging into the modern day counterparts is seen as a great, great thing. Of course, it’s important to emphasize that not every day was a feast for the Paleolithic man. For every day there was a fat bird roasting over the fire there were three when they went to bed hungry.
The other side of the Paleo diet emphasizes healthy fats, like a teaspoon of butter in a dish. While fats are very important to keep a body operating at peak efficiency, it’s even more important to remember that people who were nomadic didn’t have the same access to dairy that we do now. There’s no such thing as pasture raised when they were always on the move. While some herd animals could be brought along for meat and milk, dairy is the rarity in the Paleolithic era; the icing on the cake, if you will. If you find yourself eating too much milk and cheese because dairy is allowed, consider where your Paleolithic ancestors would have gotten a hold of enough milk to make a whole pound of cheddar.
If you really want to tap into some good fat heavy, calorie rich dairy or meat, opt for some lamb or goat meat. If you haven’t had it before the stronger flavor can take some getting used to, but large cattle would have been too difficult for our Paleolithic ancestors to keep themselves. The large, bovine herds would have been the things that our ancestors hunted across the plains, not the animals that were by their sides so that they could eat on a day-to-day basis. This is, of course, when they were eating at all. Calorie Chart – See How Much Calories are in each types of meat
One thing that truly sets the Paleo Diet apart is that it tries to be more balanced than other diets. However, it doesn’t factor in the extreme exercise of our ancestors. Of course you can eat more fats if you’re also working hard 10 hours a day to get it. Be cautious when applying this to your diet, and remember: portion control is key.
May 29, 2016