We’re only a month into the new year, but it’s safe to assume that those resolutions are starting to fall by the wayside. If you decided to switch up your workout regimen, it’ll only go as far as your diet will take you. We know you’re tired of all the gimmick diets that promise overnight results, but yet again, there’s a new kid on the block. The funny thing about this one is that the discoverers claim that this diet has been around for quite some time now.
It’s the Paleo diet. AKA the caveman diet. Or the Stone Age Diet. If you’re the hunter-gatherer type, they call it that as well. Put simply, if it was here before modern civilization tampered with and specially-engineered it, go at it. The premise is based on the idea that the humans of today aren’t that different than the humans that discovered fire and invented the wheel, so it’s only natural to eat what’s natural.
Like all newly-popular diets, it has been labeled a “fad diet”. Here today, gone tomorrow, but the proponents of eating Paleo argue that it’s here to stay, mainly for one reason. As modern medicine continues to progress, Paleo experts stand by the notion that eating according to the strict diet can fend off “diseases of affluence”, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Enough back story and on to what eating Paleo entails. If you like to shop at Whole Foods, you’re in the right place. Fish, grass-fed pasture-raised animals and veggies are the staples. Supplement that with fruit, roots and nuts, but lay off the grains, legumes, dairy products and everything processed in any way, shape or fashion. The idea is that if you refrain from indulging on what’s off-limits, which ultimately causes the body to retain excess weight, you can pretty much eat as much as you like. Given the sophistication of the human body, it’ll naturally adjust and regulate itself due to the lack of junk.
It sounds a lot like all that’s left is going out and hunting on the frontier for raw meat, Davy Crockett-style, but it’s not as intense as it seems. To get you started, here are the some breakfast, lunch and dinner options to give you an idea of what a caveman dish consists of.
Breakfast: Eggs aren’t off limits, so this is definitely the go-to option. Given the versatility of the egg, you can go hard-boiled, scrambled, sunnyside-up, etc. Add a side of bacon and your breakfast is complete.
Lunch: Ground beef or turkey is what this meal could be centered around. For some sides, we suggest avocado, tomatoes, seasoned with cilantro and olives.
Dinner: For dinner, try chicken. Asian almond chicken to be exact. With that you get a mix of chicken, almond butter, ginger, garlic and red pepper for sweet and spicy flavor rolled into paleo goodness.
While the intricacies of the Paleo Diet can’t be confined to a single article, you now have a little knowledge to check it out for yourself and maybe even give it a try. Pair that workout plan with a diet plan to match and resolve that resolution.