Posted by: 4pack | January 11, 2010

“Ideal Diets”: Caveman Diet Or Paleo-Diet Succeeds As It Requires Whole, Natural Foods And Exercise

 THE CAVEMAN OR “PALEO” DIET MAKES SENSE…EAT WHOLE, UNPROCESSED FOODS… AND THE “SPRINTING AND JUMPING” EXERCISE PORTION IS OUTSTANDING…

This past weekend, the New York Times alerted us to this growing trend known as the “caveman lifestyle” which involves eating lots of red meat and then fasting between meals to approximate the lean times that early humans would have faced between hunts. Vegetables and fruit are fine too, but the modern caveman avoids foods like bread that were “unavailable before the invention of agriculture.”

Now, there is a certain appeal to the idea of getting back to an older, pre-industrial way of living free from all of the problems we are learning are associated with consuming so many processed foods. But, this focus on cave living seems like going to extremes.

“Paleos” — as some of these modern cavemen prefer to describe themselves —  may skip meals for as long as 24 to 36 hours before gorging on heavy doses of meat. One adherent prefers, in particular, mounds of raw ground beef (grass-fed, of course). Another eschews tomatoes because they are native to the New World and would not have been a part of an man’s earliest diet.

And, you can forget about hitting the gym for exercise. The paleo work-out regime is focused on “sprinting and jumping, to replicate how a prehistoric person might have fled from a mastodon.” Try doing that on an elliptical machine.

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2010/01/trends-in-dieting-go-caveman.html

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