The Paleo diet, also known as the Caveman diet and the Stone Age diet, encourages you to eat natural, whole foods that would have been eaten by our ancestors. In essence, if you can hunt for it, forage it, or gather it, it’s fair game. Though many people use the Paleo diet for weight loss, that’s actually only a pleasant side effect.
Dr. Walter L. Voegtlin, a gastroenterologist who was trying to find a way to ease the discomfort of various gastric disorders, created the Paleo diet in 1975. He was operating on the theory that our bodies haven’t had long enough to adapt to processed foods or grains and therefore can’t digest them properly. In total, people following the original diet can’t eat dairy, processed foods, grains, many root vegetables, any vegetable in the nightshade family (peppers and tomatoes), or even meats that aren’t organic. Obviously, this isn’t realistic for most of us so the most typical modernized version cuts out grains, sugars, processed foods, and sometimes dairy and potatoes.
People following the Paleo lifestyle have reported experiencing better digestion, improvement in blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, and yes, weight loss. That’s probably due in large part to cutting out the junk and increasing your fruit and veggie consumption, so the results make sense. Is Paleo for you? Talk to your doctor about it, do your research, and make an informed choice, just as you would with any other health decision.
If you decide that you’d like to try Paleo, or you’re already on the Caveman path, we hope that you enjoy these easy, delicious recipes!