Eating like a Caveman with the Caveman Diet Plan
The caveman diet plan is based on the Paleo diet, which is also known as the Stone Age diet, the Evolutionary diet, and the Paleolithic Diet. It basically includes food items that form the paleolithic man’s diet. These are all-natural foods such as free range, organic meats; free range eggs, fruits, vegetables and nuts. What are notably missing from the caveman diet plan are grains, legumes and dairy.
Because the paleolithic man was a hunter-gatherer, farm products such as grains and dairy were absent from the caveman diet plan. These products were made available due to modern man’s agricultural revolution. As a result, man was conditioned to consume foods that were not within his genetic make-up. This partly explains why degenerative diseases such as cancer and diabetes did not afflict the paleolithic man, despite the lack of medical advances in this era. The caveman diet plan is an attempt to eat in a manner more in keeping with man’s current evolutionary status.
What are the touted benefits of the caveman diet plan? Its proponents have claimed increased energy levels and stamina, a naturally lean physique, lower blood pressure, and freedom from metabolic or autoimmune diseases. If you would like to get on the caveman diet plan, here are a few guidelines to live by:
Caveman Diet Plan Tips
1. The primary protein sources of the caveman diet plan are meat, eggs, fish and shellfish. Game meats are preferable, so choose them if available. Eat lean cuts rather than fatty ones. For poultry, leave out the skin and consume white meat rather than dark. Source meat and eggs that are free range and organically raised, such as the following unprocessed meats: beef, pork, lamb, goat, rabbit, venison, quail, turkey, chicken, and ostrich. Processed meats such as sausage, bacon and salami may contain soy, sugars, and preservatives so better avoid them.
2. Most fruits and vegetables are allowed except for cereal products, legumes, and starchy vegetables. They can be eaten raw or cooked. Leafy vegetables such as spinach, watercress, cabbage and lettuce can be eaten as well as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beets, turnip, carrots, rhubarb, eggplant, mushrooms, and cucumber. Fruits and fruit juices are also allowed, as long as they are free from non-organic additives. However, your goal is to consume more vegetables than fruits, since fruits contain higher amounts of sugar in the form of fructose.
3. Nuts and seeds that can be eaten raw and unprocessed can be included in the caveman diet plan. Examples are walnuts, Brazil nuts, chestnuts, almonds and pecans. Raw cashews and peanuts are actually legumes rather than true nuts. Older proponents of the caveman diet used to exclude these, but the later versions allow them.
The caveman diet plan absolutely bans dairy such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter. Bread, pasta and rice are likewise excluded in the caveman diet plan.
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