The Paleo Or Paleolithic Diet

By Sharmini Jayawardena

The word means from ancient days, Stone Age.
By that meaning: a Diet minus grains, dairy and processed foods.
“A diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit”, (according to the online dictionary).

A diet presumed to have been eaten by early humans.

Here’s a typical modern day take on a Paleo Dish:
I introduce: the flour-less no nuts carrot cake. (The point is did the Paleolithic people have access to carrot or even the nutty flours like coconut this recipe uses).

Recipe for nut free Paleo carrot cake  from:

“Here’s the ENTIRE Diet in a nutshell:

If a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you. When you are following the Paleo Diet, you can eat anything we could hunt or gather, way back in the day – things like meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional vegetables and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal and candy will have to go”
“And instead of counting calories and perfectly partitioned portions (say that three times faster), you’ll be focusing on eating the right foods.” –

Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet | Nerd Fitness

For a while, TLC, Discovery’s, Travel and Lifestyle Channel showed a very interesting series called The Nomad Chef. Here’s a clip of the trailer:

“The Paleolithic diet is a modern fad diet requiring the sole or predominant consumption of foods presumed to have been the only foods available or consumed by humans during the Paleolithic era.” –

The idea is to reach “ketosis” by burning fat for energy instead of carbs or proteins, just as other types of Diets do. But, in the Paleo Diet, you have it easy by only focusing on what you eat and not how much of what at what times!

In this vid, Andrew Zimmern, American chef, traveling TV personality, writer and teacher, goes into an African hunter gatherer community to experience their lifestyle. Zimmern says the day in the life at the office for the Masai guys is a walk into the jungle!!

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