In the last couple of years, there has been a surprising reaction to the latest fad diet that imitates the eating patterns of the Pleistocene or the caveman. Popularity heightened because it goes against the usual practice of food supplements, herbal intakes, food substitutions, cooking methods and the like. Its very essence is simple, go back to the very basic food groups which the cave man relied on for sustenance and survival in an environment where daily activity was all about hunting and relocation of safe shelter.
The early man in history books is always pictured as having a lean and muscular built, often with defined muscles in the arms and legs as well as a flat tummy. This is the mental picture that is stamped in our memory and has becomes the model physique to aspire for. As early as 1970, Walter Voegtlin, a gastroenterologist was the first to suggest that adapting the eating habits of the Paleolithic man or caveman could make our modern generation turn out healthier individuals. His theory follows how a caveman would hunt and gather food for sustenance and survival:
Meat which should be grass fed since it resembles the diet of roaming animals.
Fish that are caught in flowing water such as the rivers, lakes, seas, etc. but are not artificially farm grown.
Fruits and vegetables, as well as gathered plant matter including seeds and nuts, are organically harvested.
Honey as the natural sweetener
Salt preferably taken from the sea is used sparingly to season dishes.
Predated Foods Not Included in the Caveman’s Diet:
Absolutely no processed food which is high in fat, salt and sugar must be added into any part of the meal.
Healthy grains like whole wheat and oatmeal are not accepted because these were cultivated crops and not easily picked from the tree or plant.
Asian staple of rice and noodles are banned from the diet because the caveman did not understand how to plant to multiply food for the future.
Dairy products such as milk and cheese are off the list because they are by-products from raised and grown animal which the caveman hunted directly as meat to eat.
The diet seems like an easy to do meal guide and is based on food at its most natural form. It is a more tolerant approach to eating as it allows one as much food serving as one can handle without having to do a restrictive portioning or consumed within a set time between the next intakes. Simply put, the caveman would instinctively enjoy food when he feels the need to eat. But like a caveman who has to hunt and gather food, there is a time of fasting where hunger strikes, allowing the meal break as a necessary detoxifying cycle that enables the fat to be burned, lessen toxins and anti-nutrients, and controls blood sugar levels.
For those who have started eating the caveman way, they have noticed a drop in weight for the first few weeks as possibly the salts and fat are consumed by the body and ceasing the water retention caused by processed foods.