This diet is called the “caveman diet” because it is based on the nutritional routine of the paleolithic age, more than 5,000 years ago.
This type of diet is made up of foods that our ancestors ate, based on fruit, vegetables, meats, nuts, roots, and fish. All rich in vitamins and proteins, leaving behind processed food, sugars, milk, and cereals.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the reason this diet exists is because the human body is not genetically compatible with our current diet. It states that after the development of agriculture, the nutritional base changed from what our ancestors were used to, including foods like legumes, dairy, and cereals which also brought on health problems such as diabetes and cardiac diseases.
Choosing to follow this diet requires discipline and a daily routine that in the long term can benefit your body in many ways by leaving behind foods and products that, in the modern age, we have been used to eating since we were children, but which also have consequences on your body.
One day on paleo diet
For the Mayo Clinic, an example of a daily paleo-style diet would be:
- Breakfast: grilled salmon and cantaloupe.
- Lunch: grilled lean pork and salad (romaine lettuce, carrot, cucumber, tomato, nuts, and lime juice).
- Dinner: roast lean beef tenderloin, steamed broccoli, salad (mixed leafy greens, tomato, avocado, onion, almonds, and lime juice) and strawberries for dessert.