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The Gazette
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Eat Like A Caveman:
The Paleo Diet
By Sam Erickson
By now, you’ve probably heard of it. You
might even know someone that has tried it. It’s
the Paleo diet. The simple idea behind the diet
is that human bodies
haven’t evolved enough
since the caveman days
to deal with the complex diets eaten today.
By simplifying the diet,
advocates say, human
bodies can work more
efficiently, leading to a
reduction in weight
and a healthier overall
Foods that were available
Paleolithic era include
meat, eggs, fish, roots,
vegetables, berries and
Natural drinks like
tea or coconut water
are acceptable.
Any food of human
agri-culture, the domestication of animals
or more recent processing techniques—is not
This includes sugar,
dairy, grains, legumes
and all processed food.
The diet also excludes
all alcohol. You could
eat steak every day, but
bread in any form is
out. Compound foods
like lasagna, pizza or
even casseroles are out.
Chili probably makes
the cut, but only if
there are no beans in it.
While the Paleo diet
has caused a recent
revolution, not everything about it is revolutionary. The diet has
much in common with
other accepted dietary
practices like the limiting of processed foods,
the reduction in sugar
and the exclusion of
calories from beverages.
There is also an emphasis on eating whole
foods rather than foods
that have been torn
apart and repackaged
as something else in a
processing plant. The
diet has some similarities with the Atkins
diet of recent popularity.
Many people who
have followed the program see significant
weight loss. Others
report a change in the
way they feel after eating, moving from a
sluggish response with
the modern American
diet to a more active
and engaged response
with the Paleo diet. The
focus is on reducing
carbs, and many people
see a benefit when they
eat fewer carbs. People
say they feel fuller, are
less bloated and have a
higher number of
healthy fats in their
There is some controversy over the diet.
Experts say that the
heavy reliance on meat
leads to an excess
intake of saturated fats
and that eating grainfed beef doesn’t necessarily stick to the code
of the diet. Citing similar points, some argue
against the diet based
on environmental concerns and cost.
Eating meat simply
takes more resources
and is more expensive.
Others say that the diet
is just a fad and there is
little or no evidence in
support of the basic
idea that human bodies
haven’t evolved to eat
foods brought about
through human development.
There is also the consistent argument that,
no matter what people
eat, if they eat portions
which are too large,
they cannot possibly be
healthy. A successful restrictive.
Paleo diet requires portion control, just like
Whatever your personal
every other system of
take, the diet certainly
seems to be gaining
Many find the Paleo
steam through the
diet appealing because
it is similar to what Western world, particularthey grew up with—a ly with those that are very
heavy emphasis on
health conscious.
meat and vegetables.
Others find the restricAs usual, always check with your
tions it imposes—no physician beore embarking on any diet
dairy and no bread, for
example—as simply too
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