Trendy New Lifestyle Choice: The Stone Age Diet

Trendy New Lifestyle Choice: The Stone Age Diet

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Trendy New Lifestyle Choice: The Stone Age Diet

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By Cari Martens

There’s a new diet fad that, while it’s not exactly sweeping the nation, it is gaining a bit of notoriety. This trendy diet may be relatively new, but its origins go way back—we mean way, way back. Like to the Stone Age.

It’s called the Paleo Diet, or simply the ‘caveman lifestyle.’ We’re talking about eating raw meat, seasonal fruit and fish, like our homo sapiens ancestors did 10,000 years ago in the Paleolithic era.

Paleo diet advocate Vlad Averbukh, a 29-year-old website designer from New York says the diet’s based on the theory that you eat like those cavemen did: ‘whatever you could get with a stick.’

Professor Loren Cordain wrote the book, The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat. Cordain bemoans the world’s dependence on cereal grains. He believes that our withdrawal from prehistoric menus has brought about ‘diseases of civilization’ such as cancer, obesity and elevated cholesterol.

Some paleo diet followers also promote eating at irregular intervals, in the manner of the pre-fire hunter-gatherers. Fasting for extended periods, in other words—like during those times when the mastodon proved to be quite elusive.

Cordain, writing on his website, notes that the diet ‘is not designed by diet doctors, faddists, or nutritionists, but rather by Mother Nature’s wisdom acting through evolution and natural selection.” In addition to eating mostly raw food, the program recommends exercise that mimics the exertions of hunting or escaping from predators. Such activities as rock throwing, jumping and running barefoot are advocated.

Disciples of the program swear they are healthier and more at peace than the millions of stressed-out, undernourished, overweight people outside the cave, or what Le Corre calls “zoo humans.”

Ironically, the food budget for this simple caveperson life ain’t cheap. Paleos will only buy grass-fed organic beef and organic fruits and nuts. Those foods are generally more pricey than typical supermarket fare. And dinosaur meat is nearly impossible to find.

Is this Stone Age lifestyle likely to catch on with a wide following? Doubtful, but it’s fascinating to think about, while eating a nice, well-grilled steak. To learn more, you can visit PaleoDiet.com, which contains an abundance of links on the subject.

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