paleolithic dietThe stone age diet (paleolithic diet) is a diet which believes that we will stay healthier if we follow the route of our ancestors. Million years ago, our ancestors haven't recognized agriculture thus still relied on vegetables, lean meat, fish and fruits for staples.

The argument behind this diet is that our body has tuned well for over 2 million years with the foods in the paleolithic era (fish, lean meat). On the other hand, our body has only 10,000 years to tune in with the 'modern' food (grain)after the invention of agriculture. Thus by tuning with the stone age foods, we can be healthier. Let's take a closer look on this caveman diet before we deem this as unhealthy.


This stone age diet advocates the consumption of lean meat, fish, fruits and vegetables which are edibles in raw state. For practical reason, many followers of this diet don't really emphasize on how the foods should be prepared. The only concern is that the food should not be processed using corn oil (olive oil is fine). The consumption of animal's organs such as kidney and liver is also encouraged since our ancestors tend to consume these organs also.

This diet prohibits the consumption of grains (pasta, rice, cereals), alcohol and starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Not only that, this diet even goes further by discouraging the consumption of dairy products (cheese, milk). If you think life is hard for our paleolithic ancestors then it is in fact harder. This diet also discourages the consumption of sugar and salt.

The benefit of this diet is a healthier body. This is further justified through a research done by Lund University. The research compared two groups of people who have diabetes type 2 and coronary heart disease. The first group is fed meals based on paleolithic diet while the second group is fed a diet similar to Mediterranean diet for three months. After three months, the paleolithic group showed a significantly lower blood sugar rise compared to the Mediterranean group. Other benefit of this diet is weight loss as illustrated by L.Cordain in 'The Paleo Diet'.

My first concern is that our meat is not as fresh as it used to be 2 million years ago. Nowadays our meat is probably gathered from hormone injected poultry or chemically enhanced cow. It's not fresh and for sure it's not healthy if your diet involves an extremely high number of meat.

Another concern that I have on this diet is that although we eat like the cavemen, we aren't likely to get the same result if we don't do a lot of physical activities like our ancestors back in the hunting and gathering era.

Our ancestors were used to walk for miles everyday and do rigorous psychical activities such as digging, climbing and hunting. Even though they consumed a large number of meat, organs and vegetables they are sure to burn out a lot of fat that way. They have to do a lot of physical activities everyday just to survive (or to chase other cave women). Compared to our state right now, it's hard to emulate our ancestors. In addition to eating, we need to do tons of exercises also.

Last, life without wine and cheese seems pretty miserable for me so I'll stay off from this diet and just do my 'common sense diet'. Eat in moderation, do proper exercises and indulge yourself occasionally.

12 comments:

  1. Shane said...

    Having tried several fruit and veg diets I wouldn't recommend standing down wind of these guys!

  2. Ellen said...

    I heard about this pre historic diet also. The only thing which does not make sense for me is why they limit the consumption of milk.

  3. Brice said...

    I don't see how this diet is practical in these times as we live such a totally different life at a fast pace. Where in this diet do you find energy in the form of carb's?

  4. The OE said...

    I would like to be an organic caveman

  5. Cain said...

    The problem with todays food is that it has been messed with so much with pesticides and artficial this and that even the GM crops and our bodies are just not able to adapt to those changes in a year or two!!!!!!!!

  6. Cherry said...

    Well some folks are swearing by this diet and some others simply refuse to try this diet as it looks plain troublesome and there's no clear benefit.

  7. Scott said...

    Yeah, I'm wit you, I think I'll stick to my occasional indulging and continue to eat and exercise.

    I need to work better on moderation/food control!!

  8. Susan Bridges said...

    I have been on the paleo eating plan for some time. There are many benefits. For one, there is a large percentage of people who are gluten intolerant and are not aware of it. Over time, if you are not diagnosed, you are at a very high risk of developing autoimmune disease. That is what happened to me.

    As time went on, I found out that I was sensitive also to soy, corn, and most other grains. The paleo diet made a lot of sense to me. If you read the research, many of the foods that are forbidden are also common allergens.

    I myself find the diet to be fairly practical, and there are many people who do follow it, but not to the letter. Many people indulge in occasional cheat meals for example.

    I eat fruit for breakfast, salad with no dressing and meat for lunch, fruit for a snack, and meat and vegetables for dinner. I bring a large ziplock bag to work with salad stuff and a tupperware container of whatever meat I bring. It's an extremely healthy diet. You get plenty of carbs from the fruits and vegetables, even without eating corn, beans, and potatoes.

    Eating out, I get protein burgers at In-n-Out (west coast). Since I am gluten intolerant I am of course limited.

    There is a good discussion group at cavemanforum.com if anyone is interested. Thanks!

  9. Susan Bridges said...

    Oh, and also -- dairy is considered a forgiveable paleo cheat, especially when it's organic or raw.

    And I do drink wine! It's fermented fruit, which is paleo in my opinion! :)

  10. Cherry said...

    Susan, thanks for sharing the thought. I can imagine that it would be really troublesome for me to follow the paleo. Just like all other developing country, grain is the main staple here. I am glad if it works for you and for the other gluten intolerant people. I must admit that the dismissal of dairy (cheese and such) is a huge turn off. I am glad to hear that it's some kind of 'forgivable'.

  11. tatoast said...

    I've been following the caveman diet since reading about the Lund University Research. Two weeks previously dr had told me my type II diabetes was deteriorating quickly (with high blood sugar) and I would probably soon have to start insulin. My home readings halved within the first 2 weeks on the diet and are now quite respectable. As a bonus I have now lost stone in weight.

  12. Exercises said...

    I agree with your points if we’ll take Paleolithic diet then we can stay healthier. Today’s food contains pesticides which has negative effect on our health.



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