Welcome back to the blog! We used up a whole bunch of breath last time to introduce the whole blog portion of our site so this time let’s just get right into it!
The Paleolithic Diet or Paleo for short (also known as the caveman or stone-age diet) is built around sending our diets back in time to what was available to paleolithic man. It first saw mention in the 70’s in a book by gastroenterologist Walter Voegtlin which was later tweaked in 1985 before being popularized in 2002 by Loren Cordain.
There is wide variability on how this is implemented and it varies by school of thought. Some, such as in the 2002 book The Paleo Diet by Cordain, recommend breaking the diet down into hard numbers such as 55% of caloric intake should come from seafoods and lean meat while 15% comes each from fruits, vegetables and seeds. While others have an approved food list and how you build your daily diet is up to you.
Common foods to build your diet around include: fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts & seeds, and healthy fats. Basically, if you can imagine an early, pre-agricultural person eating it, it’s likely to be good. Foods to avoid are grains, dairy, any processed foods & sugars, legumes, starches, and alcohol. What do all those things have in common? They are all foods that became part of the diet in the Neolithic era, when man moved from hunter-gatherers (arguably our ‘natural’ state) and into agricultural societies.
The benefits of this diet have been tested via scientific means. The change in diet leads to less autoimmune responses wracking the body, more stable blood sugar levels, an increase in improved sleep, clearer skin, balanced energy through the day (no more burnout after a carb dense lunch) and a whole lot more have been reported from paleo advocates.
How does this fit the Functional Cure? Remember, we are looking for the simple, natural means to better our lives. What can be more natural than reverting our diets back to their most simple, original forms? That’s without looking at the known health benefits!
This has been incredibly brief dive into the Paleo diet, and anyone who would like to more should check out the 2002 book by Loren Cordain, as well as Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution and website. There are a ton of resources out there when it comes to the paleo diet, and just as many branches or variants of the diet itself.