For the past month, Phil Stevenson has been eating like it’s 10,000 B.C.
“I feel great,” said Stevenson. “It’s given me so much more energy.”
Known as the Paleolithic Diet, or “Caveman Diet,” eating the way prehistoric humans did is becoming a popular way to get fit. The diet, founded by scientist Loren Cordain in 2001, involves eliminating foods like refined carbs, white rice, potatoes, dairy, sugar and salt from meals.
It is based on the theory that the human body was never designed to consume processed food in the first place.
Sheah Rarback, a registered dietitian on the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Miami Herald columnist, said the diet is rooted in healthy eating patterns of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Their diets were rich in fruits, vegetables, roots, legumes, nuts and seeds. The foods were organic and generally eaten within hours of being gathered.
But she notes that we tend to eat fattier meats than they did: “The emphasis on vegetables and fruits, fiber rich foods and lean protein sources are strengths of the paleo diet. It is important to remember that our ancestors ate low-fat wild game and fish, not fat-filled prime rib. I recommend thinking of paleo as a lifestyle that includes not only minimally processed food but also paleo-style exercise.”