D. C. Johnson
People keep asking me what the Paleo diet is. I think they assume that because I’m vegan that I know everything about food. I’m still not sure why they feel the need to put dimethylpolysiloxane in food, and I hope I never find out.
As the name suggests, the Paleo diet is one that mimics what we think our ancient ancestors used to eat. These cultures were mainly hunter gatherers, so I’m not sure why they thought it had anything to do with veganism. Anyway, this diet is mainly meat from grass-fed pasture animals, fish, fruits and vegetables, fungi (mushrooms), roots and nuts. You’ll note this list doesn’t include legumes, dairy products, and grains. All the meats Paleo dieters can eat have to be organic; otherwise, they’re corn-fed.
The Paleo diet also excludes refined salts, sugars, and oils. That means no pop, chips, candy, fast food, etc. etc. So, the diet has a few things going for it.
The idea behind the diet is that humans evolved to be able to best metabolise these foods because, well, that’s what they ate for a good chunk of human history. Granted, the agricultural revolution changed how we ate (a lot), and different peoples likely evolved eating different things (I assume the Paleo diet is very Eurocentric), so maybe these aren’t the most accurate claims.
The diet’s proponents claim that eating Palaeolithically will help you loose weight, increase your sex drive, eliminate acne, and help you get active. You know, the general perks of being a caveman.
But a lot of people who keep it up end up loving the diet. There are a lot of great websites with fantastic Paleo recipes. Some are even vegan. I just like bringing that up.
The problem is, you’re going to feel like garbage for the first while. This feeling of withdrawal will, likely, shut down many attempts at eating like cavemen. I’ve also generally heard of mixed results, and a lot of people don’t feel the supposed benefits of the diet.
So, take the Paleo diet with a grain of un-refined salt. It’s not a method to instantly fix your health. It’s a long road that, in the end, might not take you where you want to go. Go ask your physician, do some research and decide if it’s right for you, but never buy into dietary hype.