What do you think about eating like a caveman? Mostly red meat, crunchy vegetables, sweet berries and raw nuts every day all day?
Yes, please. (Right now I’m craving crispy greens tossed with almonds and strawberries with a raspberry vinaigrette.)
Cavemen ate a Paleo diet, which is less of a fad diet and more of a lifestyle change. Cavemen killed and searched for food, of course, and I plan to purchase my red meat, crunchy carrots and juicy blackberries at Dillon’s, but the principle is the same.
But what about cinnamon toast? And what about spaghetti? HOLY CRAP WHAT ABOUT YOGURT?
Cavemen did not eat cinnamon toast, spaghetti and yogurt – not even Greek yogurt with berries and granola. (For that matter, cavemen did not eat salad dressed with raspberry vinaigrette. Nothing’s perfect.)
I love crunchy veggies and sweet berries, especially blackberries, but can I eat a Paleo diet?
The answer to that question is clearly “no.” I cannot give up dairy. I do avoid cheese and drink almond milk instead of cow milk but only to make up for the fact that I consume an unnecessary amount of Greek yogurt daily.
My on-a-break* workout buddy, Ashley, and her husband are eating Paleo. She said it was a little expensive and strict, but she weighed the benefits and figured it was worth it.
I want to try to eat Paleo. Paleo eating just makes sense to me.
The United States Department of Agriculture changed the pyramid to a plate to better represent a healthy diet. Most of the plate is vegetables and grains, but grains are not a part of the Paleo diet. (I agree that ditching the pyramid model was a good idea.)
Eating according to the USDA makes less sense to me, especially since I want to cut back on the amount of wheat I consume.
I do not want to go full-on gluten-free because I do not have Celiac disease, and I doubt I have a gluten sensitivity. I also do not want to go full-on gluten-free because I want to lose weight.
Anyway, according to registered dietitian Bonnie Modugno, it doesn’t really work that way.
“You’ll spend a lot of time reading food labels,” she said. “You might get the same effect by limiting your starches and sugars. Moderation takes a lot of skill and discipline. My recommendation is to stick closer to the earth with beans, legumes, starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds.”
But a gluten-free friend told me that by feeding her son a gluten-free menu, his skin cleared up and just looked healthier. I would love to benefit from a Paleo diet with clearer skin.
Would LOVE it.
Other than food choices, the Paleo diet promotes sleeping when it’s dark, waking with the sun and getting outside for activity. I am OK with all of that.
Have you tried the Paleo diet? What do you think? How do you feel? Expensive? Hard to follow? Can I do it and still eat Greek yogurt if I skip the granola?
*Ashley and I are only on a break because it’s our last semester of grad school and we’re both crazy people. We’ll be running together again soon I hope.