Caveman or Raw Dieting
By Fitness and Freebies
Paleolithic recipes are: grain-free, bean-free, potato-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. Often referred to as a "raw diet" or the "Caveman diet". Ingredients used: Meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries.
Today's Take on the Paleo Diet
The modern idea of the Paleo diet (also known as the Hunter/Gatherer or Caveman diet) has been around since the 1970's and is resurfacing with a vengeance.
Written by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat proposes that you go back to your ancestral diet, to a time before the advent of modern agriculture about 10,000 years ago. Cordain says that over a 2 million year period our genes adapted to a diet in which all food was hunted, fished or gathered from the natural environment.
Cordain speaks quite eloquently about the Paleo diet, even publishing articles in scientific journals. In an article in Mayo Clinical Proceedings, he outlines his theory that a hunger-gatherer diet better matches our genetic makeup and supports the healthier lifestyle that our early ancestors enjoyed.
A down-side of the Paleo diet: The Paleo diet discourages grain intake, yet scientists believe that wild grasses emerged 65 to 55 million years ago. Since early man probably ate nearly everything that crossed his path, seeds and grains were likely part of his diet (although not a large part due to seasonal availability). In addition, some cultures like the Europeans have had 400 to 500 generations to adapt to a grain based diet.
Humans are biologically adapted to raw fresh produce (see: Biological Adaptations: Diet is Species Specific). Eating raw fresh produce as a staple rather than cooked food keeps your body vibrantly healthy at nearly any age.