Why you should eat like a caveman

At WYZA we don’t believe in fad diets or losing seven pounds in seven days. What we do believe in is eating for life, vitality and a little bit of pleasure too.  

In the healthy eating series we shine a light on the many different ways you can achieve a balanced and nutritious diet without having to drink tea brewed on magical mushrooms.

In fact, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to healthy eating. We all have different preferences and levels of activity to sustain. However, no one really thrives on a diet full of refined and over-processed foods. Therefore, a common theme in many diets is to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.

One of these diets is the Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet which has become increasingly popular among people who want to shed a few pounds, but also those who want to avoid the nasty chemicals and additives found in many processed food categories.

The Paleo diet is also known as the Primal diet, the Caveman, Stone Age or Hunter-Gatherer diet as it is based on eating the same types of food they ate back in the day (way back in the day!).

Essentially, the diet is comprised of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, seafood, poultry and eggs. It is high in good fats and lean protein while eliminating things like dairy, refined sugar, grains and even peanuts. The main reason for avoiding grains such as wheat, barley, rice and couscous is that they contain anti-nutrients which can irritate the gut and cause chronic inflammation and some grains may even prevent the body from properly absorbing vital nutrients from other foods.

People who eat according to the Paleo principles have experienced feeling more energetic throughout the day, having clearer skin and decreased bloating of the abdomen.

While it might seem overwhelming to be cutting out whole food groups such as dairy and grains, the fundamental Paleo principles offer something inspiring for all of us as it invites you to eat good quality wholefoods with a low Glycaemic Index that won’t wreak havoc with you hormones and blood sugar levels.

If you’re interested in learning more about eating Paleo visit the eatdrinkpaleo.com.au blog and why not try one of these recipes for yourself.