Eating like a caveman – that’s the latest diet craze. If it’s raw and unprocessed and if our ancestors ate it then you’re thinking along the right lines.
But how practical is it to eat this so-called Paleo diet? With reports highlighting how hard it really is to cut sugar out of our diets, surely this is one step too far? It involves cutting out wheat, dairy, sugar, and basically anything that pre-historic man and woman wouldn’t have come across. Goodbye chips, cake and condiments.
Hot on the heels of the 5:2 diet, which requires you to eat normally (2,000 calories for women, 2,500 for men) for five days and then a quarter of the calories on the remaining two days, the Paleo diet is another way of restricting us in what we eat.
Problems arise when you are cooking for a family, on a budget, going out for dinner (really, who can resist pudding?) and being offered tea and biscuits around a friend’s house.
Ambassadors for the Paleo include A-list celebrities, who let’s face it can afford to be picky, and fitness gurus whose life is dedicated to healthy eating. But for normal folk, isn’t this another diet just setting us up for a fall?
Fads are all well and good, and sure, there’s scientific evidence behind this to say cutting out processed and dairy foods can help aid digestive problems and increase energy. But to follow this diet to the letter takes some serious commitment.
The trouble is that we’ve evolved. We’re not cavemen anymore. We discovered tasty treats and then got hooked on them. Now we’re trying to backtrack and convince ourselves that we can live without them. But really, stopping us from eating dairy, sugar, grains and legumes, well that’s just like taking candy from a baby.
I fail to understand how a family with several large athletic sons with huge appetites could afford to feed everyone on a Paleo diet. I would like to try, but bready-type foods fill their bellies so easily and affordably.
It's all pretty common sense. More vegetables - better diet - feel healthier. However you dress it up, it all equates to the same thing.
I think the test of all of these diet crazes is in your own experience. I just feel better - more energised, clearer in my thinking - when I eat a lot of meat and vegetables but limit the starchy stuff. I don't stick a fancy 'paleo' label on my eating habits though.
Although neither vegan or vegetarian I can see where Tanith is coming from. Isn't eating too much meat meant to be really bad for us?
well, one good thing about eating paleo is that it should reduce the packaging and food miles. In a world with more and more people wanting a share of limited resources, that has to be worth it.
There are too many different people telling us too many different things. I stick to the official line offered by the NHS to be honest - eat a variety of things for a healthy diet. Everything in moderation seems a fair mantra to me too. You won't find me munching on chocolate every day but you won't see my agonising over how to make a meal out of only raw and unprocessed meals - we'd rarely eat the same thing in my house!
is this another diet endorsed by a certain female celebrity with a well-publicised marriage break up? As always, less processed stuff is good for us.Not sure where I can get mammoth meat, though..
Yup, I think a lot of it is branding too. But if I can indulge in my steak-and-salad habit with the excuse that I'm following a brand new diet, I'm happy!
I think the whole Paleo branding is suspect. BUT for the last year I've cut out ALL grains and sugar (and limited dairy), and the difference to my overall health is unbelievable. I haven't felt this well and energised, nor been this slim, since my late teens - and that's some time ago! Like all diet fads, there's a nugget of truth at the centre of this one.
As a vegan, I'm concerned that the Paleo diet seems to be used by many people to eat as much meat as they like. And that's usually in the form of steak, bacon and sausages. No-one seems to stop to consider that real Paleo meat would've mostly been grubs and insects, with big animals being a very occasional treat!
Not another diet! Enough already!