Do You Have What It Takes to Eat Paleo?

If you look at the typical food menu found on restaurants and fast food chains today, what do you see? How has the food our society consumes on a daily basis changed over the centuries? What staples do we now have?

It’s pretty safe to say that if our ancestors from at least two centuries back saw the food we constantly eat today, they would be shocked at the amounts and type of junk we consume. It’s to be expected really, seeing as how most foods today can come with low nutritional value, various preservatives, additives and a bunch of other chemicals you probably know about, but ignore anyway.

Where you should start looking goes beyond a few generations back, to a time when things were primitive and food was either hunted or gathered. What we’re talking about is the Paleo diet, also known as the Palaeolithic diet.

Taking ideas from the primitive, natural yet nutritious diets our ancient ancestors enjoyed in their day, the Paleo diet was designed to change modern man’s diet, which has grown to become laden with chemicals, additives and other agents either designed to make food taste better or make it last longer. The Paleo diet however, isn’t just some fad started by tree-hugging purists. There is science behind it.

A return to more natural or organic foods means being free of the agents that are the culprits behind many of the medical conditions, allergies and ailments we suffer from today. Since we began to move away from the type of food and conditions our cavemen ancestors survived through, our food has caused a variety of problems which could’ve been easily avoided.

The Paleo diet plan is basically a diet that focuses on simulating the eating habits of the ancient caveman. A typical Paleo diet menu is composed of organic fruits, vegetables and nuts, to simulate the gatherer aspect of the caveman diet, as well as high protein meats, seafood and eggs, to simulate the hunter aspect.

As for Paleolithic diet recipes, the rule is simple. If the ingredients come in a box, they shouldn’t be eaten. A typical recipe may consist of lean meat cuts, healthy vegetables and absolutely no dairy products, which have been recognized to cause a variety of digestive problems. Remember, it took humans a while to discover the edibility of cow’s milk.

Here are some foods you will find in a typical Paleo meal plan food list.
• Nuts
• Eggs
• Organic vegetables
• Fruits
• Meats

On the other hand, here some food items you have to avoid when eating the Paleo diet.
• Grains and all products made from grains, such as rice, cereal, cookies, bread and more
Sugary drinks
• Canned goods
• Food products with artificial flavoring

As you may have observed, the Paleo diet can severely limit your choices of foods you can eat. But if you stick with it, you’ll find yourself losing weight, getting stronger, and suffering from fewer health problems.


  1. Even if our old selves (if you’re over 40) from 1984 or thereabouts could see how people eat now, they would be sick to their stomachs. Imagine telling a young person who just arrived from the mid-80s in a time machine that you had a “custard” yogurt and an instant “mocha” for breakfast, three sugar wafer cookies and a flavored coffee for a snack, a sandwich the size of your head — deep fried, made with sweetened bread — for lunch, and a mocha, an energy drink (explain what it is since there was no such thing) on the way home from work, and the a half a bag of popcorn while waiting for the microwave to go off with your popcorn shrimp dinner which you put ranch salad dressing on and “baby carrots” and steak fries and ketchup, show her how much ketchup…. she’d be sick before you got to even describe dessert.

  2. Funny, I remember the 80’s pretty much everybody had a simple diet with nearly one piece of kitchen equipment being used…. The chip pan, everything was fried, people understand nutrition so much better now.

  3. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and remember plenty of processed junk food. We had potato chips, sugary sodas, a variety of Hostess treats (I loved Sno Balls, which somehow counted as a side dish in the lunchbox),Goobers peanut butter and jelly in the same jar. Hamburger Helper, Shake and Bake, etc. Practically everything my mother cooked came out of a box or a can. Convenience was king. Growing up on an isolated farm seems like the only way a person could be nostalgic for American food in the 80s.

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