The Caveman or Paleo diet is one diet that many people have heard of and your initial instinct about might be included in the acceptable foods is probably right. You can eat meat, fish, eggs, root vegetables except for potatoes and sweet potatoes and fruits, berries and nuts are acceptable, too. No dairy, sugars, grains, beans, processed foods or carbohydrates are allowed and you have to drink plenty of water to keep your body from becoming dehydrated and to help you digest the foods and remove toxins from the system, while making you feel fuller, like many diets recommend.
The interesting things about the Caveman diet might include some of the unique eating ideas, like eating with your hands to get in touch with the textures of the foods you are eating and eating as many raw and natural-state foods is recommended. There are some Caveman dieters that believe in eating raw meat, but many nutritional experts don’t endorse this portion of the diet. Regardless, the basic meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts and berries are the only ingredients of the diet, except for the large quantities of water.
The Caveman diet allows you to eat as much of these foods as you want, anytime you want and portion control is not required because the foods are protein, vitamin and mineral rich and don’t contain the sugars and carbohydrates that turn to fat. Many dieters that are looking for a low carbohydrate diet will find some of the features of the Caveman diet easy to follow, except eating with your hands is not something that some people are able to do in mixed company and the dieters that believe in raw meat should consider bacterial concerns and cooking to temperature to avoid food-borne illness.
Of course, the argument by many avid Caveman diet fanatics is that the cavemen didn’t have access to cooking many of their meals, but even this might be argued by some that believe they were able to keep fires burning, so grilling, sauteing and baking are fine, as long as no sauces or butter are used. For those that just want to follow the ingredients of the Caveman diet and not follow some of the unique eating ideas, you can still lose weight because it is essentially a no-carbohydrate to low-carbohydrate diet that has been proven to help those that need a diet for weight loss. There are no special diet foods to buy and no special portion controls or menus to worry about on the Caveman diet.
The philosophy behind the Caveman diet for eating ideas is to “Feast, Graze and Drink” as much as you want because this keeps you satisfied and the ingredients of the Caveman diet are not high in calories, sugars, fats or carbohydrates. Many consider the Caveman diet a healthy diet that allows you to eat the basic essentials your body needs because natural fiber comes from some of the fruits and vegetables you eat. Eating raw foods with your hands adds interest and some people enjoy it enough to stick with the Caveman diet to meet their weight goals and stay healthy and satisfied, as well.