Though many readers turn to the Paleo Diet to lose weight and look good in a bathing suit, the real lesson I learned from The Paleo Diet Revised, by Loren Cordain, is that eating the way our ancestors did should be a lifestyle, not a quick fix.
A commitment to the Paleo Diet is key if you want to benefit from the nutritional recommendations outlined by author Cordain. He clarifies that “The Paleo Diet is designed to imitate the healthful diets of our pre-agricultural ancestors. It contains the proper balance of plant and animal foods – the correct rations of protein, fat, and carbohydrate required for weight loss and excellent health.” This means followers of the diet eat whole foods like lean meats, veggies, nuts, and seeds, while generally avoiding anything with grain, along with all processed, packaged foods.
One thing I found irritating while reading about the perks of Paleo on my Kindle was that, while the author is quick to say that his meal plan is not a “diet”, he directly compares it to low-carb fad diets within the first few pages. Though he defends the six-week Paleo meal plans included in the final chapters and insists it is not a “diet” as we tend to think, me thinks he doth protest too much…
Luckily, Paleo differs from low-carb fad diets in that it does incorporate some healthy carbs and encourages the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Cordain also makes it a point to emphasize what feels best for the individual. While the base recommendations stay the same, there are tweaks and adjustments you can make to help your body adapt to a more rigid eating plan. Ultimately, the author claims that the Paleo Diet is a “delicious healthy diet you can maintain for a lifetime”.
Eating Paleo and going back to our nutritional roots goes hand in hand with the minimalist shoe craze and surge in barefoot running. It seems that despite our plugged in, techie culture, we all just want to go back to our cavemen ways.
If eating and exercising like humans in the Paleolithic era improves the health of humans today, it seems like heading backwards might just be the right direction.