If there’s anything I have discovered in the past about dieting, it’s that determining what its OK to eat and what isn’t. Sometimes, you’ll even find different books or articles contradicting themselves. On the left you’ll see an example of what I mean. With the Stone Age diet there is no such confusion. It’s simple…eat the same as our caveman ancestors would have been able to eat.
The Stone Age diet consists of foods that can be hunted and fished, such as meat and seafood, and foods that can be gathered, such as eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices. Food groups that were eaten by humans before the Stone Age are excluded from the diet, mainly grains, legumes like beans and peanuts, dairy products, salt, sugar, and processed oils.
Meats and Eggs
Meats, seafood and eggs are perhaps the most important components of the Paleolithic Diet. Ideally, the animals from which the eggs and meat come from are fed a natural (to the animal) or as I say, weirdly, but I do, “original” diet. That is, chickens have access to greens, insects, etc…the stuff they would normally eat. Likewise, cattle eat grass and other pasture greenery. Fish should come from the wild, or at least be fed what wild fish eat. In any case, meats should be free of breading of any kind.
Loren Cordain (The Paleo Diet) believes we should seek out low-fat meat sources, while others disagree. His reasoning is that today’s meats are much higher in saturated fat so we should seek out low fat meats and then supplement with fats from other sources.
Vegetables are strongly encouraged and the rule simply says that if it can’t be eaten raw, don’t eat it (though this doesn’t mean that it must be eaten raw, only that it should be able to be eaten raw). Potatoes are of varying opinions but sweet potatoes are universally allowed.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are allowed, though Cordain suggests that those who want to lose weight limit them to four ounces per day. Note that peanuts are legumes and NOT allowed. Some don’t allow cashews, since they can’t be eaten raw. Unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk are often used as substitutes for dairy. Check out my recipe book to the right to get some great ideas
The oils from allowed plants are fine. Olive oil and nut oils including coconut oil are a main source of the cooking oil and are encouraged (The Paleo Diet recommends canola oil, but not coconut oil). Fish oil supplements are allowed because they are all natural.
Water and Tea are the main liquids that are encouraged in the Stone Age Diet. Beyond those 2 items, beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners are out. I know that this may be a little difficult for some people to take on, especially with coffee, beer and diet sodas excluded from the diet. The Paleo Diet says that occasionally the diet soda is proabably OK, although I avoid these at all costs.