I’ve recently been reading up on the Paleo diet which seems to have captured public imagination in a big way. Whilst I have a problem with the word ‘diet’ in general because it implies:
- That you will have to give something up or, in other words, deprive yourself of something you enjoy
- That it’s something you will undertake as a ‘journey’ i.e. there will be a beginning, a middle and an end, after which you will have finished your ‘journey’ and can go back to eating as you did before
this healthy life choice is certainly one that I approve of and, without realising it, have been pretty much following for the last few years.
I won’t bore you with the details as there is bucket loads of information on the internet about it but, basically, the eating plan is ‘natural’. The basic premise is that you eat what would have been available to cave men – meat, fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables. Whilst cavemen had many trials and tribulations I am sure, one of them was not trying to avoid all the additives and chemicals that are responsible for many of the health problems that we have today. If they were hungry they killed something or picked something from a tree or a plant; their nutritional needs were met by what they had available at the time. Although they risked being mauled by whatever it was they fancied to eat that day (which makes me wonder how many of them decided that vegetarianism was a good option), they didn’t risk heart disease from ingesting refined sugars, refined carbs and trans fats.
I try to eat foods that have not been ‘mucked about with’ as I like to put it – nothing processed and very little junk food (although I do have a penchant for Pizza Diavola and will indulge on rare occasions). This combined with plenty of exercise has ensured that my weight has stayed the same, give or take a couple of ounces, for the last 4 years. Personally, I’m happy to live like a cave woman except for the ‘cave’ part; indoor toilets and a front door are a must for me I’m afraid ;O)