Ways of Eating: Paleo

Throughout the month of January, we’re going to look at several different types of popular contemporary diets, and share a few recipes that illustrate that particular way of eating.

This week we’ll look at the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet.

Stone (Age) Soup. Sometimes also called the Stone Age diet, or the “caveman diet,” Paleo is a high-protein, very low-carb eating regimen based roughly on the kinds of foods we presume to have been eaten by early humans: consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fruit.

A paleo diet uses none of the “modern” foods that were introduced to our diet when farming emerged (about 10,000 years ago), transitioning us from nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled agricultural lifestyles. What’s more, the Paleo diet largely avoids all processed foods as well. These restricted foods include dairy products, legumes (peanuts and beans) and grains. Oh! And caffeine and sugar.