Thursday, April 7, 2011

Paleo not Vegan

I had thought to go with the "low carb" diet again after my foray into Veganism turned out not to work for me so well, meaning I didn't actually lose any weight and, more importantly, I felt weak and lethargic on it.  I know I'll hear people tell me I just didn't do it right but it's really not me.  I like vegetables just fine, and I LOVE to eat pasta and rice and beans, but they don't like me that much.

So, I've decided to experiment with something else in the diet realm, the Paleo-diet, also known as the Caveman diet.  The idea here is we eat what our ancestors ate up until the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago. 

I read one book on the subject and have done some browsing.  The book is The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.  It's an entertaining read and I do recommend it if you want to read up on some of the biology behind the idea. 

This diet is a lot more natural it seems, no counting calories or carbs or any such thing.   The low carb Atkins thing made me need to use fiber supplements, which just shows it's not what our body is meant to eat, right?  This diet includes pretty much anything other than grains and dairy, the things we started eating in the Neolithic when the archaeological record shows a drastic reduction in the size and health of people who took up farming as a way of life over hunting and gathering.  I had read about the loss of size and health as a result of farming in many anthropology and archaeology books I've read but never thought to apply that to myself until now.  This is an omnivorous diet, not carniverous or vegetarian so it seems to make sense based on our evolution.  They recommend getting grass fed beef and wild caught fish, if you can afford it, which I can't.  Someday perhaps :-)

I'll let you know how it goes.  

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