I’ve been trying to eat a healthy diet for the past few years, but recently I changed to a new diet regime - the Paleo Diet. It works like this. Hunter/gatherers past and present apparently don’t seem to suffer many degenerative or obesity related diseases. They have an active lifestyle, and they eat a very different diet to us - the sort of diet that (it could be argued), we evolved to eat. Lots of plants, fish, wild-meats, nuts, etc. They don’t eat modern processed and refined foods such as sugar, transfat, bread, beer, pastry, cakes, junk food, sweets/candy, biscuits/cookies, etc. They don’t even eat foods that have been around rather longer, such as any grains, flour, rice, potato, any dairy products, etc. Paleo lifestylers argue that they eat an evolutionary diet - the kind of foods (and activity levels) that we evolved to.
Now, I can see weaknesses in some of their arguments - it is a low-carb diet; 6,000 to 10,000 years of grains and dairy is probably long enough to evolve to a new diet (e.g. most of us are lactose tolerant) of grain and dairy; hunter-gatherers have a shorter average lifespan, etc.
However, the prehistorian in me can’t help being attracted to this lifestyle, it just seems to make sense - it may be strict (well, how strict really depends on the consumer), but it certainly excludes the worst modern foods - sugar, processed fats, refined carbs, salt, etc - and it promotes in particular, crossfitness (a mixture of activities and exercises including strength training, but also cardio), and a healthier omega 3/6 ratio.
It could be used as an excuse to eat tonnes of red meat, but in actual fact it should promote the eating of fish, shellfish, offal, organic pasture grazed red meat, wild meat, and above all LOTS of plants - vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc. I try hard to find as much variety in foods - especially fruit n’ veg as possible each week. Five portions of fruit and veg a day? Not bloody likely, nearer to eight or more!
So to celebrate my conversion (or rather experiment) - here is a typical breakfast for this Paleo Lifestyler - all quickly grilled in my George Foreman this morning, a hearty grain, dairy, and junk food free breakfast - rich in omega 3 :-)