Real men have curves. So the term paleo diet alone should have us running towards the nearest bar to drown our amusement with a few bottles of beer. However, there’s a need to correct some misconceptions about this type of diet being exclusively for girls. In fact, you know what other terms the paleo diet is known for? The caveman diet. There’s nothing manlier than going back 10,000 years ago to the time when men were real men: hunting and feeding on what’s available in nature and not in the grocery shelf.
WHY THE PALEO DIET IS NOT TOO GIRLY FOR YOU TO TRY OUT
The term paleo diet is a contraction of the Paleolithic period. Don’t go off the page to Google the term just yet. To make it easier for you, I’ll just give the Cliff Notes. During that time, humans developed stone tools and also realized the importance of community for survival. They are mainly hunters and gatherers and take what’s available to them. It can be insects, game, shellfish, nuts, fruits, fish, roots, and berries. A variation of those basic food items is basically what paleo diet is all about.
Here are some of the food that you should avoid when on the paleo diet.
See how delicious that looks? With the caramel frosting dripping out to the sides? Well, say goodbye to cakes because the paleo diet doesn’t take too kindly with sugary foods and drinks. Did cavemen have cakes? I didn’t think so.
You can almost taste the salsa from the above picture. But no matter how tempting it is, again, no dice. Salt is taboo in the paleo diet. So that means no chips, and say goodbye to that part of your tongue dedicated to tasting anything salty, either.
3. ENERGY DRINKS
Energy drinks are basically concentrated sugar in a bottle, so that’s definitely off the table for you. In the same vein, soda and soft drinks are also not allowed in the paleo diet.
I’m almost tempted not to put this here because this could be the deal breaker for most men. But really, if you are going to walk the same shoes (or in the case of cavemen, the same soiled bare feet) as the early men, you can’t be drinking beer, wine or anything with toxins in it. It’s as simple as that.
But there’s some saving grace, of course. For one, not all bacon products are taboo (only those that are filled with preservatives and nitrates). Then you can still eat your favorite steak or chicken wings, lamb chops or lobsters and crabs. There are actually several websites that list the complete do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing the food you put into your body.
Thinking about going the paleo diet route? Here’s a video from Steve Oliver on how to plan and eat like a caveman:
As you can see, it takes an enormous amount of self-control if you are going to strictly follow the paleo diet. There’s nothing girly with having to turn down an offer of beer. You really have to channel your inner caveman to have the willpower to stick to this fossilized regimen.
Here is a food article that you might be interested in. Ready to try the Paleo diet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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