If you’re new to my story, go read the ‘About’ section. It’s got everything you need to know.
I’ll start you off with a little somethin’ fresh.
Today is my 10th day on Paleo. It’s not entirely strict, although my first seven days were. When you’re jumping into something, you’ve got to give yourself time to adjust. I’m not one of those girls who tries to diet for a week and gives up the minute she sees a cupcake – oh, no. I’m one of those girls who struggles with something until I just convince myself it’s not worth it anymore. That’s something I’ve got to overcome, and my new lifestyle is keeping me in check.
I’m not all for putting my stats online, but I’m trying to make a change here. I’m a 22 year old female, 186 pounds, and ready to start over.
Here’s as little about what I’m doing.
The ‘Paleolithic’ Diet [wikipedia.org]
The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.
Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
First popularized in the mid-1970s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin, this nutritional concept has been promoted and adapted by a number of authors and researchers in several books and academic journals. A common theme in evolutionary medicine, Paleolithic nutrition is based on the premise that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and therefore that an ideal diet for human health and well-being is one that resembles this ancestral diet. Proponents of this diet argue that modern human populations subsisting on traditional diets allegedly similar to those of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers are largely free of diseases of affluence, and that two small prospective studies of the Paleolithic diet in humans have shown some positive health outcomes. Supporters point to several potentially therapeutic nutritional characteristics of allegedly preagricultural diets.
So here starts my journey into hunter-gatherer consumption. Wish me luck!