Ahh, trendy diets. Indeed, the gluten-free diet that most of us adhere to is among the many diet regimes that is taken up by celebrities and soccer moms alike, though a lot of us would argue that a gluten-free diet is a necessity, not a trend. With the Paleo diet, it seems to be firmly in the ‘optional’ category, though I have some friends who are adhering to it, and report positive results.
The Paleolithic Diet, also known as the Caveman diet, Stone Age diet and Hunter-Gatherer diet, is one that believes in eating food that our ancestors way back in the Paleolithic time could have theoretically eaten.
Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of grass-fed pasture raised meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. 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.
Since the diet is free from grains, that makes it a gluten-free diet. And while we welcome new people to the GF bandwagon, the jury is still decidedly out on whether this dietary regime is worth its weight in grass-fed beef. Regardless, Portland has a number of Paleo-friendly spots, in case you’re interested in trying it out.
Portland-based Paleo Plan is a site dedicated to helping you figure out your diet. It offers plans that include recipes, coaching and lots of other resources. In terms of restaurants, Dick’s Kitchen is a local restaurant that caters to, and encourages the diet. That includes a menu featuring lean protein like bison.
Do you readers subscribe to this diet, or have insight into it? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
UPDATE: NPR recently had an article about the Paleo diet, you can read up on its findings here.