Paleo Diet

Paleolithic diets emulate those of our ancestors
Paleolithic diets emulate those of our ancestors

The paleolithic (or paleo) diet is based on the food that is believed to be similar to the daily diet of cave people.

The theory is that the food that cavemen and cavewomen survived on is good for health because it was what the human body was meant to eat.

Paleolithic diets are thought to be especially useful for people with diabetes.

What is a Paleo diet?

Paleolithic diets are categorised into two groups of food, in and out.

In foods include pre-agriculture/animal foods such as:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Roots
  • Fruit
  • Berries
  • Mushrooms

Out foods, or Neolithic era foods, which resulted from either agriculture or domesticated animals.

This cuts out a lot of the bad aspects of a Western diet.

Why would someone eat a Paleolithic diet?

Many people who eat paleolithic diets are looking to return to their roots and eat more healthily.

Advocates argue that the human genome was stable with this diet for 40,000 years. Some attribute Western diseases to our food choices.

The Paleolithic diet and diabetes

The diet is a relatively low carb diet and therefore generated interest amongst people with diabetes. As paleolithic diet ingredients are all low GI, they therefore place a low demand on the pancreas and could reduce the amount of medication needed.

People considering the diet are advised to speak to a dietitian about whether the diet would be suitable for them and discuss any moderation of the diet that may be required.

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I don't drink tea or coffee so I don't have sugar. I sometimes during the day have high blood count anything between 14-28 what is the quickest way to bring them down. I feel really shattered at times with this. Please help
Posted by stiv mac, Renfrewshire on Sunday, February 26, 2012
I have found that cutting out some carbs, mainly bread and biscuits, lowers my BG quite a bit and is so satisfying physically and mentally! I use Ryvita Crackerbread. I do have to watch my weight though as I am not very heavy but the diet seems to be working. What a relief!! I also think that a teaspon of cinnamon a day helps too. I do not so far after 6 years, take medication. I use Splenda in any cakes I make.
Posted by Beesknees, Cornwall on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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