Have I mentioned that I’ve spent much of the past year living life as a modern day cave woman? About a year ago, my chiropractor gave me the book, Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, which explains the basics of the Paleo diet, a way of eating that mimics our supposedly uber-healthy Paleolithic ancestors. Eating Paleo generally means embracing fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts — the things our cave man and woman ancestors ate — and staying away from they things they didn’t, mainly because the foods didn’t exist yet. These foods include grains, dairy, legumes, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
Proponents of the diet say our DNA is crying out for us to return to the ways of our ancient forbearers, and that eating a cave diet can offer health benefits ranging from clearing up digestive issues to reducing the risk for obesity, diabetes and other diseases. After 10 months of eating Paleo most of the time, I can personally vouch for some benefits. The runaway Mommy Brain that had turned into chronic brain fog disappeared almost overnight after I gave up wheat and dairy. My energy levels, which had flagged over the past few years, have also made a welcome rebound.